Bill Schlichting
Curry Coastal Pilot

The Curry Del Norte Orchestra presents its spring concert series that will include three ensembles performing in as many venues.

Performances feature the main orchestra conducted by John Webster, a prep orchestra directed by Denise Olsen, and the Brookings-Harbor High School and Azalea Middle School orchestras under the baton of Nick Courtnage.

Concerts are in Gold Beach at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Bethany Lutheran Church at 94190 Fifth St. in Crescent City at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Elk Valley Rancheria at 2332 Howland Hill Road, and in Brookings at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1200 Easy St.

Tickets are $10 and available at Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach, Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City and Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings. Tickets are $12 at the door. Students are admitted free.

The concert includes “Concerto for Two Clarinets,” by Franz Krommer, featuring clarinetists Dan Sedgwick and Keith Jones.

Sedgwick earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and a master’s degree in clarinet performance from University of Oregon.

He has been the band director at Del Norte High School in Crescent City for the past nine years. This is his first full-time teaching job.

Jones retired from teaching high school band in the San Francisco Bay area. When he moved to Crescent City he found few opportunities to perform. But this didn’t slow him down. He joined Tsunami Swing and the orchestra, and founded the dance band Dixieland Rangers.

Besides clarinet, his primary instrument, Jones has also played bassoon in the orchestra, tenor saxophone in the dance band and baritone saxophone as a soloist at galas.

Also on the program are the “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod, “Vocalise“ by Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Symphony No. 70” by Joseph Haydn, “Procession of the Nobles” by Nikoai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Rondeau” by Jean-Joseph Mouret, “Nimrod” by Edward Elgar and “Bacchanale” by Camille Saint-Saens.

On a lighter note, the orchestra will perform a program that includes “Concerto Grosso for Three Kazoos.”

During the concerts, Webster will be honored as he is leaving the area.

For more information, contact the orchestra at currydelnorteorchestra@gmail.com or visit www.currydelnorteorchestra.org.

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