BATESVILLE – In a joint effort between the City of Batesville, the Rural Arts Alliance (RAA) and Hillenbrand Corporation, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) was the featured guest in “Star-Spangled Symphony” Sunday evening adjacent to Liberty Park in Gillespie Soccer Park.
More than 2,500 attendees enjoying the warm summer evening breezes as they listened to a free two hour concert and enjoyed symphony-accompanied fireworks as a finale.
RAA volunteer Tina Longstreth explained, “In a study done in 2016 of why people who work in Batesville don’t choose to live here, we learned that that they missed certain amenities here that they can get in bigger cities. In the process, many people talked about how the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra used to play here, and it was missed. So, Tori Flynn and Bard Marcy of Hillenbrand reached out to the ISO and wondered what it would take to get them here. Flynn approached the RAA and got them to help, and then the city got behind it as well, and so here we are!”
The evening’s program included patriotic favorites like Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” a symphonic setting of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and, of course, the regular patriotic fare of Sousa marches played in time to a fantastic display of aerial fireworks.
Maestro Alfred Savia, associate conductor for the ISO, thanked the City of Batesville for the opportunity to play “in such a beautiful setting for such nice people” before beginning the 14 selection tribute to Independence Day and the military.
A highlight of the evening was Beckel’s “Gardens of Stone” narrated by actor Dean Dorrell and Dr. Vince Patton, retired Coast Guard 8th Master Chief Petty Officer.