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DCO to feature Riley Mason at May 13 concert

The Desert Community Orchestra (DCO) Clint Freeman  

The Desert Community Orchestra finishes its concert season with its “Touch of Class 2023” Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 4:00 pm.

The performance will be held in the Parker Performing Arts Center at Burroughs High School. Doors open at 3:30 pm.


The concert will feature 12-year-old marimbaist Riley Mason. He is the son of Aaron and Julia Mason of Ridgecrest. Riley began studying piano at an early age and later began formal mallet lessons with percussionist Chloe Crouse in the summer of 2022. He also plays trumpet with the Murray Middle School band and the Big Band X-Press.

Riley will perform “Czardas” by Italian composer Vittorio Monti with the orchestra. This piece is specially arranged for marimba and orchestra by James Moore.  Czardas is a rhapsodical folkloric movement written in 1904 based upon a well-known Hungarian folk dance. The orchestra will also be performing ‘Procession of the Nobles’ by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov, ‘Sicilienne’ by Gabriel Faure, and ‘Berceuse and Finale’ from Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Maestro Robert “Robby” Martinez will conduct the Desert Community Orchestra throughout these beautiful works. He has been leading our local orchestra since 1994. “It’s exciting to feature such young talent this time,” notes Martinez.  “Riley is a young player you don’t want to miss! The way he dances along those bars is amazing to see and hear. And the orchestra’s pieces are stupendous. From a wedding entry march, a lovely melodic flute feature, to one of Stravinsky’s most famous 20th-century works. This will be an exciting night!”

Concert General admission is $10, Student/Military $5, under seven years, and Military in uniform FREE.  Tickets are on sale via and at Red Rock Book Store. Donations appreciated and assist in covering the many operating expenses associated with the orchestra.

The DCO appreciates the following sponsors: Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union, Pizza Factory, Beansters, Clint Freeman RidgecrestCaHomes, Vincent Avalos Edward Jones, State Farm Gary Charlon, The News Review, and The Daily Independent.