“Days of Glory,” the theme of Venice Symphony’s Pops Concert 1, is an ideal way to remember and honor the heroism and sacrifice of WW II heroes. Thursday through Saturday, conductor/music director Kenneth Bowermeister will pay tribute to all branches of the military with music that features familiar, toe-tapping tunes from the ‘40s era. Among the favorites will be the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.” Show tunes include selections from “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” and “Victory at Sea.”
Concert mistress, Anita Brooker, has traveled the world, performing and touring with The Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of conductors John Williams and Keith Lockhart. Her TV credits include performances on the Ed Sullivan and Kate Smith shows early in her career. After settling in Sarasota to raise a family, Brooker was named concert mistress of the Florida West Coast Symphony, a position she held for 27 years. She performed with the Venice Symphony Orchestra for three years before being named concert mistress four years ago. “I’ve known Kenneth Bowermeister since he was 17 years old,” she explained. “Since taking over as the Venice Symphony conductor/music director in 2009, he has helped to raise the orchestra’s standards considerably. Audiences enjoy his entertaining and informative comments about composers and the compositions being performed.”
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