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Outside Voices: Firestone Park
August 8 at 7:30 pm
The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents its Outside Voices Concert Series at Firestone Park on August 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Bring your appetite!
We are pleased to welcome Kait’s Carts as the exclusive food truck for our Outside Voices Concerts in August. Kait’s is a locally sourced food cart that serves delicious food with excellent service, all while supporting local businesses and our community. Click here to check out the menu and learn more at their website.
RSVP for the Firestone Park Concert
While all the concerts in the Outside Voices series are free, we ask that those planning to attend RSVP by filling out the form below. As our way of saying “thank you,” everyone who RSVPs will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to an ASO concert at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall during the 2020-21 season.
Did You Know?
Tom Delaney composed some of the biggest hits of the 1920s and his songs were recorded by everyone from Count Basie to Ma Rainey. Delaney got his start in the Jenkins Orphanage choir, and from there he formed the Springfield Minstrels. Delaney performed in a song-and-dance duo, and played piano on the vaudeville circuit before finding his voice as a songwriter, with his breakthrough hit being Jazz Me Blues. (Source: Greenville News)
W.C. Handy earned the title of The Father of the Blues in 1912 by writing and publishing the first commercially successful blues song, Memphis Blues. In 1914, he made his fame — and fortune — writing and publishing The St. Louis Blues, which, in the days before hit records, became a million-selling sheet music phenomenon. (Source: Memphis Music Hall of Fame)
William Grant Still was one of the most prominent African American contributors to the history of classical music, a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance, and known to his colleagues as the “Dean of Afro-American composers.” Still composed the first symphonic work by a black composer to be performed by a major U.S. orchestra, the Afro-American Symphony, premiered by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1931. By blending jazz, blues, and spirituals into a traditional classical form and placing them within the context of the concert hall, Still highlights these styles as something to be celebrated, rather than downcast as low class or vulgar music.
Since the early 1950s, composer David Amram has traveled the world extensively, working as a musician and a conductor in over 35 countries including Cuba, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan, Israel, Latvia and China. He also regularly crisscrosses the United States and Canada. (Source: davidamram.com)