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Chamber of Sound: Prescott Strings playing winter concert

Courtesy photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The Prescott Strings Classical Chamber Orchestra performs its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Prescott. The concert is free and open to the public.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Courtesy photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The Prescott Strings Classical Chamber Orchestra performs its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Prescott. The concert is free and open to the public.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Classical Chamber Orchestra performs its winter concert as part of its 28th season with works by a variety of composers and a one-of-a-kind oboe solo by Nick Fleckinger.

"You can expect a good dose of a variety of classical music," said Fulton Wright, who plays bass in the concert. "The soloist is really good."

The two-hour concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd's Lane (just off Highway 89 North on Ruger Road) in Prescott. The concert is free and open to the public, but the chamber does accept donations for its student scholarship program.

The concert program spans diverse musical styles and eras dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

"We are looking forward to playing these beautiful compositions, which are so often never heard and appreciated," said Dr. Philip Kuhns, Prescott Strings director and conductor. "We are also thrilled to have Nick Fleckinger return to perform with us on Alessandro Marcello's 'Concerto for Oboe and Strings in C Minor.'"

Other songs include works by Franz Josep Haydn, Camille Saint-Saens, Joseph Suk, and Pietro Locatelli.

"The Locatelli is an unusually catchy baroque piece," Wright said.

Musicians from the POPS Symphony, guest performers and gifted student musicians comprise the 24-piece orchestra. The Strings kicked off its 28th season in November with world famous flutist Elizabeth Buck, Associate Professor of Flute at Arizona State University.

Kuhns said he strives for diversity in the Strings' three-concert season.

"I always try to select works by not only the most prominent, well-known composers, but also those of whom many may not be acquainted and whose works offer beautiful and varied styles," he wrote explaining his music selection philosophy.

And true to its name as a "Classical Chamber Orchestra," the Strings' play classical songs written in traditional chamber style. Chamber music gained vogue in the late 17th Century, when three to four musicians would play in small rooms such as parlors or royal chambers.

"The 24-piece orchestra has remained true to chamber music form - that of playing music written specifically for a smaller number of musicians for a chamber or salon setting," Wright said. "Their performance in the acoustically wonderful St. Luke's makes for sensational listening enjoyment, while allowing for a relatively large audience."

To read more about the Prescott Strings, visit www.prescottstrings.com.

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