Symphony coming home — to auditorium

Back home? Apparently so.When the Big Spring Symphony' takes the stage for the final concert of the 2011-2012 season it will at the Municipal Auditorium, officials say. It would be the first time in well over a year the symphony has played at its longtime “home,” which has been under going renovations to comply with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act.The contractor met with members of the Symphony board this week and assured them the concert could be held in the historic auditorium March 31. Another such meeting is set for Monday, city officials said.It is a fitting venue for the symphony, which is wrapping up its 30th season. It also marks the 10th anniversary with Dr. Keith Graumann at the helm.“We are extremely excited and relieved to finally be returning to our concert home at the big Spring Municipal Auditorium,” said Graumann. "It's hard to believe that it has been two years since we last performed a concert there. The beauty of all of this has been the tremendous outpouring of support that came from the community at large. I heard from many persons during this time that I didn't even know were fans of the symphony. “We had more offers for places to perform than we could ever accommodate with performances. We are indeed grateful to those who allowed us to use their facilities free of charge: specifically, Howard College, First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church and Trinity Baptist Church. Big Spring School District also allowed us to rent the high school Auditorium for two concerts. Drama teacher Tabatha Wright was very helpful in moving rehearsals and sets for us,” he added.March 31's concert should be special for another reason. Oscar and Grammy award winner Paul Williams will be appearing with the symphony. Many in the audience will recognize some of its hits such as “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Evergreen,” Rainy Days and Mondays” and “We've Only Just Begun,” among others.His work has been covered by Elvis, the Carpenters, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, to name a few.It will be the second time Williams has performed with the Big Spring Symphony. He was here two years ago at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Ticket outlets are the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, KBST, KBYG, the Big Spring Herald, Heritage Museum, Blum’s Jewelry, Faye’s Flowers and Western Banks. They will also be available at the door. The concert begins at 8 p.m.