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The 2013 High Sierra Community Youth Orchestra takes a break from practicing to pose for a photo May 8. Conductor Johnene McDonald, far left, and musicians from all walks of life have been diligently practicing for the upcoming Spring Concert on Sunday, June 2. Everyone’s invited to an “evening of extravagant music” beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer-Quincy Elementary School.Photo by Laura Beaton
Plumas Arts and Face the Music Studio announce the advent of the 11th annual Spring Concert on June 2.
The musical event will occur in the cafeteria at Pioneer-Quincy Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The event will feature student soloists on bagpipes, guitar, piano and cello. These talented musicians will entertain the audience with performances of classical, traditional and original compositions.
A student group called the String Wizards will play four tunes, including classical and modern compositions.
The High Sierra Community Youth Orchestra will perform eight pieces ranging from “Italian Folk Festival” to compositions by Wagner, Beethoven, Rodgers and Hammerstein and others.
The orchestra was founded by Johnene McDonald some 27 years ago through a grant from the Plumas County Arts Commission.
McDonald, an accomplished musician who has taught hundreds of local students, will conduct the 30-member orchestra.
McDonald credits the Central Plumas Recreation District and Plumas Arts for their support and collaboration, which has allowed the orchestra and the Quincy Stringed Instrument Program, also founded by McDonald, to flourish.
The spring concert is a fundraiser that will support the purchase of new music for the 2013-14 year. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Refreshments will be available for a nominal donation during intermission.
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