The Sun Cities Chamber Orchestra will team up with the Chamber Orchestra and the Women’s Chorus for a concert at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Sundial Auditorium, 14801 N. 103rd Ave. in Sun City.
The concert is free but a free will offering will be accepted at the conclusion of the program.
Music will include some well known orchestral numbers such as selections from the “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Bizet, a very patriotic composition, “Festival Overture on the American Air, “The Star Spangled Banner” and its often neglected composer, Dudley Buck. The orchestra will also perform “Embraceable You” and “Birth of the Blues” featuring the very popular trumpet player, Dan Reed. The concert will conclude with the women’s chorus and chamber orchestra performing “God Bless America.”
The Sun Cities Chamber Orchestra was established over 30 years ago in Sun City. Its main purpose was to provide an opportunity for string players to continue playing after they retired from the original Sun City Symphony. During the first years of its existence the membership was around 12 string players. As time passed the size of the orchestra continued to grow.
Today, the size of the group has grown to over 50 musicians and it includes the instrumentation of a full orchestra, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings.
The current conductor of the Sun Cities Chamber Orchestra is George Zoske, a retired music educator originally from Wisconsin who now lives Sun City West.
“The orchestra members come from a variety of backgrounds prior to retirement,” Zoske stated. “All walks of life are represented within the group. We have homemakers, teachers, music educators, doctors, engineers, and many others, enjoying performing and sharing music with our audiences.”
The orchestra rehearses every Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. in the music room of the Fairway Recreation Center, 10600 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, usually from October through May.
IF YOU GO
What: The Sun Cities Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Women’s Chorus concert
When: 2 p.m., Nov. 19
Where: Sundial Auditorium, 14801 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City