Symphony wows crowd, again

Last Saturday, March 7, Dr. Selmer Spitzer conducted their third symphony concert of the season that left the crowd cheering by the end of the night at the Virgin Valley High School Auditorium.

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The members of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra prepare for their performance last Saturday night at the Virgin Valley High School Auditorium. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

The members of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra (SNSO) wowed the audience in their tribute to several compositions inspired by historical wars that told the soldiers’ stories in a different way.

Included in the moving concert was a special number called “Inchon”, based on the invasion of South Korea by North Korea in 1950. As part of the masterpiece, several members of the orchestra were strategically staged at all corners of the auditorium with ‘helicopter drums’ while one on stage used a special tool to create the sounds of the ocean.

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Mesquite Honor Guard members Bob Bean (front) and Paul LeVan (back) present the flags that remained in the spotlight for the night during the second half of the concert. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

Paul LeVan and Bob Bean of the Mesquite Honor Guard presented the American and POW Flags as the audience stood to honor the veterans from the United States.

In a finale, the orchestra performed the iconic “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, bringing the crowd to their feet. That composition, originally by John Philip Sousa, was signed into law as federal bill S. 860 by President Ronald Reagan on December 11, 1987 and designated as ‘The National March of the United States of America’”

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Dr. Selmer Spitzer addresses the audience Saturday night near the end of the Orchestra’s concert. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

The SNSO will be performing next on Saturday, April 11, 2015. At the time of publication, the location has not been determined, but Dr. Spitzer confirmed they will perform then.

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