PONCA CITY – The Joint Orchestra Fall Concert originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19 has been rescheduled due to Stillwater not able to make the event. Therefor, the two rivals of Ponca City and Stillwater will join together for a night of beautiful music when the Ponca City Public School Symphony Orchestra once again unites with the Stillwater High School Symphony Orchestra in their annual combined Fall Concert on Monday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Ponca City School Concert Hall. The Concert is free, and the entire community is invited.
Ponca City High School’s Symphony Strings open the night with Richard Stephan’s Fantasia on a 17th Century Tune, a haunting arrangement of the hymn Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Next, Ponca City Percussion Director, Andrew Orr, joins the orchestra to showcase a rock rendition of Karl Jenkins’ Palladio, as heard on the 1993 commercial for De Beers Diamonds.
The Stillwater High School Orchestra then takes the stage with the chorale masterpiece, Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium arranged for strings by Dackow. They then explore Scandinavian traditional tunes though Rhythmic Variations on Two Ancient Hymns by Hanson. Following this, the two orchestras combine, under the direction of Ponca City’s former Maestro Dan Larson, to take the audience to 1600s Scotland through Rutter’s arrangement of O Waly Waly. The concert concludes with taking up arms in the name of the Roman God of War, Mars, in Holst’s perhaps most famous movement of The Planets suite.
Head directors Paula Cochran of Ponca City and Scott Jackson of Stillwater, along with Ponca City assistant directors Katie Rolf and Ella Gordon, welcome the union of both communities for a night of incredible performances.