Gaylord Community Orchestra back on stage next weekend
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GAYLORD – The Gaylord Community Orchestra is currently hard at work rehearsing to prepare to return to the stage next weekend.
The orchestra will celebrate spring with its concert on Saturday, May 14 featuring the music of composers Antonin Dvorak and Franz Schubert. The concert will also feature cellist Evelyn Cho performing Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto in B Minor”.
“You’ll really get a taste of what it’s like to come together for an all-volunteer orchestra and put on a special show,” said orchestra board chairman Chris Olson.
The orchestra, Olson said, is staffed entirely by volunteers ranging from musicians of all types and professions, from Grayling up north to Mackinaw City and beyond.
Many of the orchestra’s musicians also perform in other performing groups in the area, including the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Michigan Chorale, but Olson said all are eager to perform together again at Gaylord. ; especially after its unplanned two-year hiatus.
“We, like many organizations, have had a very unplanned vacation with the pandemic and it almost feels like we are restarting, but we had a previous show last year and were lucky that the generosity of the community kept us going,” Olson said.
“We’re all very excited, and I’m personally excited, to see everyone in the community come out and enjoy what we’ve prepared for them,” he said.
Cho, the star soloist of the upcoming show, is currently a senior at Novi High School and has been playing the cello for 11 years. His primary studies were also with former Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist Paul Wingert.
Throughout her schooling, Cho received numerous awards and accumulated a list of accolades, including being selected to perform in the Michigan All-State Honors Orchestra and being nominated as a semi-finalist in the DSYO Concerto Competition.
The next performance will also feature Schubert’s “Unfinished”. The piece is a popular symphonic piece and is considered unfinished because he only wrote two movements out of the traditional four. Later composers have completed Schubert’s work, however, the orchestra will perform it in its original two-movement format.
“We definitely encourage everyone to come out because it should be a fantastic performance,” Olson said.
“Being able to perform live again is so wonderful. There is a community aspect to being part of a concert that is part of our fabric and we are all excited and ready to present this concert for everyone,” said he declared.
The Gaylord Community Orchestra concert will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the Gornick Auditorium at Gaylord High School. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. and will include a pre-concert talk with the conductor.
Tickets are available at the door and cost $10 for adults. The concert is free for students.
More information about the upcoming performance and any other orchestral events can be found on its website at www.gaylordorchestra.org.