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Summer Concert – June 18th, 5:00pm

Join RCO for our summer outdoor concert at Glen Miller Park’s Roosevelt Hill Bandshell
Bring your own lawn chair.
Free Admission.

Program

Malaga – Spanish March  Josef Rixner 1902-1973

Rixner was a German composer who wrote light music in the 1930s and early 1940s in Berlin. He also wrote a good bit of brass band music. This ‘Spanish’ march was written in 1938.

Frenesi  Alberto Dominguez Borras  1906-1975

Frenesi (translates to Frenzy) was originally written as a marimba solo. It was ‘covered’ by many musicians and bands over the years. Artie Shaw wanted to add strings to his band arrangements so he had William Grant Still arrange the piece for his big band. Shaw’s recording was released in December of 1940 and remained #1 on the charts for 13 weeks.

Light Cavalry Overture – Franz von Suppe 1819-1895

As is typical of von Suppe, the overture to this operetta has outlived the original stage work it was written for. First performed in 1866 this piece is probably more recognizable as music for cartoons. In fact, Walt Disney used this music in a Mickey Mouse feature “Symphony Hour.” Carl Stalling, who later worked at Warner Brothers, worked with Disney in the early years and developed a tick track system whereas the music for an animated feature is recorded first and then the animators match their drawings to the music.

1487th-The Iron Camels   Jay Conard  1958-

The 1487th Transportation Company of the Ohio National Guard (now located in Piqua, Ohio) was formerly located in Eaton, Ohio. They are nicknamed “The Iron Camels” because in recent deployments they have transported water. In 2004-2005 the unit was deployed to Iraq as part of the continuing conflict in the region. This march was written to honor members of the unit who served. The march was first performed on May 7th, 2006 with the Eaton Area Community Band under the direction of Gene Chatfield with several members of the unit present.

Broadway Tonight  arr. by Bruce Chase

This medley of show tunes includes:

  • Everything’s Coming Up Roses from Gypsy
  • Soon It’s Gonna Rain from the Fantasticks
  • My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music
  • Try To Remember from the Fantasticks
  • People from Funny Girl
  • That’s Entertainment

All but the last tune first appeared in stage musicals. Although That’s Entertainment was never in a Broadway musical, it still symbolizes the theatre and has been performed in many live shows.

Laura  David Raskin 1912-2004  arranged by Joe Lipman

This music, composed by David Raksin for the 1944 movie Laura, starred Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. This theme is heard almost continuously throughout the picture. We are playing a version based on the 1950 version by Joe Lipman for a recording session with Charlie Parker.

The Depot Jay Conard  1958-

This is a musical tour of the Richmond Depot around 1919. After the sunrise, we hear a family “Heading for the Depot” (perhaps in their new automobile) to see their brother off on the morning train. Once “Inside the Depot” we dodge baggage carts and passengers coming and going until we see an incoming train approach the platform. There we spot the outgoing engine as “The Train Starts.” We hear the pinging of its metal skin as the steam-heat inside expands the metal. We hear some machinery screech and the steam whistle toot (flutes) as pressure builds for the “Train Heading Out.” The wheels turn faster and faster as the train leaves the station and as it moves farther away we hear the steady clacking on the tracks until it disappears. As we look around we notice a soldier saying “Farewell” to his sweetheart as they plan for the future when he returns. Our attention shifts to the sound of the “Arrival” of another train, this one carrying father after a week-long trip. When the train stops with a giant hiss of escaping steam, we see people step off the train as we “Welcome Home” father. All that’s left now is for our “Heading Home.”

Teddy Bear’s Picnic  John W. Bratton  arr. by Tad Stewart

In 1902 the craze for Teddy Bears started when President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a captive bear on a hunting trip in Mississippi. Bratton wrote this ‘two-step’ dance number in 1907. In 1932 songwriter Jimmy Kennedy wrote the lyrics that we know today. This arrangement was done by Tad Stewart of Eaton, Ohio who directs the Eaton Area Community Band.

Leroy Anderson Favorites Leroy Anderson 1908-1975  arranged by Calvin Custer

Anderson is most famous for the light classical pieces he wrote for the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler. He studied Scandinavian languages at Harvard and worked as a linguist during WWII. His first ‘hit’, The Syncopated Clock, was written while assigned to the Pentagon after the war. This medley contains: Blue Tango, Belle of the Ball, The Syncopated Clock, and Serenata.

Pennywhistle Jig  Henry Mancini  1924-1994

Mancini wrote this piece for the 1970 movie The Molly McGuires. This great Irish tune is played today by Sandi Cox on the piccolo.

American Frontier by Calvin Custer

This medley of American tunes includes: The Girl I Left Behind, an old Irish tune used by the British and U.S. military. It is still played at West Point during final formations at graduation; Chester, a New England hymn-tune by William Billings written around the time of the Revolutionary War;  Oh Susanna by Stephen Foster;   Shenandoah, a tune used on sailing ships and ends with a stirring version of America, the Beautiful.

