How does a performing arts organization honor its beloved leader? If it is a symphony orchestra, it extols the conductor's achievements, showcases his former students, and structures the entire concert season around him.
This year marked the 40th year for Gustav Meier as music director and conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Gustav’s Song and Dance, which features the music that he grew up with, is the theme of the concert on Saturday, April 12, 2012.
Johann Strauss will be represented with his Blue Danube Waltz, and the Overture and Czardas from Die Fledermaus. Richard Strauss' Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and Four Last Songs will round out the program.
Diana McVey will be the soprano soloist. Her recent operatic roles have included Lisette in La Rondine with Opera Tampa, Violetta in La Traviata with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Salt Marsh Opera and Treasure Coast Opera. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 singing Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass and has performed with Florida West Coast Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Longwood Symphony, etc.