KEARNEY — Music typically connects listeners to the traditions, moods and festivities of holidays.
Alison Gaines, director of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, hopes to have fun the upcoming holidays with a live performance that includes music by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart in addition to extra trendy composers like Scott Joplin and Edward Elgar.
“Vacation Kick-Off” acknowledges a wide range of holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Yr’s, Kwanzaa in addition to Hanukkah.
“There actually isn’t a giant repertory of Thanksgiving music,” Gaines mentioned. “Ralph Vaughan Williams has a bit for choir and orchestra known as ‘Track of Thanksgiving,’ however Thanksgiving is a more moderen vacation than Christmas. Christmas has had numerous years to get some repertory going.”
The Kearney Symphony Orchestra normally presents a vacation live performance between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This 12 months, due to the COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions, Gaines determined to program a free livestreamed live performance 10 days earlier than Thanksgiving. The orchestra will current “Vacation Kick-Off” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. To entry the video, go to unk.edu.
“As a result of it’s taking place earlier than Thanksgiving as a substitute of its standard first week of December, we’re calling the live performance ‘Vacation Kick-Off,’” she mentioned. “We are going to use the identical format we had in our first live performance this season: Brass and percussion enjoying first, adopted by music from the woodwinds after which the strings.”