Topeka Symphony Receives Record Gift

The Topeka Symphony received its largest gift ever, it will be used to commission a new work.

Symphony Orchestra Music Director John Strickler announced the "six-figure gift" would go to creating a new work on religious faith, conflict and reconciliation. It has been titled 'PARABLES.' It will debut in Topeka on May 1st, 2010.

Robert Aldridge will be the composer, and Herschel Garfein is the librettist.

The gift comes from Douglas and Andrew Reeves in honor of their parents Jean and Julie who were long-time supporters of the symphony orchestra.