Michele Pettis—On Thursday night, the Brockport Symphony Orchestra played “A Night on Broadway”. The evening featured songs from Show Boat, Porgy & Bess, Carousel, West Side Story, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and My Fair Lady. The orchestra spotlighted performances by vocal soloist Mary Wojciechowski and trumpet soloist Stephen Jessup.
The concert was both entertaining and informative. During a small delay due to an uncooperative microphone, Mary Wojciechowski shared some information about the famous composer Richard Rogers. She said that when he worked with Oscar Hammerstein, Oscar would write the words and Rogers would compose the music after. But when Rogers worked with Lorenz Hart, he would write the music and Lorenz would add the lyrics after. Rogers and Hart had amazing success in their years working together, but nothing that compares to the lasting impact of Rogers and Hammerstein’s music.
We also learned that the song “My White Knight” from the stage musical The Music Man had to be changed when the play was made into a movie in 1962. Meredith Willson’s writing partner Franklin Lacey didn’t like the way the movie was being made so he refused to allow his work to be featured. Lacey had written the beginning and ending of the song “My White Knight”. Meredith Willson’s part, the bridge, made it into the movie as the song “Being in Love”.
Both the microphone snafu and the anecdote about the song change served as a reminder that life’s what you make of it. You can be frustrated that things aren’t going how you planned them, or you can roll with the punches. Often, things work out just fine in the end and you save yourself so much aggravation.
The Brockport Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert will be on December 5 at 7:30pm.