Orchestra-chorus opener is Oct. 21

— Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus will kick off its 2017-18 concert season Saturday, Oct. 21, with “Landscapes.”

The concert starts at 3 p.m. in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

Admission will be charged, but the group is offering a special for parents who take their children. Children age 12 and younger normally are admitted for free, but an anonymous donation is allowing the group to offer free admission to adults who bring a child to the concert.

“This offer is open to 20 families and applies to adults and children in those families,” said coordinator Judy Johnston. “Part of the mission of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus is to introduce live orchestral and choral music to the youth in our communities.”

More information on taking advantage of the offer is at www.ovocmusic.org.

Choral director Jonathan McBride and orchestra conductor Matt Brown chose the theme of “Landscapes” as a way of presenting music that creates images of nature “and the many facets of our social commonalities around the globe,” Johnston said.

The orchestra will feature “On the Trail” from Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe.

Grand Canyon Suite became a 1958 short Walt Disney film showing footage of the Grand Canyon accompanied by the five Grofe movements in the manner of “Fantasia,” with no story or dialogue. The film won an Academy Award in 1959 for best short subject.

“On the Trail” has been a familiar theme in various formats ever since.

In addition, the orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s “Scottish Symphony,” Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and “Moods from Mahler’s First Symphony,” a compilation of various themes from Symphony No. 1, said Brown.

The chorus will join the orchestra for a special arrangement by Cashmere music teacher Kent Chalmers of “This Land Is Your Land.”

The chorus portion of the program includes “Zeiguenerleben” (The Gypsy Life), by Robert Schumann, and “Turn the World Around,” by Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman.

Concerts will be on Saturday afternoons this year, with curtain time at 3 p.m. for the Oct. 21, Feb. 10, 2018, and March 24, 2018, performances. The Dec. 9 concert starts at 2 p.m.

The change from Sunday to Saturday was made so more musicians could participate, Johnston said.

Season tickets are on sale, or concert-goers can enter by individual tickets available at the door.

Johnston noted that auditions for the spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” will be at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Okanogan High School cafetorium.

The show is “a delightful and hilarious celebration of a fictional Broadway show from the 1920s, one that will please the entire family.”


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