APPLETON SHOWCASES WORLD TRADE CENTER STEEL BEAM DURING OSO'S PERFORMANCE OF 'REMEMBERING 9/11'

(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 26, 2011 — The Ocala Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Matthew Wardell, will present “Remembering 9/11” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Auditorium at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. In conjunction with the SoundArt Music Series program, the Appleton will display a 40-lb. section of steel beam from the World Trade Centers on loan from Ocala Fire Rescue. Admission is $15 per person or $55 for the series and includes a pre-concert docent tour of the museum at 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Appleton or through the Ocala Symphony Orchestra at 352-351-1606 or www.ocalasymphony.com.

“Remembering 9/11” will be a somber but uplifting musical program that memorializes the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. Pianist Michael Wittenburg will perform Edward MacDowell’s classic “Sonata Tragica” followed by a selection of America’s greatest patriotic music. The World Trade Centers’ steel beam will be on display at the Appleton from Sept. 11 through Oct. 11.

Regular daily admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

Guests attending the OSO performance are invited to view the Appleton’s temporary exhibitions as well as the museum’s permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.