Continuing a city tradition, Maricopa’s premier music ensemble Maricopa Music Circle chamber orchestra will perform an evening of holiday music Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
If You Go
What: Holiday Serenade 2016
Who: Maricopa Music Circle
When: Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Black Box Theatre, MHS Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.
How much: $15/adults, $7.50/children under 14
Info: MaricopaMusicCircle@yahoo.com, 520-316-6268
Titled “Holiday Serenade 2016,” the spirited, full-length evening program is presented by Maricopa Arts Council and will be held at the Black Box Theatre at MHS Performing Arts Center.
“Holiday Serenade 2016” celebrates the holiday’s reflective mood as well as its splendor and joy. Music includes classic carols, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and two solo turns performed by soprano Theresa Judkins, before the evening closes in celebration with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
Program highlights includes two Maricopa firsts in which solo spotlights abound:
■ Two movements from Maurice Ravel’s orchestral version of his own haunting Tombeau de Couperin feature the composer’s favorite instrument, the oboe.
■ The regional premiere of J. S. Bach’s entire Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. The Brandenburg offers a perfect showcase for MMC – being an “orchestra of soloists” – since it is a concerto for two flutes and one solo violin.
The evening will conclude with light refreshments for the audience and performers, offering a perfect chance to mingle with the musicians.
Founded in 2010 originally as a small ensemble, MMC is unique because it performs standard orchestral music and popular favorites entirely without a conductor. Every MMC performer from piccolo to tuba serves as coach and supervisor several times each season, and the orchestra produces a rich, colorful and true symphonic sound.
This story appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.