Sequim Community Orchestra Hosts “Family Concert” in Sequim
Join the Sequim Community Orchestra as they perform their first concert of 2019 on February 9th at 2:00 PM, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sequim (100 S. Blake Avenue).
The orchestra, founded in 2012, performs a “Family Concert” once a year, including activities for kids both before and during the concert. For those who arrive early, there is an “Instrument Petting Zoo” that opens at 1:30 PM, so that audience members of all ages can get close and really look at the instruments that make up an orchestra. During the performance of Mozart’s “Sleigh Ride” (not the holiday classic), children in the audience are invited to join the percussion section to ring bells on cue during the piece.
This concert is the first matinee performance for the orchestra, and Beth Pratt, former president for the group, is excited to see how this impacts their mostly-Sequim audience. “No one has to drive in the dark this way. We hope that moving to a Saturday matinee makes it easier for our friends and neighbors to attend our performance.”
Under the direction of Phil Morgan-Ellis, the program includes several short pieces, including Haydn’s “Surprise Symphony” and Grieg’s “March of the Dwarfs.” The concert will conclude with all three movements of J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #4” with soloists on violin and flute from the ensemble.
There is no charge to attend the concert, though donations are gratefully accepted. “Donations are our primary income that funds our String Kids program, which teaches string instrument performance to students of Sequim. We keep that program free to parents, and even maintain a loaner closet of violins, cellos and a bass for our students to use at no cost to their family,” Pratt shared. “Since the school district does not have the resources for this kind of program, we are glad to provide it.” The String Kids program is now in its fifth year, and provides education for about 40 Sequim students.
For more information, contact SCO Board President Justin Knobel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 360-780-1061.
Article submitted by: Beth Pratt, Community Relations Director at Park View Villas
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