Release Date: March 7,2017

Celebrate St. Patricks’ Day with Dance Meets Symphony on March 17

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will welcome Neos Dance Theatre to the stage for Dance Meets Symphony on March 17 at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The evening will feature a St. Patrick’s Day musical dance-a-thon as the Neos dancers bring a visual pizzazz to the program.

The repertoire will open with a selection of Irish-themed works by Leroy Anderson, including The Irish Washerwoman, before moving onto The Three-Cornered Hat, the suite from Karelia and closing with Romanian Rhapsody.

“We will be performing some very colorful music that will make you want to get up and move,” according to Music Director Christopher Wilkins. “The Three-Cornered Hat is one of the three or four greatest works we perform, and the Karelia suite is a gem of classical music. Romanian Rhapsody is an electrifying popular classic that is a mixture of Eastern European folk music and the exotic sounds and very fast footwork of Romanian dance. 

“The music comes from Ireland, Spain, Finland, Romania and the United States, so it is almost as if the various locations of the music are the star of the show.”

Dancers from Neos, under the direction of artistic director Robert Wesner, will join the Symphony for the second half of the concert during Karelia, Romanian Rhapsody and Urban Sprawl by composer Clint Needham.

“During Urban Sprawl we will add in a hip-hop DJ, street performers and students from Art Sparks,” Wilkins said. “These are elements that are normally outside the realm of classical music, but from the moment I first heard it, I realized it begged for movement to channel its soul.”

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Maestro Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m. 

Single tickets for Dance Meets Symphony are $20 to $55. Visit or call 330.535.8131 for tickets and more information. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.