‘Stage and Screen’ caps off MCO’s season

Mukilteo Community Orchestra performs famous movie pieces in last performance
By Brandon Gustafson | May 23, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Mukilteo Community Orchestra members receive a round of applause from concertgoers after finishing their final concert of the 2017-18 season, “Stage and Screen.”

Songs from the big screen made it to Rosehill this past Sunday in the Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s final performance of the 2017-18 season.

The performance, titled “Stage and Screen” brought familiar songs from famous movies to the stage in front of more than 100 concertgoers.

The Mukilteo Community Orchestra is a nonprofit orchestra that performs a few free concerts at the Rosehill Community Center every year.

Trevor Lutzenhiser, MCO conductor and artistic director, hatched the idea for a performance based around movie songs due to one of his favorite pieces, “The Firebird,” by Igor Stravinsky.

“For a long time, my favorite piece of music was ‘Firebird’ so I decided to build the concert around this,” Lutzenhiser said during a pre-concert lecture. “‘Firebird’ was in the Disney movie ‘Fantasia 2000,’ and really it’s the genesis for where this concert came from. I just thought of all the amazing music in film.”

Another famous piece performed during the show was Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” which many know from the 1979 film “Apocalypse Now.”

“I may be dating myself here, but myself and some orchestra members also remember it from some of the older Bugs Bunny cartoons,” Lutzenhiser said. “I’ve always been a big fan of Wagner’s work.”

The program also included “Promenade” from “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky; “The wedding of Lieutenant Kije” by Serge Prokofiev; “Night on Bald Mountain” by Musorgsky; selections from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin, Du Bose, Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin; and selections from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein including “I Feel Pretty” and “Maria.”

MCO member Terry Preshaw, felt one reason the performance was so special was due to the family aspect of it.

“We have the Dahlberg family, and their son Luke is here and performed on the trombone,” Preshaw said.

Preshaw also had nothing but praise for Lutzenhiser.

“He is just so dedicated to us,” Preshaw said. “We all just love him and the work that he does.”

During intermission, Lutzenhiser could be seen dripping with sweat after conducting the orchestra.

“He’s giving us everything he’s got,” MCO member Mark Carlson said of Lutzenhiser.

Carlson also noted how much he enjoys performing with the orchestra.

“It’s a bunch of non-musicians getting together and playing music,” Carlson said. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

Preshaw echoed Carlson’s thoughts, and noted how big the organization has gotten over the years.

“Our orchestra has come such a long way from our humble beginning in 1997,” Preshaw said. “Trevor’s dedication, patient teaching and deep love of music has brought us all to this level of performance.”

Preshaw also said the performers do a lot of work to keep the orchestra running as well as it does.

“Behind the scenes, our group of musicians engages in double duty (with) venue coordination, public relations, administration, music library, legal - all the tasks a nonprofit organization such as ours must do to stay active and thrive,” Preshaw said. “We are all volunteers and have a great team.”

As for how Sunday’s showing went, Preshaw described it as “exhilarating.”

“The concert itself was one of the most exhilarating performances I have ever experienced,” she said. “From sublime solo performances (thinking about the clarinet in ‘Night on Bald Mountain’) to the powerful trombone performances in ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ - and everything in between.”

The 2017-18 season is over, but the 2018-19 season is already laid out, with the first concert set for Dec. 16 at Rosehill, titled “An English Christmas.”

Their other performances are set for March 10 and May 19 in 2019.

For more information on the MCO, visit mukilteoorchestra.org.


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