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Danville Symphony Orchestra's Eric Sah plays the clarinet.

DANVILLE, Va. — Saturday, May 8, is a red-letter day for the Danville Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday will mark the transition from small orchestra groups performing during the 2020 pandemic restrictions to a full orchestra presenting a full concert. It will be an exciting spring pops program featuring “Hits from the Big Band Era.” 

The Carrington Pavilion outdoor venue offers plenty of public seating along with the lawn area where families can bring blankets or folding chairs and snacks to relax and listen to the beat of the big band tunes.

From the mellow sounds of Moon River, Moonlight Serenade and A Salute to Cole Porter to the jazzy swing dance music of Puttin’ on the Ritz, A Salute to Big Bands, and Chattanooga Choo-Choo, the audience will be treated to varying moods and surprise soloists throughout. Listeners can’t resist moving to the melody of When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.

A highlight of the concert will be a featured clarinet solo composition, Shalom Aleichem, Rov Feidman! performed by DSO orchestra member Eric Sah. It is a challenging and captivating piece written for clarinet and piano expressing many different moods.

The phrase "Shalom Aleichem" is a Hebrew greeting and blessing meaning "peace be with you." It was composed by Béla Kovács, who was born in Hungary in 1937 and celebrated as a world-renowned clarinet performer and teacher. Eric Sah has put in many hours of rehearsal to prepare for this performance.

The outdoor concert starts at 3 p.m. Saturday and is free to the public. The Carrington Pavilion is located at 629 Craghead Street near the Community Market.

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