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All Seasons Orchestra Plans Two Spring Concerts

All Seasons Orchestra will play two concerts soon.  Sunday, April 14 from 5-7 pm the orchestra will play at the D Street Neighborhood Center, 1301 D Street, Arcata.  On Saturday, April 20 from 3-5 pm, ASO will reprise the same music at the Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity Street, Trinidad.  These concerts are both free and open to the public.

All Seasons Orchestra has been rehearsing a new (for us) set of music since our last concert in December.  By design, this set of music focuses on “things that happen in spring.”  Three starkly different weddings are featured prominently in three different pieces.  Three Dances from the Opera the Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana memorializes a comic story of groom switching.  Procession of the Nobles is from the tragic opera Mlada by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov which tells the tale of a murdered bride’s ghost seeking revenge against her murderer and rival for the affections of her true love. The third wedding detailed in the opera Zampa, from which the Overture will be played, comically portrays the wedding of an erstwhile pirate whose former jilted lover in the form of a marble statue is resurrected to denounce him and send him to hell.

The program celebrates the beauty and majesty of nature with Antonin Vivaldi’s Spring and Felix Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, also well-known as Fingal’s Cave.  Additional selections for the evening include Leroy Anderson’s Syncopated Clock, Oliver! by Alfred Reed, and Rhapsody on Melodies by Stephen Foster.

ASO serves musicians of the North Coast of all ages and abilities by providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which to practice, learn and improve.  We also promote public enjoyment of music through free performance. All Seasons Orchestra is an activity of the City of Arcata, Division of Parks and Recreation.  Rehearsals are held most Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the D Street Neighborhood Center, 1301 D Street, Arcata.

Donations

All Seasons Orchestra gratefully accepts donations.  We use your donations to purchase new music, to purchase and maintain percussion instruments, for expenses like truck rental and riser rental, to pay our conductors and concert master small stipends, and to assist members in need with scholarships to pay the City’s fee for participation.   You may make your check out to All Seasons Orchestra.  If you wish your donation to be tax deductible, make your check out to All Seasons Orchestra – City of Arcata.  You may mail your check to Don Bicknell, P O Box 688, Hydesville, CA 95547.

OR — you may make a donation directly through this website using the option below:

Donation

General support for All Seasons Orchestra for concerts, sheet music, percussion instruments, expenses, stipends for conductor and concert master, and scholarships.

$25.00

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