NWC News Desk

Northwest Civic Orchestra performs final concert of the season April 29 at NWC

Posted April 20, 2017
By NWC News Desk

The Northwest Civic Orchestra culminates the 2016-17 season April 29, with a 7 p.m. concert in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Maurine Akin will conduct the orchestra’s performance of an eclectic mix of compositions celebrating this year’s concert theme of “Shared Impressions.”

“Shared Impressions refers to the composers of each piece either borrowing lyrics or melodic elements from another composer or the piece itself referring to a shared experience,” Akin said. “It also refers to the shared experience of making music together.”

The repertoire includes variations on a theme by Haydn, “America in Paris” suite and familiar favorites including the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Several youthful musicians from around the state will join the orchestra as winners of this year’s Wyoming Young Artist Competition. Music students between the ages of 15 and 20 years old auditioned in January at Northwest College in three categories of competition; instrumental, vocal and piano.

Heath Richards, a young artist from Sheridan, will be featured in “Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra.” Young vocalist Ashlee Aagard from Lovell will perform “The Girl in 14G,” and pianist Gregory Martin of Rock Springs will take the stage in a solo performance of movement one of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.”

Immediately following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in the Nelson Performing Arts Center to meet the students and musicians from around the area who combine their talents to perform in choir and orchestra concerts each spring and fall.

General admission to the concert is $7 adults; senior citizens pay $5. NWC students and children 12 and under are admitted free.