The Live Wire brass ensemble will be one of five ensemble groups to perform at the Sunday, April 15 Sanctuary Series concert. CONTRIBUTED

Live Wire to power April Sanctuary Series in Springfield

Brass, woodwind, strings and percussion in separate doses performed by Springfield Youth Symphony musicians will spark the next Sanctuary Series event.

The Live Wire Ensembles, a chamber music division of the symphony, will feature five separate ensembles during the Sunday, April 15 concert at High United Methodist Church.

The 3 p.m. concert is free, but free-will offerings to continue the series will be accepted. A reception to meet the performers will follow the concert in the church commons.

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Youth Symphony musicians come from 30 schools and home schools from six counties.

Concert selections will include: works by Juan Morel Campos and Johann Strauss II, presented by the Brass Quintet; Debussy’s “Reverie” and Herman Stein’s “Sour Suite,” performed by the Woodwind Quintet.

Also on the program will be “Allegro con brio” from Beethoven’s “String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No 1,” and pieces by Kuhlau, Joplin and Bethena to be performed by a Clarinet Trio.

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Chorale, chorus voices to complement Symphony concert

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 90 musicians will be complemented by the human instrument during its season finale concert, Saturday, April 14 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

The combined voices from the Springfield Symphony Chorale and chorus members from Wittenberg University will make the presentation of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” an epic experience.

“Any time you put that many voices onstage with musicians that’s a lot of energy,” said Basil Fett, Symphony Chorale conductor.

This is the second time the chorale and Wittenberg have come together. Wittenberg’s group features students under the direction of Erik Zinter.

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The chorale has been going strong for about 12 years and includes singers from this area including Urbana and Yellow Springs, but as far as Dayton and Columbus.

Fett said it’s a nice core to have, and is proud of having more than 40 male voices

“They are a good, hardworking crew,” he said.

He anticipates one of the concert’s second half highlights will be an angel chorus of female singers, who will sing from a box in the auditorium with their voices carrying over the seats.

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