While the American Wind Symphony Orchestra will still in New Martinsville today and Thursday, the boat's barge, the AWSO's unique floating stage, "Point Counterpoint II" is unable to make it up the Ohio River with current conditions. But the show will go on - just not on the riverbank as originally planned and as tradition dictates. Instead, the concert will be held in the Lincoln Theater.
At Monday's New Martinsville City Council Meeting new Mayor Keith Nelsen proclaimed July 11 and 12 as American Wind Symphony Orchestra Days in New Martinsville.
The proclamation reads in part, "Whereas the American Wind Symphony Orchestra will be visiting the New Martinsville area on July 11 and 12, 2012, under the leadership of Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, Wetzel County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Riverfront Development Committee and ArtsLink and sponsored by many local businesses and individuals; and
"Whereas there will be a public performance held at the historic Lincoln Theater in downtown New Martinsville at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11; and
"Whereas the American Wind Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1957 by Maestro Robert Austin Boudreaux to bring its music to the masses via its floating arts center and stage; and
"Whereas local Ohio Valley music students will have the opportunity to study with the Wind Symphony musicians in a clinic environment. This will enable our students an opportunity to learn from these fine musicians; and
"Whereas there will be some small ensemble performances around the area; and whereas for 52 years, it's been tradition for the musicians who make up the American Wind Symphony Orchestra to live with local families for a few days at each stop on the concert route. Whether traveling through the U.S. or abroad, the experience of getting to know the local residents has long been a rewarding highlight for these fine young performers; and
"Whereas for a $100 donation, guests may enjoy a wine and cheese reception after the concert or a brunch the following morning or for $500, the above plus reserved seating for the concert."
All are invited to attend the free concert tonight, 8 p.m., in the Lincoln Theater.