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Honor Mom with Symphony in the Valley

Submitted photo/photo by Peggy Scone. From left, sopranos Secia Klocke and Lindsay Nelson, pianist Aaron Poh, and student conductor Zachariah Milby are winners in the Symphony in the Valley’s Young Artist Competition. The students will join the orchestra May 13-14 for the annual Mother’s Day concerts.
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Symphony in the Valley is honoring Mom with its annual Mother’s Day concerts at two local venues May 13-14.

The Symphony’s concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, 16543 Highway 82, Carbondale, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. The 63-member, all-volunteer Symphony in the Valley is the only orchestra in the area within an approximate 350-mile radius.

The winners of the Symphony’s Young Artist Competition are among the talented musicians to be featured during the concerts. Student conductor Zachariah Milby will perform “Symphony No. 1 in E flat Major, K-16” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; soprano Lindsay Nelson will sing “Soprano Song of the Sandman” from “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck; soprano Secia Klocke will sing “My Man’s Gone Now,” from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin; and pianist Aaron Poh will play “Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K414” by Mozart.



Steve Cole will narrate “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev. Other pieces include “Hopak From The Fair at Sorochinsk,” composed by Modest Mussorgsky and “The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War” and “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity,” both by Gustav Holst.

Karin White and Chick Overington formed Symphony in the Valley in 1993. The orchestra is a nonprofit organization which draws musicians from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Grand Junction, Aspen, Snowmass, Eagle/Vail and Denver. Performing under the batons of Wendy Larson and John Bokram of Aspen, the orchestra features an array of local talent ” from school teachers and physicians to computer-business owners and high school students.



The orchestra’s board and staff are: executive director Jacquie Meitler; president Kelly Thompson; vice president Dave Merritt; secretary Vanya Hauptli; treasurer Karin White; board members Liz Bokram, Jean Martensen and Karen Tefejian; librarian and photographer Peggy Sconce; fundraising chair Lori Andrews; house managers Dave and Corrine Merritt.

Tickets for the concerts, available at the door, are: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students ages 3-18; and $25 families. Any student who mentions his music teacher is free.


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