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Outside Voices: Goodyear Park

August 1 at 7:30 pm

The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents its Outside Voices Concert Series at Goodyear Metro Park on August 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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Outside Voices: Goodyear Park

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Date:
August 1
Time:
7:30 pm
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Venue

Goodyear Metro Park
2077 Newton Street
Akron, OH 44305 United States
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Phone:
330.535.8131

The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents its Outside Voices Concert Series at Goodyear Metro Park on August 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The free concert, presented in partnership with the City of Akron, will feature the Akron Symphony Virtuosi performing works from Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy and John Philip Sousa.

The Outside Voices Concert Series focuses on the music of under-represented composers who are “outside” of the standard repertoire, along with numerous audience favorites. The series presents an opportunity for the ASO to expand its musical offerings and share a diversity of composers with the Northeast Ohio community.

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 2021-22 season.

Please note: Concerts are weather dependent. All programming subject to change.

Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Kenneth Nilsestuen, guest conductor
Akron Symphony Virtuosi

Sousa Semper Fidelis
Strauss Jr. Artists Quadrille
Joplin Maple Leaf Rag
Joplin Ragtime Dance
Joplin Treemonisha Overture
Traditional Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Delaney Jazz Me Blues
Still Serenade
Handy St. Louis Blues March
Amram En memoria de Chano Pozo

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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 gourmet 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 Goodyear Metro 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)

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