Frank Ruggles’s nature photography is “the basis for ‘Expedition,’ a short film that will be screened during ‘Local Focus,’ a performance on Saturday by the Central Ohio Symphony to celebrate its 40th anniversary,” writes Terry Mikesell in Thursday’s (4/25) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio). “The soundtrack for the short film, which runs about 15 minutes, will be the works ‘Blue Glacier Decoy’ by Jennifer Jolley and ‘Keyah’ by Lauren Spavelko.… From 2007 to ‘11, Ruggles was the official photographer for the National Park Service.… Warren Hyer, executive director of the symphony and a Delaware native, said he pitched the idea to Ruggles in 2016 when the two were being inducted into the Delaware Hayes High School hall of fame.… Ruggles said, ‘we realized that it would be cool to get other Delaware natives involved.’ Hyer, 65, said that the idea fit into the symphony’s mission … ‘as much as possible to feature Ohio artists.’ … Jolley, a former instructor at Ohio Wesleyan, and Spavelko, a Wesleyan alumna, received commissions for short compositions.… (Composer Danny Clay, a Sunbury native, and pianist and Delaware native Jacob Miller, will also contribute to ‘Local Focus.’)” Also on the program are works by Gershwin and Dvořák.

Posted April 25, 2019