The floating wind symphony will be here next week, July 11 and 12. According to Fran Caldwell, chairperson of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra Committee, the barge that will be the centerpoint of Wednesday evening's concert arrives 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. That same day, a musical ensemble will be located at the courthouse yard. When this "mini-concert" is complete, there will then be an ensemble playing in the city common's area.
Caldwell does report that there is still trouble finding houses for all the musicians. She says that, originally, a total of 45 of the musicians had needed housing; only 25 of those individuals have been taken care of. Caldwell advises that those hosting a musician will need to serve two breakfasts and two dinners. The host family will need to meet the musician at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and provide the musician with an early supper, because they will need to be back at the barge at about 7 p.m. that same evening. The main event then will start a 8 p.m. Wednesday evening; Caldwell states that she would like to see 1,000-2,000 people in attendance for the event. A wine and cheese reception for contributors with tickets will be held at 10 p.m. after the concert that night and morning brunch will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday for those who did not opt for the wine and cheese. Different ensembles are also expected to play Thursday at local businesses such as Peoples' Bank, Wetzel County Hospital, Off the Wall, and the New Martinsville Care and Rehabilitation. Some contributors have also chosen to have small, private backyard concerts. On this day, the musicians will also have the opportunity to explore the town and have dinner.
When asked if the American Wind Symphony Committee fund will in fact meet its goal, Caldwell quickly responded, "Definitely. Failure was never an option." She continues, "We are extremely thankful for the generosity of our citizens and businesses sponsoring this event. It goes to show how a community can reach a goal by working together." Caldwell affirms that the concert is a collaborative effort of the Wetzel County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, ArtsLink, Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, and the Riverfront Development Committee. In addition, she adds that the city has already cleaned the riverbank in preparation of the concert. Special, upfront seating is available for large donors and everyone else is welcome to bring chairs and blankets.
The American Wind Symphony Orchestra will come to New Martinsville next week.
Caldwell states that this is a great opportunity for not only the people of New Martinsville, but the musicians playing in the concert as well, who have come from all over the world. She hopes families will come out to support the endeavor so that their children can also take advantage of the opportunity to be exposed to different types of music, for as Caldwell has stated, "When a community loses its arts, it loses its soul."