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Abilene Philharmonic Wraps Up Season with “Movie Magic”

By Floyd Miller



The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra wraps up its 57th, and arguably most successful, season in innovative style with its first interactive pops program, “Movie Magic,” Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Under the baton of Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, the evening’s program will feature symphonic soundtracks from popular movies—and surprises sprinkled throughout.The May 3 program will include popular themes from films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Empire Strikes Back, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Sugar Creek. The Sugar Creek film score was composed by Itkin and recorded in 2006 by the Arkansas Symphony.“Reflecting on the success of this past season, it’s obvious our audience enjoys connecting with everyone on stage. Our conductor and musicians thrive on that type of interaction and our programming for an interactive contest will continue that trend,” said Leanne Baldwin, Executive Director, Abilene Philharmonic Association. “We really wanted to end the season with a concert that offered great movie music that all ages will love, but also something that every person can participate in if they chose. This unique format will definitely spark the many people who enjoy trivia and movie quotes, plus we will offer a variety of prizes if you can answer correctly. I guarantee we won’t be giving out deli plates like David Letterman does.”For tickets, call the Philharmonic office at 677-6710 or 460-0610 or visit the Philharmonic office located at 402 Cypress Street. Information is available online at The May 3 concert is sponsored by Merrill Lynch. Season super sponsors are GAP Broadcasting and KTXS.In its 57th year, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Abilene’s oldest performing arts organizations. Led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, the Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene and draws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities. The Philharmonic provides opportunities for the public to enjoy excellence in symphonic performance by offering musical diversity and innovative educational programs in order to enrich the quality of life in our community. Information concerning the Abilene Philharmonic’s 2008 program and donor opportunities may be found by visiting

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