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Romance of the Stage & Screen


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The perfect date night… A great “Girls Night Out”… Come spend an evening listening to the most unforgettable love songs from the greatest romantic silver screen favorites of all time.

The themes of love, passion and romance shine through in “Tara’s Theme” from Gone With The Wind. You’ll also hear the most tragic love story of all time, “Romeo and Juliet,” told through a sweeping emotional melody, among many other favorites.

You’re going to love our concert, “Romance of the Stage & Screen” on Saturday, February 23, 2019 7:30pm at the Sandusky State Theatre!

Our guest artist, Andrés Cárdenes will perform “Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2.” Written for the great Spanish violinist, Pablo de Sarasate and performed in 1877, it is a powerful, expansive and deeply moving piece composed of three movements in the Romantic style of classical music.

We are pleased to welcome Daniel Perttu, marking the first time in recent history that a living composer is present to hear a performance of his music. “To Spring” is filled with color and optimism for the coming of a new season!

Our Firelands Symphony Chorale directed by Michael Shirtz will be performing as well! You won’t want to miss this concert!


Saturday, February 23, 2019 7:30pm at Sandusky State Theatre
Conversation with the Conductor 6:30pm

Carl Topilow, Music Director and Conductor
Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Full Orchestra
Michael Shirtz, Chorale Director
FIrelands Symphony Chorale
Andrés Cárdenes, Guest Violinist

– To Spring by Dan Perttu, Composer
– Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 by Max Bruch played by soloist, Andrés Cárdenes
– Somewhere from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein with Firelands Symphony Chorale
– Richard Rodgers in Concert by Richard Rodgers with Firelands Symphony Chorale
– You’ll Never Walk Alone by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein from “Carousel”
– Tara’s Theme from Gone with the Wind by Max Steiner
– Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone
– Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.



Daniel Perttu’s music conveys vivid musical narratives frequently inspired by poetry, art, nature, and the fantastical. His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and in nearly 40 states across the country, and his orchestral music has been performed by the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Puget Sound Symphony, the Greenville Symphony, and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra. He is also looking forward to performances of his music by orchestras in Europe, South America, and of course the United States in 2019, including the premiere of his First Piano Concerto, “Elvendream,” by Orchestra Omaha and a subsequent performance by the Oklahoma Composers’ Orchestra.

Performances of his music have also occurred in numerous arts festivals, new music festivals, concert series, solo recitals at the international, national, and regional levels, Society of Composers conferences, and College Music Society conferences. Perttu’s music has been released on the Navona records label, an imprint of PARMA Recordings, and his music appears on five different albums. Critics have recognized the “modal strains [in his music] that recall the works of . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams and Ernest Bloch;” have characterized it as “blending mystery, action, and excitement;” and have praised it as being “majestic” and “lyrical.”

His music has also been published by Trevco-Varner Music (Florida), Editions Musica Ferrum (London), BRS Music, Inc. (Indianapolis), and Dorn Publications (Boston). He currently works as an Associate Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he serves as School of Music Chair. Previously, he taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his doctorate in composition from The Ohio State University, his master’s degrees from Kent State University, and his bachelor’s degree from Williams College.