He said he’s both nervous and excited to hear it live. The first movement relates to the worldwide build-up to the war. “It was a sad, sad period,” he said.
The second movement relays the hustle and bustle in America as the nation ramped up to being drawn into the conflict.
The third movement is the war itself, something that has personal significance for Van Heuvelen. His brother was in the force that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
“He survived ... there were a lot of prayers.”
The fourth movement, his favorite, conveys “glorious peace. I have a lot of beautiful music in that movement ... it’s my favorite part.”
On Sunday, a lifelong dream will be realized.
“It’s just really amazing,” he said. “It’s amazing my sons could pull this off. I never, never thought this would ever happen.”
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