Downtown Rhythms to feature songs from movies, TV

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

April 22, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.

This year's Downtown Rhythms is bringing the sounds of Academy Award-winning movie "Les Miserables" to DeLeon and O'Connor plazas.

The Victoria Symphony Orchestra will perform popular tunes from movies and television and pop songs. Also taking the stage in downtown Victoria will be area bands and musicians, including the Goliad Jazz Orchestra, Victoria school district orchestra, Victoria College Percussion Ensemble and Victoria College Commercial Band.

Darryl One, Victoria Symphony artistic director, said bands will each play about 30 minutes during the free outdoor concert. While the symphony will perform a salute to the movies and TV, the guest performers are open to play what they choose.

"It's a mixture that way," he said of the featured performers. "We're just trying to get a wide swatch of popularly based music for the performances."

One said the one-day event is a great chance for families to enjoy the many talents from the area.

"We've got a lot of these different groups coming and the (Victoria Symphony)," he said. "We put them up there to help get them exposure, too."

When Downtown Rhythms started about 15 years ago, One said, the Victoria Symphony was focused on bringing jazz music to downtown for families and music lovers to enjoy. Since then, the event has grown to include different food vendors and other area organizations.

Forrest Street, between Bridge and Main, will be closed to traffic during the event. In the space between the performing stage under the covered patio area of the O'Connor building will be vendors selling food.

In addition to listening to live music in the downtown setting, families can also try making their own music at the musical petting zoo, said Michelle Hall, Victoria Symphony executive director.

"It gives the children and their families an opportunity to try the instruments they see being played in the orchestra," she said.

One added that the event has grown a lot to include different things for area music lovers.

"It's an excellent opportunity to hear orchestra live in a relaxed environment and have a nice evening downtown enjoying the weather and the music," Hall said.



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