The Redlands Community Orchestra concludes its second season with a concert at 3pm May 17 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The orchestra will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, featuring guitar soloist Ian Rowe, and will present the world premiere of a new piece for orchestra, Non-Diegetic Music, by orchestra member Sandy Megas. The performance will also include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. 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.
Guitarist Ian Rowe returns to Redlands, where he previously studied under Stuart Green at the University of Redlands. He was a prizewinner in several competitions and was the youngest guitarist selected to perform at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2011. A native of Hawaii, Ian began guitar lessons at the age of 10 with Darin Au at the Punahou School. Since then, he has studied with and performed for some of the most prominent names in classical guitar, including Sharon Isbin of the Juilliard School, Yale University’s Benjamin Verdery, and David Russell. Currently, Ian is completing his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under David Tanenbaum. Aside from a busy performance schedule, Ian also serves on the music faculty at the Berkeley Christian College, where he started the guitar department in 2014.
Sandy Megas’s Non-Diegetic Music will be performed as part of the RCO Composition Project, an initiative to foster the creation of new orchestral music. In drama, “non-diegetic music” is music that accompanies the action for dramatic effect but is not part of the action. Non-Diegetic Music is meant to sound like a tongue-in-cheek melodrama movie score inspired in part by the novel Wuthering Heights.
Sandy Megas has been a multi-instrumentalist since middle school and a composer since his high school jazz band director challenged him to write a chart for the band. Subsequently, he served in the US Marine Corps as a member of the arranging staff, spent several years as a freelance music copyist preparing music for TV shows, and worked for an insurance company. He has written and arranged music for a variety of university, military, and jazz bands and also writes for and performs in a jazz ensemble he founded, Hip Pocket. Currently, he teaches music at Riverside Community College. Sandy plays trombone in the RCO and serves as the orchestra’s librarian along with his partner Maud.
The concert is sponsored by the Redlands High School Instrumental Music Department.