Symphony presents: The Thrill of the Orchestra

By Roger Harris • President Sierra Vista Symphony Association

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he Winter Concert, presented by the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the founding conductor, Roger Bayes, promises to be one of the most exciting and varied programs in the past few years. The concert theme is “The Thrill of the Orchestra,” and the program music spans more than three hundred years. The music, selected from a wide range of styles and periods, shows the versatility and palette of colors available with the modern orchestra.

Starting with a composition by Giovanni Gabrieli, the brass performs a work from the early 1600s, music that would have reverberated throughout St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. The late Russell Peck, composer and educator, wrote the next composition, The Thrill of the Orchestra, which brilliantly displays the many qualities within the orchestra. Sierra Vista’s own Jan Groth narrates the story of this composition. And yes, this work was the inspiration for Season 18’s theme… the “The Thrill of Music.”

Night on Bald Mountain will certainly create musical visions of this bare, cold mountain where the witches hold their secret rituals. Composer Modest Mussorgsky has given us an opportunity to hear a gamut of orchestral sounds.  The massive power of the low brass contrasted, at times, with a sound so brittle it could be breaking glass. Be ready for a surprise performer beyond your wildest imagination!

Ending the evening is the beautiful Cello Concerto in B minor, by Antonín Dvorák. The versatile and emotive sound of the cello is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful and appreciated solo instruments. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the best of classical music.

If you go

Winter Concert

WHEN Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. The auditorium doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets may be purchased at Dillard’s, Safeway, Oscar Yrun Center, the Chamber of Commerce and the Box Office, the night of the performance.

For more information, call the Symphony Office, 458-5189.

Meet Principal Cellist Mark Votapek

We welcome with enthusiasm the performance of Mark Votapek. Votapek has a long and varied career as a Principal Cellist in several major orchestras and performances in many solo recitals nation-wide. He is not only recognized as a soloist but also as a well known music educator. We eagerly look forward to his performance and welcome him to the Sierra Vista stage. He will be the guest at a pre-concert seminar beginning at 6 p.m. at the Buena auditorium.


Don’t miss these upcoming Symphony events

Speaking of missing things, Season 18 of the Sierra Vista Symphony Association, has two more events that you will want to attend. The Spring Concert, featuring Principal Guest Conductor, Kei Harada,( who always has something special up his sleeve), will present “The Thrilling Finale.”   The second ,not to miss event is the always popular Men Who Cook!

Many of our favorite composers are on the page of this program. La clemenza di Tito, Overture written in 1791, by Mozart while still composing the last parts of the Magic Flute. Following Mozart, the English composer Edward Elgar wrote a set of fourteen Enigma Variations based on his own theme. Now we know that each variation represented a friend and we even know which variation is assigned to that friend (wife). The connections that bind each variation together are still a mystery and Sir Edward Elgar took the secret to his grave. The concert’s composition is Nimrod, Variation 10. Most of us will remember Elgar as the composer of Pomp and Circumstance played at many graduation ceremonies.

The next composer on the program, Shostakovich. This composition, Piano Concerto No. 2, in F Major, was written for his son, Maxim’s 19th birthday. This work will feature solo performer, Erika Tazawa. Tazawa visits the Sierra Vista stage from Los Angeles, were she currently resides. Her performance career includes solo and small ensemble, performances throughout the United States. She has won numerous prizes and awards for her musical style and bold interpretations.

The conclusion to Season 18, is the powerful and robust Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. A musician’s musician, Tchaikovsky is the master of melody and harmony, always demanding from the musician, skills that create some of the best loved music of all eras. You will immediately recognize the statement from the brass section that defines this composition. This is “The Thrilling Finale” for Season 18!

Men Who Cook, the annual fundraiser for the Symphony has become one of the most fun and sought after tickets of the year. Celebrity Chefs from around the area, bring their best to this food extravaganza. Chefs competing for prizes and recognition prepare their signature dishes for your delight. You can vote for the best by dropping money in your favorite chef’s “Dollar Sack.” Where could you find more entrees, appetizers, desserts, and salad entries to test your palette? This is always a sold out event, so look for ticket sales near the end of March.


Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m.

Men Who Cook

April 6, 6.p.m.  Windemere Hotel

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