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Hometown Boy’s Childhood Dream to Conduct the Fort Collins Symphony to Come True

Dr. Ed Siegel will realize a childhood dream as he guest conducts the Fort Collins Symphony in the Prelude to Carmen during the 4th of July Celebration at City Park. Maestro Wes Kenney will conduct the remainder of the concert entitled Reflection on America which will feature such patriotic favorites as an Armed Forces Salute, America the Beautiful, Stars and Stripes, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It will also include popular pieces from Jurassic Park, and Superman. The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. and conclude with awe-inspiring fireworks. Ed Siegel, son of successful and community-minded parents, Julian and Ida Siegel, was…
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Maestro Wes Kenney to Direct Symphony’s 2015-16 Season

Fort Collins Symphony Association’s board president Maury Dobbie was pleased to announce today Maestro Wes Kenney’s contract as Music Director has been extended through 2017. Now beginning his thirteenth year, the award-winning conductor will lead the orchestra as they offer a season filled with legendary music composed and performed by artists who will leave a legacy of great performances. The 2015-16 Legends & Legacies Season begins on October 3, 2015 and will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with guest artist Norman Krieger on piano. Wes Kenney was hired as the Music Director of the…
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Fei-Fei Dong Performs

Fei-Fei Dong performing for the Fort Collins Symphony Soiree at the home of Josh & Kay Shelby on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Video by Paul Kopco
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Interview with classical pianist Fei-Fei Dong

Interview with classical pianist Fei-Fei Dong the day after her brilliant performance with the Fort Collins Symphony, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Her website: http://www.feifeidong.com/ Video by Paul Kopco
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Beat Beethoven 5K 2015

The Annual Beat Beethoven 5k was held on March 29, 2015 at 9:00 am in downtown Fort Collins. The run began with Maestro Wes Kenney's baton launching the opening notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony at the race starting line. The goal was to complete the course before the music ended and therefore "beat" Beethoven (approximately 33 minutes). Proceeds benefit the Fort Collins Symphony's youth education and community engagement programs.
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FCS Goes into the Mist

Author: Kate Forgach, KRFC, Host - Tattle Tales https://www.facebook.com/KRFCTattleTales The Lincoln Center’s Main Performance Hall was transformed into a tropical African jungle last Saturday, as the Fort Collins Symphony performed the world premiere of composer Wil Swindler’s concerto “In The Mist”. Guest artist April Johannesen’s gleaming bass clarinet sensitively portrayed the adult male gorilla, or silverback, who led his gentle family group of gorillas through a day in their lives. A passionate supporter of gorillas and wildlife conservation, Johannesen commissioned the piece from her husband, Wil Swindler, and brought it to fruition with the sponsorship of local philanthropists Gwen and…
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Symphony Interruptus

Cell phones are the natural enemy of any live performing arts organization. An accidental ring is extremely annoying to the performers and everyone else in attendance. The unexpected sound causes audience members to wonder, “Was that my phone?” before pulling them out to make sure they had indeed remembered to turn it off prior to the performance. It is a precarious relationship between audience member and cell phone technology and one that adds drama to any live situation. It is within this context that Fort Collins resident, artistic “Mad Scientist,” and community treasure Charlie Hatchette developed the concept for an…
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Gorilla, Gorilla, Gorilla Recap

For all who turned out, Gorilla, Gorilla, Gorilla, was a wonderful event filled with fantastic live music, beautiful art, snacks, cupcakes from Butter Cream Cupcakery, wine generously donated by Donna Stroh, and Picnic Rock Pale Ale from Horse & Dragon Brewing Company. A big thank you to Hedy Reynolds and Rich Shipman for your loyal help pouring the beer and wine. There was jewelry as well as photography and mixed media art for sale. Another huge thank you to Susie McCollum for volunteering to run this table! Our musicians for this event: April Johannesen, Wil Swindler, and Dana Landry were amazing. …
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Schwartz’s Legacy Honored Through Recent Scholarship Awards

The legacy of Will Schwartz, founder of the Fort Collins Symphony and beloved professor of music, lives on in the pursuits of local music students who recently received scholarships in his name. In 1949, Schwartz founded and then grew a modest community orchestra into a dynamic professional symphony, sharing with the community his passion and belief that beautiful music has a profound and positive effect on the human psyche. As the conductor of the symphony for 50 years, he devoted his professional life to making magnificent musical works available to as many listeners as possible. Today, the Fort Collins Symphony…
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