In Friday’s (4/20) Spectrum & Daily News (southern Utah), J.J. Abernathy previewed the Southwest Symphony Orchestra’s April 20 concert of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Brahms Double Concerto. For the concert, the orchestra “is partnering with the Utah Food Bank ‘to bring food, hope and inspiration to all those in need,’ according to symphony board chair Alyce Stevens Gardner. ‘That is why we have chosen “Feeding Body and Soul” as our concert theme, a concept inspired by the League of American Orchestras’ initiative to feed body and soul’ [through Orchestras Feeding America]. The symphony’s efforts began April 14, when musicians from the symphony, family, friends and other volunteers met at the Utah Food Bank to lend their hands where needed. On concert night, baskets for cash donations will be placed at the entrances of the Cox Auditorium…. ‘We believe it is just as important we feed our souls as we do our bodies,’ says symphony maestro Lucas Darger, ‘and that’s where our music and the musicians come in. Beethoven’s Eroica … revolutionized symphonic music.’ … Often played at funerals and memorial services, the second movement has been said to provide solace and comfort in times of tragedy and sorrow.”

Posted April 24, 2018