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SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra to Feature Eaton Memorial Pipe Organ

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 25, 2018) — The nearly 3,000 pipes of the Elizabeth M. Eaton Memorial Pipe Organ will come alive at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. The SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra is featuring the organ in “Twice as Nice,” its first concert of 2018 and third of the current season.

Dwight Thomas, SCF music faculty and director of music and organist at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg, will join the orchestra for Josef Rheinberger’s “Concerto for Organ No. 2.” Rheinberger was a prolific German composer but is best remembered for his elaborate and challenging organ compositions.

The program, focused on “twos,” also includes Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” and Beethoven’s monumental “Symphony No. 2,” which is written without a standard minuet and instead includes a scherzo featuring the oboe and bassoon.

“This is the second year the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra has been in existence,” said conductor Robyn Bell. “Last year we played Beethoven’s first symphony, so this year we are doing No. 2. Next year, we will hopefully perform No. 3 until we reach year nine, corresponding with the last of Beethoven’s symphonies.”

Ticket holders are invited to a reception and music discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the SCF Fine Art Gallery adjacent to the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center lobby. Refreshments will be served.

General admission tickets are $15, student and staff tickets are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets visit SCFTickets.com or call 941-752-5252.

Dwight Thomas, SCF music faculty and director of music/organist at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg

Dwight Thomas, SCF music faculty and director of music/organist at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg

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