The American River College Orchestra will fill the air with festive spirit as they perform a variety of familiar holiday pieces on Wednesday, Nov. 30th.
Dr. Steven Thompson, director, has chosen some traditional pieces like the “Blue Danube Waltz” that the Vienna Philharmonic always plays in their New Year’s Concert, and some fast-paced numbers that capture the joy around the holidays including “Sleigh Ride” and several pieces from The Nutcracker Suite.
“It’s a thrill and joy to play the fantastic and challenging orchestral repertoire,” said flutist, Ann Wehrman. “I appreciate Dr. Thompson’s patience, expertise, and vision. He challenges us to play at such a high level.”
Performing at the ARC Theater in Sacramento, a mix of 75 student, professional and amateur musicians make up the orchestra who will collectively reign in the holidays. The musicians come from a variety of backgrounds and are all looking to play in a supportive and fun environment.
“I started playing violin when I was nine years old,” said Maurice Billet, one of the more experienced members. “I’ve played with many symphony orchestras in the Sacramento area like the Camillia Symphony, the Sacramento State Symphony. I was also concertmaster with the West Sacramento orchestra.”
The professional musicians mentor amateurs as the orchestra tackles ambitious pieces. Billet says the new players are one of the things that keep him playing with the ARC Orchestra.
“I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of the young people playing classical music,” he said. “One of my favorite things is playing wonderful symphonies and concertos with talented young musicians.”
The concert is $10-15 dollars and tickets can be purchased through brownpapertickets.com. The theater is located at 4700 College Oak Drive in Sacramento.