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Germantown Symphony Orchestra celebrates 40th anniversary

Mayor with GSO

At the Jan. 11 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Mayor Mike Palazzolo presented proclamations in celebration of the Germantown Symphony Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season and the Germantown Chorus’ 30th anniversary season.
Paul Chandler, Executive Director of GPAC, was also on hand for the event.
On behalf of the BMA, Palazzolo declared April 23 as Germantown Symphony Day. GSP will hold their 40th Anniversary Gala Concert at GPAC that date and will feature a great selection of music from Copland to Beethoven.
Former GSO conductors John Hodges and Patricia Brumbaugh will join Ron Vernon along with other special guests, violinist Daniel Gilbert with Anthony Gilbert conducting, to create an exciting and memorable evening of music. Both Daniel and Anthony are grandchildren of GSO founding conductor, Noel Gilbert.
This concert is being sponsored in major part by Fidelity Investments of Germantown and the GSO’s entire season is made possible in part by a grant from the Germantown Arts Alliance and generous ongoing support from GPAC.
The GSO is one of the top community orchestras in the United States and boasts a membership of over 65 musicians. It is a diverse, self-governed, all-volunteer organization that is a microcosm of the community it serves and is committed to promoting young artists and serving the community in many ways.
The GSO is the community orchestra in residence at GPAC and performs numerous annual concerts during its classical season, including the Young Artist Concert and the popular Holiday Concert in collaboration with the Germantown Chorus, as well as pops concerts in the surrounding communities. This season also marks the GSO’s fifteenth under the baton of Dr. Ronald Vernon and the fifteenth consecutive year for its annual Young Artist Concerto Competition.
The Germantown Chorus was started as a summer program sponsored by Germantown’s Parks and Recreation department in the summer 1986.
The group performs three to six concerts annually including performances at the Germantown Festival and the Annual Holiday Homecoming concert in conjunction with the Germantown Symphony each year at the GPAC. They sing for various civic functions and retirement communities each year as well. The chorus is making plans for an upcoming youth concert, with dates to be announced.
The Germantown Chorus is a non-profit, non-auditioned group of singers from a wide variety of backgrounds who wish to foster their love of singing and share that joy with the greater Memphis area through professional-quality performances and community outreach. Membership is open to anyone with a desire to sing and be a part of this group. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church choir rehearsal room.
Join these two Germantown arts organizations in celebrating this season.

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