By Gayel Pitchford
contributing writer 

Tehachapi Strings and Junior Orchestras to perform, April 21


April 15, 2023

The Tehachapi Strings Orchestra, under the direction of Gayel Pitchford, will perform its spring concert, “Many Takes on Music,” on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church on Schout Rd., (across the street from Country Oaks Baptist Church) in Tehachapi.

Strings Orchestra will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky, “Ghosts of the Brandenburg” by Richard Meyer and “Carmen Suite No. 2” by Bizet.

Junior Orchestra will perform “Three Rounds,” “Nocturne,” “We Plow the Fields,” “Rural Dance” and “Polonaise,” all arranged by Samuel Applebaum.

Following the orchestra pieces, the following musicians will perform in recital: String Bassist Natalie Whiteside, Cellists Samuel Torres, and Emilia Robbins, and Violinists Aaron Wenner, Steve Chambreau, Ginevra Robbins and Lila Amos.

The Strings Orchestra is the Tehachapi Symphony’s intermediate to advanced level teaching orchestra. Many of its graduates have gone on to play in the Symphony and a number of them have received music scholarships for college. The Junior Orchestra is a beginning-level orchestra, composed of musicians from age 9 to more than 70 years of age. Strings Orchestra and Junior Orchestra are the “farm clubs” for the Tehachapi Symphony.

This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family and expose the children to the wonders of playing a musical instrument. This performance is presented free to the public. There will be a reception following so audience members can meet and mingle with the players

For more information, call Gayel Pitchford at (661) 823-8249.


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