Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"His Beat Was Clear and Concise"

What hidden talents doeth our honorable mayor have?
Well, here he is, waving a stick. Wait, my bad. That's not just any old stick. That's a conductor's baton!
Bristol Mayor Art Ward was one of the guest conductors of the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra recent Celebrity Maestro's Gala fundraiser this month at the Country Club of Farmington.
Marshall Brown, the orchestra's dedicated music director and conductor, told me that the orchestra played music by the well known Connecticut composer Leroy Anderson.
"Art was wonderful and the orchestra loved him!" Brown told me in an email. "His beat was clear and concise and his demeanor encouraging and friendly."
Other guest conductors included Anderson's son Kurt Anderson. ESPN's Brian Kenny served as the master of ceremonies.
In the past, the event has raised about $6,000 for the talented regional symphony. This time, the event broke even, Brown said.
Next time, I hope there's a bigger crowd.

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