The Shafter Symphony Orchestra will present their Colours Festival Concert, Sounds of Home, on March 3rd at 7:30pm. This concert promises a very special music selection with familiar sounds, music, and themes of early American life. Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring story tells of a young couple, intending to be married, a religious revivalist, motherhood, work on the farm, and variations on the Shaker melody, "Simple Gifts."
Robert MacNeil joins us again to present a song cycle of Langston Hughes poetry set to music by Robert Owens. A beautiful portrayal of birth, life, and death, Fields of Wonder tells of growth, passion, love, and the end in understanding.
Stephen C. Penner is a freelance orchestra conductor in southern California. He is music director and a founder of the Shafter Symphony Orchestra and director for the Shafter Community Band. He has conducted various concerts of both new and traditional repertoire, and served as music director for opera recitals, theatrical plays, and musicals. In 2013 he was selected from over 300 international conductors to train with and conduct ten members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Penner has worked with musicians that proceeded to study at The Julliard School, NYU, and star on Broadway. He has guest conducted many youth orchestras and held the position of Assistant Conductor with the CSUN University Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from California State University Northridge where he studied with Dr. John Roscigno. Prior to attending graduate school he earned bachelor's degrees in both Drama and Music at the University of California, Irvine.