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Maricopa Music Circle chamber orchestra will perform an evening of music from around the world March 24.

If You Go
What: Springtime Serenade
When: March 24, 7 p.m.
Who: Maricopa Music Circle
Where: Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road
How much: $12/adults; $10/children at the door or via
Info:; 520-316-6268

Titled “Springtime Serenade,” the full-length program welcomes spring with a program of works fully expressing MMC’s tagline “Orchestra of Soloists” with music for the full ensemble plus individual and sectional solos. In line with the music’s wide-ranging, adventurous spirit is the concert’s location at a non-traditional performance site, the University of Arizona’s Maricopa Agricultural Center.

“Springtime Serenade” explores the wealth of musical riches from four continents and across four centuries in an evening of appealing and inventive music, balancing toe-tapping rhythms and the spirit of exuberance with introspective and peaceful works.

From North and South America come the infectious rhythms of Joplin’s ragtime and Darktown Strutter’s Ball, Piazzolla’s tangos, and Barroso’s Aquarela do Brasil. From Asia flow haunting melodies for solo flute. And from across Europe are music by Mozart and Beethoven, Grieg’s Two Elegiac Melodies, Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Debussy’s Rêverie and solo viola Beau Soir, and Bizet’s richly depicted orchestral duo from the opera “The Pearlfishers” – “sung” here as a duo for trombone and euphonium.

Add to these spirituals, music from film and stage and more, written by inspired composers.

“Springtime Serenade” begins at 7 p.m. at the conference center of University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center. The evening will conclude with light refreshments for the audience and performers, offering a perfect chance to mingle with the musicians.

This story appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.


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