Letter: GSO expanded our horizons

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November 18, 2015

Congratulations to Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra for their superb Masterworks concert Legends, Mysteries, Miracles. The first half featured two incredible symphonic works: two movements from the Metropolis Symphony (inspired by the story of Superman) by Michael Daugherty, and Rainbow Body by Christopher Theofanidis. Both Daugherty and Theofanidis are contemporary American composers.

What many think of as symphonic music typically comes from the Classical genre that we have become accustomed to listening to, mostly created by European composers. It was refreshing to hear modern works by American composers that challenge the status quo as we Americans have been doing since 1776.

One of the roles of a symphony orchestra is to broaden the ability of its patrons to appreciate the full breadth of symphonic music, not only the Classical genre. Kudos and thanks to Maestro Tchivzhel and the GSO for bravely expanding the musical horizons of our community.

Bill Johnson


The writer is the former Executive Director of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.