Artz, STAFF WRITER
May 15, 2006
FREMONT - The symphony soared in one of its
first performances of "Fanfare for Fremont,"
but when the final horn sounded, audience
members remained in their seats.
stood, but I think everyone ... enjoyed it a
lot," said Crystal Widdich, who was in the
audience when the symphony performed
Fremont's newly composed song Sunday during
a concert at Ohlone College.
As part of
Fremont's yearlong Celebrate Fremont
festival in honor of the city's 50th
birthday, the symphony commissioned Mark
Volkert to compose a song in the city's
thrilled with it," said Mayor Bob Wasserman,
who presented Volkert a plaque during the
performance, declaring the Oakland resident
an honorary citizen of Fremont.
symphony debuted the song this weekend, and
Fremonters will have plenty of chances to
hear it. Wasserman said there was talk about
playing the song as a lead in to City
And — if
the A's ever come
before the 'Star Spangled Banner' we can
play a few bars of 'Fanfare for Fremont,'"
five-minute song begins with trumpets and
French horns leading into a spirited
interplay of strings.
"It was a
little bit of Americana," said Aaron Long of
Fremont. "I thought it was great."
Chan, the vice chair of Celebrate Fremont,
said she was excited to finally hear the
song and is looking forward to the next
rendition at the city's Fourth of July
celebration and the Celebrate Fremont
extravaganza in Central Park this September.
then everyone will be standing when they
hear the song," Chan said.