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The RCO Performs Bach, Beethoven, and Dvořák Plus a New Composition

Steuart Goodwin holding organ pipe

The Redlands Community Orchestra continues its second season with a concert at 3pm March 8 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The orchestra will present the world premiere of a new piece for orchestra, Morceau, by orchestra member Steuart Goodwin. The performance will also include several classical masterworks: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major (BWV 1046), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral,” and the Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Dvořák. 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.

In keeping with its mission of music-making, the Redlands Community Orchestra is proud to present the Composition Project, an initiative to foster the creation of new orchestral music which the orchestra’s members and audience as well as future generations of music-lovers can enjoy for years to come. The first Composition Project piece will be Steuart Goodwin’s Morceau, which is meant to be friendly and accessible to the audience, easy to learn and play for the musicians, and musically complex enough to appeal to those with musical training.

Steuart Goodwin has been a musician since the age of 9, having studied cornet, piano, organ, horn, and composition, and he has been fascinated from early childhood with the sounds and mechanism of pipe organs. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the University of Redlands, Goodwin won a Fulbright Grant to study organ building in the Netherlands. Upon returning home to California, he started Goodwin Pipe Organs and has since built six new organs, eight essentially new organs using some parts from older instruments, and two restorations of 19th century organs. Goodwin plays horn in the orchestra and also serves as the board vice-president.

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