Rhodes Music Chair William Skoog to Conduct Memphis in May’s Sunset Symphony

Dr. William Skoog, chair of the Department of Music at Rhodes College, will conduct AutoZone’s Sunset Symphony—the grand finale of the Memphis in May International Festival’s month of events on Saturday, May 24. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on the banks of the Mississippi River.

“Officials from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra contacted me, and honored me by inviting me to be their conductor for this marvelous event,” says Skoog. “A stage is built for this, and audience members may purchase tables from Memphis in May or camp out on the lawn after purchasing their tickets for the event at the gate.”

This year’s honored country is Panama, and the concert includes the National Anthem of the Republic of Panama “Himno Istmeno,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the “Armed Forces Salute,” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

Says Skoog, “I have selected additional pieces to honor the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, like Richard Rodgers’ ‘Victory at Sea’ and John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen,’ and we also will do some standards like Mussorgsky’s ‘Night on Bald Mountain.’ ”

Also director of choral studies at Rhodes, Skoog conducts the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in addition to the Rhodes Singers.