Three local folks are competing for a chance to hold the baton in front of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra at this year’s Festival on the Green on June 8th. The theme for the Festival on the Green is Around the World.
This creative fund-raiser offers the opportunity for one lucky person to conduct their favorite piece of music on June 8th during Festival on the Green concert.
The candidates are Michelle Kinsey, news reporter for the StarPress, covering education and entertainment; Linda Gregory, active community member and a member of many Muncie organizations; Andy Bowne, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College.
$1 will cast a vote for the Super Conductor of your choice. The more dollars the more chances for your favorite contestant to win.
The voting began at MSO’s season finale concert on April 20 and will continue until before the intermission at Festival on the Green concert on June 8. Vote online or vote with your dollars by sending a check to the MSO, c/o Super Conductor Contest, W. University Ave, AC 112, Muncie IN 47306. Please be sure to note your Super Conductor choice.
For additional information about Festival on the Green please visit Festival on the Green page on our website.
Meet MSO Super Conductor Contestants!
“My love for classical music began with a bunny. Bugs Bunny, to be exact.
I can remember sitting, wide-eyed, in front of the TV as Bugs prepared a salad on Elmer Fudd’s bald head in “Rabbit of Seville.”
I sang along – with great emotion and magic helmet – to “What’s Opera, Doc?” “Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!”
I was mesmerized by the fast-paced “Rabbit Rhapsody,” which features Bugs in a tux, tackling the piece by Franz Liszt – with his toes, no less – on a grand piano.
The latter is the piece that, with your votes, I will conduct at this year’s Festival On the Green. Vote for me because you love Bugs Bunny cartoons. Vote for me because you want to see your MSO play with breakneck speed and live to tell about it. Vote for me because you, too, agree that carrots make really cool batons.
I would be honored to wield the carrot in front of the talented musicians of our MSO because, like those cartoons, this symphony has kept my love for classical music alive.
Over the years, I have been to numerous MSO performances, many as the entertainment writer for The Star Press and, now, as the mom of a nine-year-old who also loves classical music…and that wascally wabbit.”
Michelle Kinsey is a news reporter for The Star Press, covering education and entertainment.
Linda Gregory and her music choice: Chinese Dance from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.
“Music –The Beach Boys, Mozart, or Sousa marches—is part of my life, so when I was asked to be a Super Conductor, the answer was an easy “Yes!” It’s an honor to lend my support to one of our City’s many gems, The Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
Since returning to Muncie in 1996, I have attended the Festival on the Green concerts, often organizing picnics for our Unitarian Church members with my sister Connie. Each summer, I look forward to this wonderful event that brings the whole community together for an evening of celebration.
After retiring from Saint-Gobain (now Verallia) four years ago, I wear many hats: as a member of Muncie’s City Council and board member of Muncie Action Plan, Rotary, Altrusa, Buley Center, TEAMwork for Quality Living, and Muncie Central Alumni Association. So, I tip all of my “hats” to MSO and urge you to support my Super Conductor campaign with your contributions. Join me June 8 too!”
Linda Gregory retired from Verallia, and extremely active in the community.
Andy Bowne and his music choice: Russian Dance Trepak from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.
“As a new member of the greater Muncie community, I am honored to be a part of the Super Conductor event in supporting the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Communities are richer and more vibrant when there’s an abundance of talented performing arts organizations, like Muncie has with the MSO.
For the past six months I have had the privilege of serving as the Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s East Central Region. We’ll serve almost 11,000 students this year and while we do not have a performing arts program at Ivy Tech, we’re pleased to support the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. When you blend excellent workforce development and higher education programs together with a rich performing arts programs, the greater Muncie area is very attractive to business retention, expansion and attraction.”
Andy Bowne is a Chancellor of an Ivy Tech Community College