Orchestra to perform jazz pieces at final concert

Conductor Lutzenhiser to give lecture prior to free performance
By Nicholas Johnson | May 17, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnso This file photo shows second violin Sue Farden of Snohomish performing March 19 with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra at the Rosehill Community Center.

For its final concert of the 2016-17 season, the Mukilteo Community Orchestra will perform “Music From the Age of Jazz,” featuring pieces from the 20th century by composers from France, Italy, Spain and Russia.

The free concert is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Avenue in Mukilteo.

Featured pieces include: Maurice Ravel’s Bolero; Ottorino Respighi’s Fountains of Rome; Spanish Dance #1 from the Opera La Vida Breve by Manuel De Falla; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1.

Trevor Lutzenhiser, Mukilteo Community Orchestra conductor and artistic director, will present a pre-concert lecture beginning at 1:20 p.m.

“I’ve selected these pieces to showcase works that were composed after Jazz had become a popular phenomenon, and in some way reflects that,” Lutzenhiser said.

“While each varies in the influence brought by the countries where the composers lived, together they paint a lovely picture of the era in which they were written. The Shostakovich piece especially reflects this.”

Shostakovich’s Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1 is lively, varied and engaging, comprised of eight pieces. An energetic March features brilliant work by the brass and percussion sections.

Dance No. 1 is bold, brash and played considerably faster than Dance No. 2, which has a rolling central trio with harp and bird like trills on the flute, and adds an accordion to the score. Percussion and rattling tambourine give it a folk-dance flavor.

The Waltz invites the listener to consider dancing and includes melancholy saxophone and clarinet solos. The Finale ends with orchestral glissando and a brisk march.

“Bolero is world famous, and for good reason,” Lutzenhiser said. “And we’re pleased to bring the De Falla work to our audience. It’s a small part of a larger work, but not performed as often as much of the classical repertoire and a real pleasure to perform.”

The 2016-17 season marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra. The orchestra celebrated this milestone at its March 19 concert when it received a proclamation from the City of Mukilteo.

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson proclaimed March 19 as “Mukilteo Community Orchestra Day,” honoring the orchestra’s 20 years of music in the community. The proclamation credited the Mukilteo Community Orchestra for “reaching the souls of our community for the past twenty years” and stated that “the sound of music from the many volunteer musicians have touched our lives and given us many wonderful memories.”

At the concert, the orchestra recognized its partnership with the City of Mukilteo, the Recreation Department and the Rosehill Community Center. The Mukilteo Community Orchestra has been housed at the Rosehill Community Center since its founding and moved into the new Rosehill Community Center when it opened in 2011. They performed Beethoven’s Consecration of the House at the grand opening ceremonies for the center on Feb. 5, 2011.

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