Alliance Symphony Orchestra to Perform with Acclaimed Musician, Alex Bevan

August 05, 2016

Alex BevanThe Alliance Symphony Orchestra will be performing with acclaimed northeast Ohio singer-songwriter, Alex Bevan, during their performance at the annual Carnation Festival. Bevan, known as “The Skinny Kid from Cleveland, Ohio” will perform as a soloist in his classic series titled “Watersongs.” The performance is free and open to the public, and will take place Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. at Silver Park in Alliance.

Released in 1996, “Watersongs” is about rivers near and far, and is a favorite among the many followers of this revered figure in folk music. The songs are an eclectic mix, stylistically, ranging from folk ballad and love song to comic satire to pastoral meditation and even boogie woogie rock n' roll. The inspiration for each song derives from Bevan's own experience as a traveler, poet, and environmentally-conscious artist encountering the beauty and imagery of rivers. The songs detail experiences from Alaska's Copper to the Salmon in Idaho to the Grand and the Cuyahoga rivers in his native state, Ohio.

Alliance Symphony conductor, Eric Benjamin, first heard the studio recording in 1996. “Immediately I thought: orchestra!” recalls Benjamin. An accomplished composer and arranger, Benjamin approached Bevan with the idea of making orchestral accompaniments for the songs, to which Bevan agreed.

“Eric's arrangements are incredible,” states Bevan. “We have done this show twice now and I look forward to bringing it to Alliance.” His performance in this concert is made possible with underwriting from ArtsinStark.

“It is a special pleasure to take music that already works well just for solo singer and guitar and then to imagine what a full symphony orchestra can bring to the song.” remarks Benjamin. 

Continuing with the river and water theme, the Alliance Symphony will also perform Strauss' beloved "Blue Danube" waltz, Handel's "Water Music" suite and, just for fun, the popular orchestral music from "Pirates of the Caribbean".

In case of inclement weather, the orchestra will perform that night in the Brush Performance Hall in the Giese Center for Performing Arts on Mount Union’s campus.

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