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Press Release October 16, 2018

Scary Music Played by a Scary Orchestra!

All Seasons Orchestra celebrates autumn with a free concert and party on October 28 at 5 pm at the D Street Neighborhood Center in Arcata.   This Halloween-themed event will feature  a wide array of scary music including theme music from Ghostbusters by Ray Parker, Jr., Danse Macabre by C. Saint-Saens, Anvil Chorus (The Chorus of the Gipsies) from Il Trovatore by Guiseppe Verdi, selections from the motion picture Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by  James Newton Howard, Tanz in der Halle des BergkÖnigs (In the Hall of the Mountain King) from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg, and Berceuse and Finale from the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.  And perhaps slightly less frightening, the program will be rounded out with Stradella Overture by F. von Flotow, and the Fugue in G Minor (The Lesser) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Orchestra has lots of fun planned for our audience on October 28.  The orchestra will be in costume, and we invite our audience to come in costume.  We will have a Halloween parade at intermission, and Trick-or-Treat candy will be provided before the concert and at intermission.  We also invite you to bring your carved jack-o-lanterns to enter our jack-o-lantern contest.  We will offer a prize for the most popular jack-o-lantern.  After the concert, the orchestra will provide apple cider and snacks.  All activities are free.  While all ASO concerts are free and open to the public, and free refreshments are served, donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

All Seasons Orchestra is dedicated to providing musical experience for players of all ages and skill levels.   ASO plays a wide variety of music, and a typical concert will feature classical selections alongside musicals, movie music, patriotic music, and popular music.  The orchestra is also committed to providing musical enrichment through concerts for the community, and has performed at various venues including Trinidad Town Hall, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in McKinleyville, the River Lodge in Fortuna, as well as its home facility at the D Street Neighborhood Center in Arcata.

All Seasons Orchestra began its 30th year in 2018.  It is actively recruiting players in all sections: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.  Strings are particularly needed, including violins, violas, cellos, and basses.  Anyone may join the orchestra as a musician – there is no requirement for an audition or a portfolio of musical experience. The entry level skills needed are the ability to read music and basic knowledge of the fundamentals of playing your instrument.

If you play a musical instrument, ASO may be your opportunity to participate in a community orchestra. All Seasons Orchestra is an activity of the City of Arcata, Division of Parks and Recreation.  There is a small fee: $25 per season for Arcata residents or $31 for non-residents and scholarships are available. Rehearsals are held most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center, 1301 D St., Arcata. To learn more about our orchestra, visit our web page at   To express your interest in joining please call our manager, Dick LaForge at (707) 443-2626.  Follow us on our Facebook Page at  You may register for the current season at any rehearsal or by visiting the website for the City of Arcata.

Phamtom Plays Violin Compressed


The Phantom of the Opera (Lanny Her) plays the violin at All Seasons Orchestra Concert and Halloween Party 2017.







Times Standard Article 6/27/2018

Aurora Pitts, family and teacher
Aurora Pitts, 10 years old, our soloist for our June 30 and July 1, 2018 concerts, shown here at the piano with her family and teacher Daniela Mineva.

Times Standard Article 3/17/2018

ASO Spring 2018

All Seasons Orchestra is a family affair. Pictured here from upper left clockwise are the Renfer sisters, Steve and Linda Anderson, Meg and Eddie Kallen, Joe and John Rhodes, and Kathy and Dick LaForge.


Program June-July 2018

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