On Sunday October 17th, the Orchestra of the Bronx returned to Lovinger Hall at Lehman college despite harsh budget cuts. Due to government cutbacks the orchestra slimmed down to a relatively small group of talented musicians conducted by the spirited Michael Spierman.
What the performance lacked in percussion was made up for by the unfettered sounds of woodwinds brass and bass. The performance had the intimate feeling of an unplugged version of many popular rock bands without the intereference of the modern pop music world.
At the beginning of the concert an official explained the nature of the cuts, expressing his discomfort with depleting this vital piece of Bronx life. Since 1972 this organization has been playing concerts all over the borough and exposing this, sometimes underappreciated art form to any one who can make it to the shows and now needs our help to return to its glory.
Despite the cuts, the Orchestra will march on with their traditional holiday show. “A Bronx Messiah (Handel).” It will be a fully chorused rendition of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 3 pm at the Lehman College Concert Hall and features the musical talents of Emily Newton – Soprano, Dawn Pierce – Mezzo Soprano, Eapen Leubner – Tenor, Jorge Ocasio – Bass and Michael Spierman – Conductor. It will be followed by the fourth anniversary food show and tasting, “A Taste of the Bronx.”
Now, with recent cuts in funding for the Orchestra of the Bronx, there is no better time to make your own offering. To ensure the good will and positivity this organization brings not only to the Bronx but to all who attend their shows, please go to the Orchestra of the Bronx home page and find out how you can make a difference.
Tickets for “A Bronx Messiah (Handel)” are $25, $15 and $10 with children 12 and under for $10. Remember the ticket also includes admission to the flavor festivities after the show.
For more info go to: www.bronxorchestra.org