Beethoven’s Fifth on the 5th of June

Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1770 - 1827

Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1770 – 1827

Spectrum Orchestra is wrapping up its 2014-15 season with an evening of familiar musical themes under the direction of Kevin Fitzgerald.

The concert takes place Friday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaholm High School auditorium in Birmingham.

The program includes Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite #2:  the fourth movement, Farandole, has a familiar theme guaranteed to have you humming along.

The orchestra will then tackle Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony, with it’s familiar dot-dot-dot-dash theme.  The symphony became a symbol of hope during World War II, because dot-dot-dot-dash is Morse Code for the letter “V” — for victory!

Concert on April 17th: A New Music Director’s Debut

Kevin Fitzgerald ConductingSpectrum Orchestra will perform its first concert under the leadership of Kevin Fitzgerald at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17th.   The concert will take place in the auditorium of Seaholm High School in Birmingham.

The program includes:

  • Mozart, The Impresario Overture
  • Sibelius, The Karelia Suite
  • Tchaikovsky, Selections from “Swan Lake”
  • Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens.  Proceeds help support the orchestra and pays for the rental of the hall.

Meet Spectrum’s New Music Director

Kevin Fitzgerald Headshot

Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin Fitzgerald has assumed the baton as Music Director of Spectrum Orchestra.   A resident of Brighton, Kevin is a graduate student at the University of Michigan as well as an accomplished trumpet player.

He is completing a Master’s of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Kenneth Kiesler. Kevin has led the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, University Philharmonia Orchestra, and University Graduate Percussion Ensemble in addition to holding the assistant conductor positions with the University Life Sciences Orchestra and the Campus Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied  trumpet, music theory and conducting. While at Eastman, Kevin conducted the Eastman Wind Orchestra, RestIsNoise Contemporary Ensemble as well as the Graduate Chamber Orchestra. Fitzgerald is an avid proponent of contemporary music and has conducted premieres of over twenty five works.

Kevin Fitzgerald will lead his first concert with Spectrum Orchestra on April 17, 2015 at Seaholm High School.

Spectrum’s first music director, Daniel Brier, is now the Assistant Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, where he leads Family Discovery Concerts and the organization’s educational programs.