“It’s going to be a wonderful combination with Michael Preacely and Angelique Clay, along with The Classical Roots Community Mass Choir,” DeLeone said.
The first half of the program will include “Swanee” by George Gershwin/Danny Frank, Arr.; “Cuban Overture” by George Gershwin and “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin.
“The evening will start with a wonderful, exciting arrangement of a pop tune, ‘Swanee,’ which was composed in 1919 by Gershwin. It was his first hit song, and we have a terrific arrangement of it that features a solo at the drum set played by Danny Frank. Danny also did this arrangement of ‘Swanee,’ ” DeLeone said.
It’s a jam-packed program with fabulous Gershwin material. Some of his very best works are represented here, DeLeone said.
The concert will also feature the 55-to-60-piece Middletown Symphony Orchestra. This year marks the 75th anniversary and final season of MSO, and DeLeone’s 35th anniversary with the orchestra.
“I think the word that sums up the feeling of all of us, is it’s rather bittersweet. We will go out on a very high note. That’s the way we thought it should be done. I designed this season very carefully with many of my very favorite artists performing with the orchestra, and also some of my very favorite pieces of music to close out this celebratory 75th Anniversary,” DeLeone said.
To carry on the MSO name and tradition in the future, The Middletown Symphony Board of Directors has voted to establish two scholarships that will be awarded annually as part of the Middletown Symphony Legacy Fund. And to ensure that DeLeone is honored and always associated with the Middletown Symphony for his 35 years with the orchestra, one of the scholarships has been designated as the Carmon DeLeone Middletown Symphony Orchestra Legacy Scholarship.
How to go
What: Middletown Symphony Orchestra will present “Porgy and Bess in Concert!”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
Where: Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Miami University Middletown
Cost: $30 adults, $20 students
More info: 513-424-2426 or www.middletownsymphony.com/