Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 12, 1998 · Page 6
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 6

Ukiah, California
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Friday, June 12, 1998
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A-6 — FRI., JUNE 12-SAT., JUNE 13, 1998 Arts Entertainment THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, ? Ukiah Symphony showcases exciting music next seasorj U kiah Symphony Orchestra has opened its subscription series for their exciting new 1998-99 season. Continuing to heed the demand for two performances of each concert, Ukiah Symphony will again offer Sunday matinees as well as Monday evening performances. Tickets for either concert may be exchanged for the other concert if seating is available. Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. and the second performances are on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Receptions following all Sunday concerts are at Parducci Wine Estates for a $10 donation, benefiting the symphony. Still glowing from a rousingly successful season last year, and looking forward to the tremendously popular "Pops in the Park," an American salute (July 5 in Todd Grove Park), symphony members and Music Director Les Pfutzenreuter clearly believe the 1998-99 season of scheduled performers and musical selections to be equally exciting. All concerts are held at Mendocino College Center Theatre. Season tickets for adults (age 1864) are $48 for the season. Senior citizens (65 and older), or students (age 13- 17, with ASB card), are $40 for the season. Children (ages 6-12) season tickets are $20. To reserve your tickets, or for more information, the Symphony Hotline phone number is 462-9155. Ukiah Symphony gratefully welcomes the return of major season sponsors: Mendocino College, Radio Station KNTI and .the Ukiah Daily Journal. Season Musical Features The first concert, Sept. 27 and 28, "Go for Baroque!" will feature the exceptional talent of Audrey Kircher and Sharon Watts on flute, Beth Aiken on oboe, Margie Rice on violin, and Elizabeth MacDougall on piano, playing J.S. Bach's "Brandenberg Concertos No. 2, 4 and 5." The concert is co-sponsored by Parnum Paving and Mendocino Community Health Clinic. Seats for the Christmas con- Symphony conductor Les Pfutzenreuter, Concertmistress Margie Rice, pianist Elizabeth MacDougall and flautists Audrey Kircher and Sharon Watts discuss the upcoming symphony season. certs are usually at a premium. This year's concert, "A Family Holiday," will be heard Dec. 13 and 14, featuring the addition of the Ukiah Junior Symphony and Mendocino College Masterworks Chorale. Featured works are "Peanuts Gallery," by Ellen Taffe Zwilich; "A Young People's Guide to the Orchestra," by Britten, "PDQ Bach's "The Seasonings;" with a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long. Co-sponsors are First American Title and Century 21 Les Ryan Realty. The third concert, Feb. 7 and 8, 1999, features the immensely popular work of Gershwin in "An American in Paris." Additionally featured are works by and with Paul McCandless. McCandless has stood in the vanguard of contemporary instrumental music for more than three decades. Best known perhaps as a member of the pioneering Paul Winter Consort, and as a founding member of the group Oregon (with more than 24 albums to their credit), this talented musician has three times been voted as the world's best oboe player, elected by the Double Reed Society. In addition to oboe, he plays English horn, bass clarinet, all the saxophones, penny whistle, ethnic flutes, synthesizers, and electronic wind controller. Symphony goers won't want to miss this concert, co-sponsored by Rainbow Construction. The final concert of the season, May 16 and 17, 1999, features the "Romantic Masterworks" of: Beethoven's "Violin Concerto," featuring coastal artist Norbert Banse on the violin; "The Moldau" by Smetana; and "Romeo and Juliet, Overture - Fantasy" by Tchaikovsky. The Masterworks Chorale will be joining the Symphony in a Romantic choral work. Special co-sponsor of this concert is long-time arts appreciator, Walter Ihl, in memory of his wife, Erma. Symphony History Ukiah Symphony Orchestra has changed over the years, and grown from a struggling young orchestra of a few volunteer musicians, to a competent cadre of 55 members, tackling a wide venue of musical difficulty. Comprised of volunteer and professional musicians from Mendocino and Lake Counties, Ukiah Symphony Orchestra has consistently presented arts programs since before 1980. Its foundation began prior to that, comprised of a nucleus of 12 musicians performing in various churches, clubs and halls, informally led by Jeff Simpson, Jeff Dickey and Carolyn Hawley. "My wife, Marilyn and I, moved here after having played in orchestras in other locations," explained Simpson. "After discovering there was no orchestra here, I gathered a few folks together and Julian Lobsien, who taught music at the Seventh Day Adventist Academy, provided a rehearsal space for us. There were a number of Adventists who liked classical music - Aldean Miller, Eleanor Campbell, Nancy Johnson, and others - and we'd struggle to play some music. Rehearsal attendance was erratic, therefore we weren't able to produce much quality music at the time, but we'd struggle along doing the best we could so we would have a forum in which to play (Marilyn plays violin and I play viola). As people moved in to Ukiah and away, the musicianship of the orchestra changed," added Simpson. Hugh Curtis played awhile, Audrey Kircher, flute, has been with the group almost from its inception. In the mid-'70s, Simpson and Lobsien took turns conducting the fledgling group. The orchestra size got bigger - Paul Elder joined, playing cello, and his wife, Mickey, was a guiding force for the organizational aspects of the group - and began rehearsing at Pomolita Middle School. Lobsien left the area, then Simpson, Hawley and Jeff Dickey, a music teacher in Redwood Valley, shared the baton. Eventually, Hawley became the conductor of the formally organized Ukiah Symphony Orchestra until Les Pfutzenreuter (1989 to present) became its leader. Pfutzenreuter is in his ninth season with the Ukiah Symphony. His conducting experience includes many genres and styles* He is also music director of Mendocino College Masterworks Chorale and the college's Vocal Jazz Ensemble. His conducting experience includes more than 30 theatrical productions in Northern California. He is also conductor of the newly formed Ukiah Youth Symphony, which made its debut last year, as well as music director at Grace Lutheran Church in Ukiah. Pfutzenreuter's education includes a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with Dr. Howard Skinner and Eugene .Corporon. He has been Choral Music Director at Mendocino College for 12 years. In addition to conducting, Pfutzenreuter is a French horn player and vocalist, credited with vast stage experr- ence in both genres. Sponsorship ; * The Symphony's Sponsorship Program is an integral pact of keeping Ukiah Symphony going. Ticket sales cover only a portidh of what it costs to produce first- class symphonic music. B^ becoming a member of the symphony with your contributidrf, you will be joining the ranks of the performers, making a difference in keeping symphonte music alive in Ukiah. With great symphonies ft large cities falling under the ax of non-funding, it is a source ttf great pride that Ukiah still boasts of having a fine group of com* munity musicians with professional abilities playing together for the enjoyment of making good music. All donations and See SYMPHONY, PageA-7 OPPORTUNITY is when 68% of local residents can't name a remodeflng contractor. (And you're a remodeling contractor.) The Ukiah Daily Journal has commissioned a 1 ' national research firm to determine the name of hundreds of firms in dozens of categories. Yours- may be one of them. To find out more, call Sarah'. Sutherland at 468-3528. il'flQi THE FUN STRRTS WHEN YOU GET HERE! [800] FUN-1950 NEW HOURS SUN - WED 8:00 TO 1 Z:OO MIDNITE THURS - 5RT 8-.OO TO Z:OO YES WE FIRE OPEN! 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