COLUMBIA — The Missouri Symphony Society dedicated parts of the Missouri Theatre to different benefactors Saturday.
The society named the Missouri Theatre's auditorium in the honor of Hugo and Lucy Vianello, the founders of the Missouri Symphony Society and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. The society also named the stage after Kirk Trevor, current music director and conductor, according to a news release. The dedication took place during the intermission of 13-year-old pianist Umi Garrett's performance.
Garrett played Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1, in her first return to Missouri Theatre since she played at the 2011 Hot Summer Nights Festival at age 10. She received her first publicity performing as an 8-year-old on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The Huffington Post has proclaimed her “a budding musical genius," according to her website.
Hugo Vianello founded the Missouri Symphony Society in 1970. He's now Conductor Laureate of the Society, according to the release. Lucy Vianello co-founded the Women's Symphony League in 1971.
Trevor became music director and conductor of the 50-member Missouri Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Hefounded the Missouri Symphony Conservatory in 2007, which is composed of more than 180 young musicians,, according to the release.
This year's Hot Summer Nights Festival opened Thursday and runs through July 12.