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Prof. Orcenith Smith to Conduct Indianapolis Philharmonic in Concert of Patriotic Music Friday Night

June 29, 2005

orcenith smith.jpgJune 29, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - The hometown of the "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley, welcomes conductor Orcenith Smith, director of the DePauw Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Philharmonic for a unique patriotic concert this Friday evening, July 1. The full orchestra concert, which will be performed in the Hancock County courthouse square in Greenfield, will feature music saluting both America and its Armed Forces. The event will also include the presentation of the flag by the color guard of the National Guard and a reading of the James Whitcomb Riley's poem, "Liberty: New Castle, July 4, 1878."

According to Professor Smith, "Most communities find ways to celebrate the 4th of July, but this concert brings together a particular mix of poignant and patriotic elements. In particular, Riley's poem is insightful and powerful over 125 years later and gives a special, local interest to the concert."

Also on the program is The American Dream by DePauw School of Music Professor and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra trombonist, James Beckel. "Played by orchestras and bands nationwide, Beckel's American Dream is as heartfelt as any music that touches on the fabric of our hopes for the future,” says Smith. "It is, at once, a noble, energetic and inspiring tribute to those who have toiled and sacrificed to make our country great."

For more information on Friday's concert, which begins at 7 p.m., click here