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Spotlight: Delaware Valley Wind Symphony

Look who’s coming to town!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of Pennsylvania’s leading conductors in action right here in Bucks County!

On Sunday, May 1st, Dr. Patricia Cornett, Temple University’s Director of Bands, will take the stage to guest conduct the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony’s final concert of the 2021-2022 season!

Dr. Cornett, a published author, has had an impressive career as a professional conductor including prior prestigious appointments at California State at Fullerton and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

You may wonder what it is that a conductor brings to a performance!

In a 2013 interview with football quarterback Tom Brady and NY Philharmonic Music Director, Alan Gilbert, Wynton Marsalis answered this question brilliantly by comparing the key leadership role these legendary professionals share.

Their work starts with practice and preparation, well before they set foot on the field or stage.

Like the quarterback, the conductor brings energy, enthusiasm, and excellence to the music and is the center of communication for the musicians onstage and the audience.

It is the conductor’s job to direct the present moment while communicating what is coming up next; Each movement and gesture mean something to the musicians.

But the most important element that a conductor brings to the performance is emotion.

Music is about emotion, about people and about what they feel.

When all the musicians come together, the result is something much bigger than the individuals onstage.

Dr. Cornett will appear in concert with the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony on Sunday, May 1st, at 4:00pm, at Holland Middle School, 400 East Holland Road, Holland.

The concert will include exciting music – old and new – from the American Tapestry! In describing the music for this special concert, Dr. Cornett was poignant, “I tried to include a diverse group of composers, which is always important to me.”  

PHOTO CAP: Dr. Patricia Cornet, Temple University of Bands Conducts the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony!

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