RCO Musicians

VIOLIN I
Anita Crull
Concert Mistress
George Carr
Barb Myers
Allison Mopps

VIOLIN II
Beverly Doyle
Ted Halsted
Dick Miller
Roberta Roswell

VIOLA/VIOLIN III
Gloria Morgan
Abram Jarvis
Grayson Jarvis

CELLO
Kelly Remo
Eevett Loshek
Maddie Mopps
Ray Ontko

BASS
Mike Mustin

FLUTE
Amy Noe Dudas
Sandi Cox

OBOE
Janet Meckley

CLARINET
Cathy Ackerman
Carolyn Gardner
Dalton Girdley
Don Miller

ALTO SAX
Amy Bryant

TENOR SAX
Ruthanne Munger

TRUMPET
Steven Stoller
Henry Kochensparger

TROMBONE
Matt Duffie

TUBA
Tyler Roebuck

PIANO
Jenny Williams

PERCUSSION/ TIMPANI
Mike Buchholz
Nathan Meckley

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May 1, 2022 Concert

RCO May 2022 Concert Poster

Spring Concert

Sunday, May 1, 2022
3:30 p.m.
Free admission

Civic Hall Performing Arts Center
380 Hub Etchison Parkway,
Richmond, Indiana

Selections to include:

  • “Palladio” – Jenkins
  • “Motor Boat Rag” – Chiaffarelli
  • “Symphony 101 (Movement 1)” – Haydn
  • “In the Steppes of Central Asia” – Borodin
  • “Raderzky March” – Strauss
  • “Tragic Overture” – Brahms

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RCO String Ensemble – Early Holiday Concert


RCO String Ensemble – Early Holiday Concert

4:30 pm on Sunday, November 21st

Reid Memorial Church 1004 N. A St. – Richmond, Indiana

No Admission charge. We request that you wear a mask for the protection of the musicians and other audience attendees.

Music by Mozart, Holst, and John Rutter along with some festive holiday numbers to get you ready for the season.

Program:
Fantasia on Scarborough Fair

Arranged by Mark Barnard
This piece published in 2014 uses the English Folk song in an innovative way that highlights the strings.  The song is about the Scarborough Fair held in Yorkshire and details some impossible task that your loved one is required to do – make a shirt without any seems, wash your laundry in a dry well, farm the land between the surf and the shore.

Sonata Concertante 
Based on Mozart’s Sonata for piano four hands, arranged by Frederic Westcott.
The Sonata in Bb K. 358 originally for piano duet written in Salzburg about 1773 is here re-imagined for strings.  We are playing the 1st and last movements with Jenny Williams playing the piano part much like a concerto.

The Holly and the Ivy
Arranged by Chip Davis
This Old English carol is in a setting by Chip Davis, of the Mannheim Steamroller fame, sounds much like a medieval song.  Davis was born and raised in Ohio and earned a music degree from the University of Michigan in both percussion and bassoon.

Dargason from the St. Paul Suite
By Gustav Holst
Again an English folk song is the basis for this piece which is combined with Greensleeves.  Holst wrote this for the St. Paul School for Girls string orchestra in 1913.

A Time for Christmas 
Arranged by David Bobrowitz
This piece published in 2017 uses 3 well-known carols:  Good King Wenceslas, The First Noel, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; in a medley that shows off many string techniques.

Silent Night
Arranged by Erik Morales
This famous Christmas carol was written in 1818 and was originally in 6/8 time at a faster tempo (more guitar-friendly).  First used in the US around 1859 when it was translated into English.  The middle section has a quicker more “waltz-like” quality.

Suite for Strings
By John Rutter
This piece was published in 1973 but written much earlier when Rutter was in his twenties and BEFORE he was known as a choral composer.  It has four movements all based on (you guessed it) English folk songs.  We will do #3, O Waly Waly, based on the Welsh tune “The Water is Wide” and #1, a rousing version of A-Roving.

The Sleigh
By Richard Kountz
First published in 1926 this ‘Russian’ sleigh song is a fast-moving fun piece.

RCO String Ensemble Members
Jay Conard – Conductor

1st Violin
Anita Crull, Concert Mistress
George Carr
Allison Mopps
Millicent Martin Emery

2nd Violin
Beverly Doyle, Principal
Dick Miller
Ted Halsted

3rd Violin/Viola
Jennifer Sacks

Cello
Kelly Remo, Principal
Ray Ontko
Maddie Mopps
Eevett Loshek

Bass
Mike Mustin

Piano
Jenny Williams

Thank you to the Friends of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church for graciously hosting this event.
The RCO plans to return to full orchestra rehearsals/concerts after the first of the year. Rehearsals will be held in the Chapel room of Reid Memorial Church. Follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/rcoindiana or checkout our webpage at https://rcoindiana.org