Guest strings solo at community concertPublished 9:48pm Friday, April 25, 2014
Downtown Washington is alight with activity today, but the entertainment won’t stop as the day draws to a close — another free concert rounds out a weekend of performances.
The Beaufort County Community Orchestra’s spring concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday and according to orchestra members, this one includes some very special guest performers.
Anna Luce, sister of orchestra violinist Dawn Pooser, and her husband Gergory Luce will take the Turnage Stage with the Beaufort County orchestra to play Sinfonia Concertante No. K.364, a Mozart violin and viola concerto. Anna Luce is violinist, concertmaster and co-director of Washington, D.C.’s only conductor-less chamber orchestra, Ars Nova, as well as a performer with the international artist collaborative Halo Ensemble; Gregory Luce is a violist with the national and international award-winning Aeolus Quartet, as well as being an music educator in demand, according to their biographies.
“They are playing Mozart and we are accompanying them,” said BCCO’s Robin Potts. “We’re playing three movements of it and they are the soloists — they are the stars.”
Other pieces on the program include Bach Minuets and a series of early American and folk music: Amazing Grace, Hole in Her Stocking, Mississippi Sawyer and the Shaker Hymn, to name a few.
“The students of Lois Omonde and Dawn Pooser are soloists of the early American music and it’s a lot of fiddling—a lot of quick fiddling. It makes you want to dance,” Potts laughed.
The Beaufort County Community Orchestra has its roots in one music lover’s passion for teaching, and giving lapsed musicians an opportunity to pick up the instruments they played throughout childhood to play again. String teacher Doris Hamilton first gathered a group of amateur musicians together for a mother-daughter concert in 1995. Since, the group has grown to 30-plus members and a conductor who perform twice a year.
Preparation for the BCCO spring concerts meant 24 rehearsals in the evenings and on the weekends over the last several months. For conductor Chris Ellis, practice means some good music is in the works—and at a new venue.
“It should be a great concert for us,” Ellis said. “The first time I’d ever been (to the Turnage Theater) was Thursday night and it’s beautiful. I’m really looking forward to it.”
The Beaufort County Community Orchestra is comprised of amateur musicians from eastern North Carolina, with members hailing from Washington, Belhaven, Blounts Creek, Sidney Crossroads, Greenville and New Bern, and include a few local high school students.
The BCCO concerts are free and open to the public.