Originally Published: November 1, 2017 6 a.m.
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra has a fabulous program planned for its upcoming concert, “Music To Be Thankful For,” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2017, 2:30 p.m. In this relaxed and intimate setting, and under the direction and baton of Dr. Phil Kuhns, the orchestra will present a diverse lineup featuring works by three popular composers. The afternoon’s exciting soloist will be the orchestra’s talented principal violinist, Concertmaster Bill Cummings.
The program will start off with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, with Cummings as soloist. The ever-popular German composer, most famous for his brilliant nine symphonies, wrote the beautiful and recognizable violin concerto during the period in which he established himself as a master.
Cummings, who holds a master’s degree in music and conducting from Northern Arizona University, serves as orchestra director at Prescott’s Granite Mountain School. He is also concertmaster of the prestigious Prescott POPS! Symphony.
Early 20th century English composer Gustav Holst is best known for his ethereal orchestral suite “The Planets.” In this concert the orchestra presents the composer’s “Two Songs without Words,” comprised of the lyrical “Country Song” and the intensely rhythmic “Marching Song.”
The orchestra will conclude the afternoon with the distinctly Spanish cadences of The Three-Cornered Hat – Scenes and Dances from Part 1 by prolific Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. (The original production of the full ballet The Three-Cornered Hat featured set design and costumes by Pablo Picasso!)
Tickets are now available for this wonderful afternoon of orchestral chamber music.
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra performs at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane, Prescott, AZ 86301. Adult tickets are $18 in advance/$20 at the door; student tickets are $4 in advance/$5 at the door. Future concerts of the 2017-18 season are Jan. 27 and April 28. Tickets are available at PrescottChamberOrchestra.com.
For more information, email Info@PrescottStrings.com.