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The RCO Presents a Guitar Concerto and a New Composition

Ian Rowe

Ian Rowe

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

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.

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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.

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The RCO Performs Schumann, Dvořák, and Haydn – Featuring Trumpet Soloist Steve Morics

Steve Morics

Steve Morics

The Redlands Community Orchestra commences its second season with a concert at 3pm Nov 9 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The performance will include Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto (K466), featuring trumpet soloist Steve Morics. The orchestra will also perform Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 “Rhennish” and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, and will be conducted by James Benanti. The concert 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 non-profit community organization which seeks to share the joy of music-making with its members and its audience. Approximately 55 musicians of all ages will play string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the concert.

Steve Morics is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Redlands and has been an avid trumpet player since the 5th grade, serving as prinicpal trumpet in the Charlottesville/University Symphony Orchestra while pursuing his Ph.D., and now playing locally with the Redlands Fourth-of-July Band, the Little Mountain Big Band, and, of course, the Redlands Community Orchestra. He has also played with the Redlands Symphony and occasionally plays with the University of Redlands School of Music’s Trumpet Ensemble and on student recitals.

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

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The RCO Performs Mozart with Pianist Lara Urrutia

Lara Urrutia

Lara Urrutia

The new Redlands Community Orchestra will conclude its inaugural season with a concert at 3pm May 18 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The performance will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K466), featuring University of Redlands pianist Lara Urrutia as a guest soloist. The orchestra will also perform von Suppé’s Poet and Peasant Overture, Saint-Saëns’ Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila, and Loewe’s My Fair Lady Selection for Orchestra (arranged by Robert Russell Bennett) and will be conducted by James Benanti. The concert 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 community organization which seeks to share the joy of music-making with its members and its audience. Approximately 58 musicians of all ages will play string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the concert.

Lara Urrutia of Redlands is a solo and collaborative pianist and University of Redlands faculty member who has performed widely in Southern California, nationally, and internationally.

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

More information about pianist Lara Urrutia can be found at http://www.redlands.edu/study/schools-and-centers/school-of-music/about-the-school/faculty-and-administration/lara-urrutia/.

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The RCO Performs Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Strauss

The new Redlands Community Orchestra will perform its second-ever concert at 3pm March 9 at Redlands High School’s Clock Auditorium. The performance will feature Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 (Italian), Beethoven’s Egmont, Op. 40, and Johan Strauss’s Emperor Waltzes, Op. 437, and will be conducted by James Benanti. The concert 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 community organization which seeks to share the joy of music-making with its members and its audience. Approximately 55 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.