Monday, May 28, 2018

Successful Premiere of "Forever Young"

Russo's "Forever Young" received its first performance at New Haven's Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 27, 2018 by Orchestra New England under the direction of conductor James Sinclair.  The performance took place at Lyman Auditorium on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. The performance was enthusiastically received by the audience, giving Russo and the orchestra a standing ovation.  The composer said "The audience's response to my 'Forever Young" overture was overwhelming to was especially moving since there were so many veterans and veterans' families in the audience.  My dear friends in the orchestra performed my music beautifully -- I was greatly moved by their wonderful performance of my heartfelt music".   

Saturday, May 5, 2018

"Forever Young" Overture to be given its World Premiere

On Sunday, May 27th at 5pm Russo's "Forever Young" Overture will be given its first performance by Orchestra New England, James Sinclair conductor at Lyman Auditorium on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University - 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515.   This music is on the program of this Memorial Day Concert which the City of New Haven sponsors each year.   The concert is free and open to the public.

Below is some information regarding the music:

Descriptive information about “Forever Young” Overture from the composer:

"In June 2017 I watched a documentary about the June 6, 1944 D-Day landing at Normandy.   In the course of the documentary, while they scanned the many white crosses of the Normandy cemetery, a general said “We consider the many young soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice that day as ‘Forever Young’”   That heartfelt comment inspired the composing of my Forever Young Overture during the summer of 2017 – in the music I try to express the strength and courage those young soldiers had and their sacrifice for freedom on that fateful day.    The fact that my father, George Russo, landed in Normandy later that June added to the personal nature of the music."

Friendship Concert Huge Success

At 3:30pm on Sunday April 29th at the Wilton (CT) Library Russo's "Friendship Concert" was performed to an audience of about 150 people.   The performers played Russo's music superbly and a great time was had by all.   The specific information (i.e. performers, program) can be read in a previous post below.