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Prescott Chamber Orchestra goes back to its roots
All strings for final concert of the season

For its final concert of the season, the Prescott Chamber Orchestra is going back to its roots with an all strings performance with an added vocal dimension.

Titled “Bella Musica da Ricorde,” Italian for “Beautiful Music to Remember,” the concert is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, according to a news release from Kathy Wells of Foghara Advertising & Public Relations. The opening piece is Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite in C Major.”

“With the opening selection … the audience is treated to a lively and robust ‘jig’ followed by major theme introductions in the viola and solo violin,” the release states. “The final movement contains the very familiar ‘Dargason’ melody taken largely from Holst’s ‘Second Suite for Military Band’ plus the ever-popular folk son ‘Greensleeves.’ ”

Also on the program is Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” a collection of six dance tunes gathered from the villages of present-day Hungary, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Durch Zarklichkeit und Schmneicheln,” part of the opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” Tommaso Giordanio’s Italian love song “Caro mio Ben” and Benedetto Marcello’s “Il Mio Bel Foco.”

Admission to the concert is $20 for adults and $5 for students, available online at www.prescottstrings.com or at the door.

In keeping with the Prescott Chamber Orchestra’s tradition of showcasing promising local music students, Maestro Peter Mueller has invited Wesley Traver, a 22-year-old Arizona native who has performed with the Prescott Pops Symphony and has had a variety of appearances in choral and musical theater productions at Yavapai College, and Lily Grubert, a sophomore at Northpoint Academy and a three-time first place winner in the Prescott Center for the Arts Competition.

Grubert was also recently in the role of Belle in Yavapai College’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Traver will perform “Caro mio Ben” and Grubert will take on “Il Mio Bel Foco.”

Additionally, Yavapai Youth Choir Director Arlene Hardy will join the orchestra for its rendition of “Durch Zarklichkeit und Schmneicheln.”

“This short aria is musically lively yet challenging with a huge range, offering up not only a delightful bit of the famous German opera, but a lovely vocal experience from … Hardy as well,” the release states.

The performance is at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane. For more information, visit www.prescottstrings.com.

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