Owensboro Symphony presenting ‘The Crown Jewel’ for season finale, featuring guests Breiwick and Burton

April 19, 2024 | 12:10 am

Updated April 18, 2024 | 9:57 pm

The Owensboro Symphony is concluding its 58th season with “The Crown Jewel” of performances this weekend, featuring masterpieces of English composers Elgar, Vaughn Williams, and Walton. Guest artists Deanna Breiwick and three-time Grammy Award-winning Dashon Burton, as weel as the Owensboro Symphony Chorus, will join the Symphony on stage.

The show, titled “The Crown Jewel,” will begin at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the RiverPark Center.

“Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem is an extraordinary piece that urges us to consider peaceful resolutions to conflicts,” said Troy Quinn, Music Director. “The composition is characterized by its haunting modal melodies and brilliant orchestrations. It seamlessly weaves together anti-war poetry by Walt Whitman, political and biblical references to peace-making, resulting in a deeply moving and profound narrative.”

The Owensboro Symphony Chorus is led by Dennis Jewett, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

“The Owensboro Symphony Chorus is beyond excited to take part in this performance with the Symphony and two celebrated vocalists in performing Dona Nobis Pacem — a truly awe-inspiring choral masterpiece,” Jewett said. “The chorus will be composed of 80 singers, so you can expect a truly grand performance.”

As part of the Symphony’s Guest on the Go program, Breiwick and Burton will visit Owensboro High School choral students on Friday before the concert. This program allows guest artists to meet with students to inspire them to embrace their talents and abilities. Once the school day program concludes, the students are offered an opportunity to attend a live concert.

Concert attendees are encouraged to join Troy Quinn in Cannon Hall from 6:15-6:40 p.m. for a “Behind the Music” pre-concert conversation about the performance. Behind the Music is designed to enhance the concert experience and provide insights into the music and music-makers performing on the program. 

Tickets are $53 and $45 plus the box office fee. For tickets, call 270-684-0661, visit OwensboroSymphony.org, or visit the RiverPark Center Box Office at 101 Daviess Street. Student tickets are $12.50 each plus box office fee. 

“As we approach the final concert of the 58th season, I can’t help but recognize how fortunate we are as an organization to be present in a community that has such a love for the arts,” said Gwyn Payne, CEO of the Symphony. “We are grateful to our donors, patrons, corporate and community partners, and world-class musicians for making this season a memorable one.”

April 19, 2024 | 12:10 am

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