Maricopa’s premier chamber orchestra, Maricopa Music Circle brings its special verve and style to a prime in-person arts event on Saturday evening, Oct. 16, at the new Community Center: the Autumn Musicale Celebration Concert. With October designated National Arts Month and the return of in-person Arts events after more than one-and-a-half years of darkened stages, MMC has opened up this special Celebration Concert also to include a Silent Auction of works by several of the city’s best-known visual artists – thus becoming a feast for all the senses.
The spirited, intriguing, musical program begins promptly at 7 p.m. Its infectious rhythms, expressive melodies and dazzling contrasts of musical colors are drawn from the musical personalities of countries covering three continents. And it embodies MMC’s tagline “Orchestra of Soloists”, alternating full-ensemble numbers with music spotlighting individual musicians and sectional solos. The one-hour concert begins and ends with powerhouse orchestral suites, then visits dreams, sprightly dances and airs, exotic melodies, a grand cathedral, gliding ponds and more along the way. The concert closes with an Americana Suite including a Beach Boys tune, a beloved spiritual, and a rousing Scott Joplin rag.
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for concert-goers to view the paintings and evocative weavings by eight well-known Maricopa visual artists which will be available for sale at the Art Partners Silent Auction. The artists provide a reserve minimum price for each work, and bidding begins immediately as the audience assembles. The visual artists include creatives with popular followings in our city: Bonnie del Turco, Susan Cameron, Kaui Wilson, Crystal Dennis, Jenniann West, Pam Sutton and Tiffany Yazzie. Auction results will be announced during the post-concert reception, where light refreshments accompany the chance to mingle with the musicians and visual artists.
Founded in 2009 originally as a small ensemble, Maricopa Music Circle is unique because it performs standard orchestral music and popular favorites entirely without a conductor. MMC’s programs are always full of appealing and inventive music appropriate to the season and the orchestra produces a rich, colorful, symphonic-style sound.
MMC is well known to city audiences for its sumptuous arrangements tailored specifically for its instrumentation and its intriguing programming. Regional audiences know the chamber orchestra well, from the opening of City Hall, to its 13-hour Star Wars marathon at Ultrastar Ak-Chin theaters, to partnering live with Theatre, Dance and Chorus programs at various sites and its recent large concerts at Maricopa Agricultural Center, plus its videos and CD recordings.
Event tickets are $12, $8 for students, and available at the door. Seating is arranged for good health, and masks are strongly advised.
Visit the MMC Autumn Musicale celebration concert & art partners silent auction Facebook event for more details as they are posted.