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Prescott Strings Classical Orchestra opens annual series

The arrival of cool weather means it's time once again for Prescott Strings Classical Chamber Orchestra to begin its annual series of concerts.

The first of the 2009-2010 season is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. This concert marks the Prescott Strings' 27th season in Prescott. In keeping with the tradition of chamber music form, the orchestra plays music written specifically for a smaller number of musicians for a chamber or salon setting. The 24-piece Prescott Strings group includes musicians from the POPS Symphony as well as local student musicians. They will perform in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, an acoustical setting that suits itself for the this kind of performance.

The program's composers, under the direction of Strings' conductor Dr. Phil Kuhns, span diverse musical styles, from Johann Sebastian Bach, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, and Gioacchino Rossini to Edvard Greig and the more contemporary David Diamond.

"We are looking forward to playing these distinctly different pieces, and are happy to have four very talented soloists on hand for this concert, as well," Kuhns said. Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto #2" will feature solo performances by violinist George Friedman, trumpeter Joseph Place, flutist Beverly Chesterby and oboe player Mick Flackinger.

"The Prescott Strings Classical Chamber Orchestra strives to present innovative concerts that feature both timeless favorites and contemporary masterpieces hailing from the baroque era through today," long-time Strings musician and orchestra spokesman Fulton Wright said.

Admission to the concert is free, although donations are welcome. The orchestra provides musical scholarship opportunities for gifted youth in the community. For information, call Wright at 928-445-4967.

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