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November 2, 2012

Baroque theme for chamber orchestra

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will perform baroque and romantic works for strings on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Harbor Springs and on Sunday, Nov. 4, in Charlevoix.

Saturday's concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs. Sunday's concert at Castle Farms in Charlevoix starts at 4 p.m.

The concerts, titled "Baroquen Masterpieces," will feature Andy Tuck, former Interlochen Arts Academy student, of Charlevoix, as soloist, joining the orchestra to perform the Viola Concerto in D Major by 18th century composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister. The orchestra will also perform the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Sinfonia No. 9 in C Minor by Felix Mendelssohn.

Written in the early 1700s for strings and harpsichord, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto is considered to be among the finest musical compositions of the Baroque era. Mendelssohn, a child prodigy, wrote his Sinfonia in 1823 at the age of 14, one of 10 that he composed as exercises for his teacher. He is now among the most popular composers of the romantic era, well known for his Scottish and Italian symphonies, the overture and incidental music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and his violin concerto.

David Holland, recently retired after 39 years as resident violist and string orchestra conductor at Interlochen Center for the Arts, will serve as guest conductor for the performances. Holland currently serves on the viola faculty at the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. He is also principal violist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Midland Symphony.

General admission tickets are $15; students, those 18 and under, military personnel and people with disabilities registered with VSA Arts of Michigan are admitted at no charge.

Tickets can be purchased online through TREATickets.com, at chamber of commerce offices in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, East Jordan and Boyne City, at the chamber orchestra office at 438 E. Lake St. in Petoskey or at the door.

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