Well, not exactly cannons; there must be some law which prohibits the firing of those kind of weapons inside a building!

But expect some loud sound effects, as we will perform an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” You have heard recordings with live cannons and ringing bells as the composer successfully portrayed his and his countrymen’s gratitude that the Russians had held off a campaign by Napoleon Bonaparte to invade their country.

This piece and others, which are well known from the classical repertoire, will be performed by the Symphony of the Canyons on April 4, at 7 p.m., at the Kanab High School Auditorium. Admission is free. This concert may not be suitable for children under the age of six.

Symphony of the Canyons is in its 36th year! We are a group of dedicated amateur musicians who perform throughout the year. Our mix of people range in age from early teens to, well, quite beyond the retirement years. They travel from Page, Valley, Fredonia and Beryl, Utah. Our mix of music ranges from rock and roll, standards, patriotic, Broadway and classics. This concert will feature classical music.

We will be featuring three outstanding musicians. Russell Wulfenstein, Kanab, and Mary Hesse, Page, Ariz., with the strings and winds, will perform Virgil Barstad’s adaptation of the lush “Double Violin Concerto in D.”

Michael Downward, on the trumpet, will join the strings in a moving rendition of Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” written some 30 years ago.

Everyone will enjoy hearing one of the most recognizable classical compositions ever written, “Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, 1st movement.”

We will also feature ensembles made up of symphony players.

Please join us for a fun evening of refreshing, live, world-class music, performed by your very own community musicians.