Dr. Earl R. Melendy, former director of orchestras at Indiana State University and concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, will be on the podium of the Terre Haute Sinfonietta Symphonic Pops Orchestra.
Now in its 14th musical season, Melendy founded the Sinfonietta and has been its conductor ever since.
Dedicated to bringing the music of Broadway and motion pictures to the community, and featuring all local talent, the orchestra, numbering close to 60 musicians, has a large and growing audience.
Melendy is well-qualified to lead this orchestra. He has played with such artists as Skitch Henderson, Frank Devol, Percy Faith, Elmer Bernstein, Morto Gould, Robert Russell Bennett, Leroy Anderson, Nelson Riddle, David Rose, and Meridith Wilson.
As a violinist, Melendy has served as concertmaster to such performing stars as The Oak Ridge Boys, The Supremes, Roy Clark, Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Ann Murray, Al Martino, Jimmy Dean, Dionne Warwick, and The Lettermen.
Melendy still performs as a solo violinist with the Sinfonietta on many programs.
The Sinfonietta will begin rehearsals on Monday, Nov. 8, at University Hall on the campus of ISU. The programs are unique in that each concert has a celebrity to serve as narrator.
In the past themes have been Colorama, Shall We Dance, Broadway on Parade, At the Movies, Phantom at the Opera, and Gypsy Nights.
The opener's theme is "Fairy Tales and Frolics," with music from Walt Disney, "Lord of the Rings," and "Harry Potter," to name a few. The narrator will be Superintendent of the Vigo County Schools, Dan Tanoos.
The concert will be on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Scottish Rite, at the corner of Eighth and Ohio Streets in Terre Haute.