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November 16, 3 PM concert at Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church is free

On Sunday, November 16 at 3 pm, the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra will present a free concert at Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church, the first in the Orchestra’s 2007-2008 Season.

Conductor Betsey Hofeldt will open the program with Handel’s elegant Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 61, one of 12 concerti grossi in which Handel investigates shifting relationships among the instruments of a string orchestra. Mozart’s Divertimento in C Major – with a vivid and cheery opening movement, a second movement with a sadly singing operatic flavor, and an energetic and clear-cut rondo finale. Bartok’s breezy, high-quality Roumanian Folk Dances are next.

The JSO will end the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams’s sumptuously romantic Fantasia on Greensleeves, which premiered a few years after the premiere of his Shakespearean opera Sir John in Love, for which Williams wrote the pieces for use as short, intermission music between the acts.

The JSO will repeat this program as an outreach concert for the residents of Bethany Lutheran Village.

Junior String Orchestra members rehearse every Sunday from 1:45 pm – 4:15 pm, September – March. The Junior String Orchestra consists of 53 students in grades 6-12 representing 22 different schools in the Greater Dayton area. Membership in the Orchestra is through competitive audition.