Mowrey Parmelee Wood

From left to right: Daniel Parmelee, Thomas Wood, and Peter Mowrey


Wooster Symphony to Present 100th Anniversary Gala Concert

27 April, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

May 8, 1916: Twenty-two members of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra wait for Maestro Daniel Parmelee to signal the first note of the orchestra’s inaugural concert. They’re ready. They’re worked hard on the program—the Song of the Volga Boatmen, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Gillet’s Loin Du Bal, Schubert’s The Erl King, Sibelius’ Valse Trieste, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, played by their conductor.

May 6, 2016: The 60 members of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra are ready to pay tribute to their beginnings and their founder. In this final concert of the orchestra’s centennial year, music director Jeff Lindberg has chosen the same program as his predecessor did 100 years ago, with Tom Wood, Wooster professor of music, soloing in the Mendelssohn concerto.

In addition, the orchestra will play Wooster professor of music Peter Mowrey’s Second Century Overture, which the orchestra premiered in New York City in April of this year. The concert, taking place in Symphony Space on Broadway, was well attended by East Coast alumni.

The Wooster Symphony is one of the nation’s oldest town and gown orchestras. One hundred years ago it consisted of 21 members of the community and one College senior. Today, its personnel has shifted to 50 students and 10 townspeople.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel, (340 E. University St.) on the campus of The College of Wooster. Tickets are $10 and available at The Wooster Book Company, Buehler’s (Milltown and Towne Market), the Lowry Center Wilson Bookstore on campus, and at the door of the concert. There is no charge for C.O.W. students, faculty, and staff. For more information, contact Jeffrey Lindberg by email or 330-263-2047.