September 2013 NewsFlash


A Historic First

Children under 15 Admitted Free

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st, the Manhattan Symphonie, led by conductor and violinist Gregory Singer, will become the first professional symphony orchestra to ever play at the historic Milford Theatre. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Grey Towers National Historic Site, where the father of the conservation movement, Gifford Pinchot, and his family introduced modern forestry and other sustainable practices to America, the concert is called Nature in Music. Tickets cost $20 at the box office or $15 in advance; see below for more information about tickets and free admission for children.

True to its Nature in Music theme, the program will include "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr. such as "Blue Danube" and "Vienna Woods," and excerpts from Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring." Antonin Dvorak's "Silent Woods" will feature a special appearance by cellist Yosif Feigelson, an internationally renowned soloist who lives in MIlford. Thanks to the sheer size of the orchestra and the nature of this program, this ensemble will be able to fill the theater with a sound as big as the great outdoors.

The Orchestra
The Manhattan Symphonie was created in 2005, and before that year was over it performed in Carnegie Hall. Featuring both young virtuosi and revered veterans of the three Lincoln Center orchestras, it went on to tour overseas and, as many New Yorkers may recall, played an important part in the ten-year commemoration of 9/11. The music critic for The New York Sun is just one of many reviewers who have praised "the unbounded enthusiasm of the players, who seem to realize how blessed they were to be able to intone such heavenly music -- a far cry from most...professional bands."

Conductor and music director Gregory Singer has also conducted the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed as a violinist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Symphony, and the Composers Orchestra, and at the Barge Concert Series he has joined forces with Ruth Laredo and Lukas Foss. Aside from his professional accomplishments, Singer is also the ideal conductor to present a Nature in Music program the subject really is dear to his heart. When he doesn't have a violin or baton in his hand, he's an avid bicyclist and painter.

The Grey Towers Connection
Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, Inc., which produces concerts for the public and arranges music education events for school students, started out as a volunteer group that put together concerts and lectures at Grey Towers for the Pinchot Institute. Today Kindred Spirits is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by funds from individuals, businesses, and government agencies.

Tickets for the concert, at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21st, cost $20 at the box office or $15 when purchased in advance on the Kindred Spirits Arts Programs website, The public can also buy tickets at Books and Prints at Pear Alley, 220 Broad Street, Milford. Children under 15 are admitted free.

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