North Platte will soon be the location of the world premiere of the Lincoln Highway Suite by composer Nolan Stolz.The Sandhills Symphony has begun rehearsals for the performance, which will be presented on at 3 p.m. March 23 at the North Platte High School.
Endorsed by the Lincoln Highway Association in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway, the Lincoln Highway Suite has five movements that carry the listener from the Hudson River to the San Francisco Bay area.
Some of the movements have had prior performances, but according to composer Stolz, the concert by the Sandhills Symphony will be the first time the Suite has been performed in its entirety.
The Lincoln Highway is the largest memorial to President Abraham Lincoln. It was completed in 1913 as America’s first cross-country road.
The third movement of the suite -- Prairie View -- paints the scenery along the highway through the short-grass prairies of Nebraska, celebrating the rolling sandhills over which the Lincoln Highway travels.
The other movements in the suite musically express the country from east to west, “From the Hudson,” “Metals Heartland,” “Traversing the Mountains” and “Golden State Romp.”
Carmen Allen will conduct the symphony in this premiere performance.
Nolan Stolz teaches music theory and composition at Southeast Missouri State University. His music has been performed in Europe, South America and Canada, with regular performances across the U.S. at festivals, conferences and recitals.
During the 2013-14 season, his works will be featured by the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, Taylorsville Symphony Orchestra, Joliet Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphonic Winds as well as the Sandhills Symphony Orchestra.
The Sandhills Symphony includes musicians from several of the area towns. Its concerts are held at the North Platte High School and are free of charge. This year the theme of the Spring Concert is “Beautiful Nebraska” and will feature composers like Ron Crocker from Kearney, and musicians like Glenn Miller, who have contributed to the musical fabric of the great state of Nebraska.
For more information about the Sandhills Symphony Orchestra, please visit http://www.sandhillssymphony.org/, or call conductor Carmen Allen at 308-520-2755.