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MJC Community Orchestra, Band Present Spring Concerts
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A pair of musical performances are on the schedule at Modesto Junior College this month.

The MJC Community Orchestra, directed by Professor Anne Martin, presents a spring concert entitled “The Great B’s” on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Tickets are $5 general admission and $1 for students and senior citizens and will be available at the door beginning 90 minutes prior to the concert. Free campus parking is available for the evening in parking lots 104, 105, 106, and 108 to accommodate concert attendees.

The MJC Community Orchestra dedicates their performance of the Bach Chorale from the Easter Cantata to violinist, Diana Perier who passed away in March 2018. Perier graduated from MJC with an Associate of Arts in Music in 1971. She rejoined the Community Orchestra in 1990 and was a valuable leader in the group for the past 28 years, never missing a rehearsal. The orchestra members mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a beloved and talented colleague through this dedication.

The Orchestra also presents Marissa Staffero as the soloist in J. C. Bach’s Viola Concerto in C minor. Staffero studies viola with Anne Martin and will attend University of the Pacific next year on scholarship. The Enochs High School Orchestra, under the direction of Phil Vallejo, is performing works by Bach, Caccini and Turner. The concert concludes with A Beatles Medley. The arrangement by Manny Mendelson features music composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and When I’m Sixty-Four. The audience is invited to wear tie dye threads to the performance.

Meanwhile, the Modesto Junior College Community Concert Band presents “A Tour of Europe” during its spring performance on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium on East Campus, 435 College Ave.

The event is open to the public and admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted. Free campus parking is available for the evening in lots 104, 105, 106, and 108.

The program features “Under the Admiral’s Flag” by Jan W. Singerling, “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger, “Polish Rhapsody” by Walter Eiger, “Loch Lomond” by Frank Ticheli, “Norwegian Colors” by Jan Eriksen, “Russian Sailors’ Dance” by Reinhold Gliere, “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed, and “Fantasia on Lady of Spain” by Tolchard Evans. The MJC Community Concert Band is conducted by Director of Bands Erik Maki.