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Special guest narrator Don McCue

We are pleased to announce special guest narrator Don McCue, the director of A.K. Smiley Library, for our performance of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2018, at 3 PM.

This classical orchestral work features excerpts of Abraham Lincoln’s great speeches, including the Gettysburg Address. Famous narrators have included Neil Armstrong, Tom Hanks, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Margaret Thatcher, and President Barack Obama. It is only fitting that a longtime fixture of the Redlands community and the person who oversees the Lincoln Memorial Shrine fill such a prominent role.

McCue worked as a researcher at the National Archives. He took over the special collections division of the A.K. Smiley Library in 1986. He was named the director of A.K. Smiley Library in 2013.

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The RCO plays Beethoven’s 5th on November 13

The Redlands Community Orchestra begins its 2016-2017 season with Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5 at 3pm November 13 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The concert also includes Liszt’s Les Préludes and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.  The concert will be conducted by James Benanti and is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary.

The Redlands Community Orchestra was founded in September 2013 as an outlet for amateur musicians in the Redlands area to play orchestral music together for fun. It is an independent nonprofit community organization devoted to sharing the joy of music making, engaging our audience, and enriching the cultural life of our community through artistic expression. Approximately 60 all-volunteer musicians of all ages will play string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the concert.

The concert is sponsored by the Redlands High School Instrumental Music Department.

 

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All-Mozart Concert Featuring Jordan Otis and Justin Brunette

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Jordan Otis

The Redlands Community Orchestra concludes its season with an all-Mozart concert at 3pm May 22 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The performance will feature vocal soloists Jordan Otis and Justin Brunette singing duets and arias from The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. The concert will also include Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” and the overture to The Marriage of Figaro.  The concert will be conducted by James Benanti and is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary.

Jordan Otis, mezzo-soprano, holds a MM in Vocal Performance from University of Redlands and a BM Music Education from Southern Adventist University. Performance highlights include: Performance Reimagined (OperaWorks), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), The Merry Widow (Hannah), Into the Woods (Little Red), and soloing with the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. Experienced in many musical genres, she provides professional princess character entertainment in Southern California. Not only a performer, Jordan is also a private voice and violin instructor and music teacher at The Grove School in Redlands, CA. Jordan believes music is a gift from God and is so blessed to sing for Him every day.

Justin Brunette

Justin Brunette, baritone, has just completed his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Redlands where he has held leading roles in performances of The Barber of Seville and La Boheme and provided audition assistance during School of Music Audition Day concerts. He has a reputation for dedication, energy, and audience-pleasing performances.

The Redlands Community Orchestra was founded in September 2013 as an outlet for amateur musicians in the Redlands area to play orchestral music together for fun. It is an independent, all-volunteer nonprofit community organization that is devoted to sharing the joy of music making, engaging our audience, and enriching the cultural life of our community through artistic expression. Approximately 50 musicians of all ages will play string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the concert.

The concert is sponsored by the Redlands High School Instrumental Music Department.

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The RCO Plays Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Glinka

The Redlands Community Orchestra continues its season with a concert at 3pm March 13 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The performance will include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, the Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, and the overture to Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila. The concert will be conducted by James Benanti and is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary.

The Redlands Community Orchestra was founded in September 2013 as an outlet for amateur musicians in the Redlands area to play orchestral music together for fun. It is an independent, all-volunteer nonprofit community organization that is devoted to sharing the joy of music making, engaging our audience, and enriching the cultural life of our community through artistic expression. Approximately 60 musicians of all ages will play string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the concert.

Audience members should be aware that Daylight Saving Time starts on the day of the concert.

The concert is sponsored by the Redlands High School Instrumental Music Department.

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The RCO Plays Beethoven and Premieres an Original Composition

Robert Winokur at his keyboard

The Redlands Community Orchestra opens its season with a concert at 3pm November 15 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The orchestra will present the world premiere of a new piece for orchestra, Scenes from the Odyssey, by orchestra member Robert Winokur. The performance will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. The concert will be conducted by James Benanti and is free of charge and family friendly. No tickets are necessary.

The Redlands Community Orchestra was founded in September 2013 as an outlet for amateur musicians in the Redlands area to play orchestral music together for fun. It is an independent, all-volunteer nonprofit community organization which seeks to share the joy of music-making with its members and its audience. Approximately 60 musicians of all ages will play string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the concert.

Robert Winokur’s Scenes from the Odyssey will be performed as part of the RCO Composition Project, an initiative to foster the creation of new orchestral music. Scenes from the Odyssey is a musical tone poem inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey.

Robert Winokur’s music has been featured in documentaries, video games, on PBS, and in concert halls around the country. While primarily a composer of instrumental concert music, Robert has also written for jazz big band and combo groups, bluegrass groups, mixed-media and laptop-driven performing groups, and various chamber ensembles. He received his PhD in music composition in 2011, and he currently teaches music theory and music history and at Mt San Jacinto College and Crafton Hills College. He is also the music director of a jazz group he founded, the Little Mountain Big Band. He plays bass and percussion in the Redlands Community Orchestra.

The concert is sponsored by the Redlands High School Instrumental Music Department.