The Symphony of the Potomac (SOTP) will perform its third concert of the 2022-2023 season, Three American Voices, on Sunday, April 23, 2023, 3:00 p.m., at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center. The program, conducted by Music Director Joel Lazar, includes the world premiere of Blair Goins’ Reverie and Celebration, as well as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade, Op. 33, and George Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches. Ballade replaces Florence Price’s Piano Concerto, which will be rescheduled for a future concert due to an injury sustained by piano soloist Dr. Karen Walwyn.

Blair Goins earned his degree in composition, with primary study on tuba, at the Eastman School of Music. Currently the SOTP’s tubist, he has performed and taught in the Washington, D.C. area since 1988. Composer of both orchestral and chamber music, he was commissioned by the University of Vermont to compose a work for full orchestra in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., was the tuba instructor and a music theory teacher at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and was the tuba player and aresident composer with the Great Noise Ensemble.

Music director Joel Lazar has nothing but praise for Reveries and Celebration. “It is both an exciting piece and a well-made piece, which makes it much easier to rehearse and to play,” he said, adding “Blair’s insider sense for orchestral writing really comes through. I’m delighted to have this addition to our repertoire.”

Advance tickets, $20.00 for all adults, $5.00 for students (with student ID) and youth 18 and under, and $10.00 each for groups of 10 or more, are available online from the Montgomery College Box Office, The box office accepts major credit cards and PayPal. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the concert. Credit cards and checks are accepted at the door, in addition to cash.

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