The Susanville Symphony bids the Assembly of God Church adieu with Saturday's final concert of the season.

Symphony bids long time venue adieu with Saturday’s Classical Pops concert

“Change is life’s characteristic,” warbled curly headed pop singer Donovan in the late 1960s And so it is. The Susanville Symphony Society’s final concert of the season at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 21, will also be its farewell concert at the Assembly of God Church on Richmond Road.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow,” said Ben Wade, the symphony’s maestro and creative director. “It has been a great run, and we have appreciated everything that the Assembly of God Church could offer. What a legacy to have a decade and a half of concerts in that beautiful hall. We have been there for 15 years!”

Saturday evening it’s a classical pops concert: think Bugs Bunny. Barber of Seville, Turkish March, Hall of the Mountain King and so much more.

“You know all these pieces,” Wade said. “Everything we’re playing is music everyone has heard some place other than the symphony hall. The audience can connect the dots. They can listen to a piece, and say, ‘I heard that at a castle in Disneyland’ (“The Sleeping Beauty Waltz”), and they can listen to “The Barber of Seville,” and they can say, ‘I remember Bugs Bunny in the barber chair and the barber was massaging his scalp to the beat of the overture.’”

The Classical Pops concert rounds out a spectacular year of concerts for the Susanville Symphony’s 18th season, but the work continues.

“We are already setting our sights on the next year and beyond,” Wade said.

Next year’s concert themes have already been chosen and the membership drive for next year begins at the Pops Concert this Saturday for those who want to join the journey.

Tickets on sale at Margie’s Book Nook and Axia Home Loans. Tickets available at the door as well.