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DCO to perform ‘Winter Gardens’ March 4

The Desert Community Orchestra Clint Freeman–

The Desert Community Orchestra performs its annual Winter Concert, “Winter Gardens,” Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at Desert Empire Fairgrounds Joshua Hall. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

This concert will feature exceptional guest violinist Bethany Grace Folsom. Bethany is currently a member of the Hutchins Consort. This group is a violin octet that performs eight-scaled violins designed and built by the famed Dr. Carleen Hutchins. Ms. Folsom also performs regularly with Larisa Stow and the Shakti Tribe, an American new age and pop-rock band from Long Beach, California, that fuses Western and Eastern music with English and Sanskrit mantras.

Bethany Grace Folsom

Bethany was formerly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, San Diego Symphony, and San Diego Opera. She has also toured with Yanni, Moody Blues, Placido Domingo, Pavarotti, and Andrea Bocelli.

Ms. Folsom will be featured on Winter by Antonio Vivaldi and White Bird. A pop rendition initially recorded in 1969 by It’s a Beautiful Day, an American rock band from San Francisco, California. The orchestra’s other selections include Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. The Peer Gynt suites are among his best-known works. Also slated for performance is The Enchanted Lake by Anatole Liadoff, a symphonic poem premiered on February 21, 1909, in St. Petersburg. Conductor Robert Martinez will be leading these fascinating pieces. He brings joy and energy to the podium that filters through the orchestra and listeners. It makes for a magical musical night.

“I am so pleased to have Bethany with us!” comments Mr. Martinez. “The musical breath she brings to the stage is wonderful. We are blessed to have such talent come and join the orchestra for this concert. This certainly is an evening to plan for. Don’t miss it!”

Concert General admission is $10; student/military $5; under seven years and Military in uniform FREE. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite and at the door.  Donations are always appreciated and assist in covering the many operating expenses associated with the orchestra. The DCO dramatically appreciates the following sponsors: Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union, Pizza Factory, Beansters, Clint Freeman RidgecrestCaHomes, Vincent Avalos Edward Jones, State Farm Gary Charlon, The Daily Independent, and The News Review. Special mention to TJ Frisbee Bicycles and Casey’s.

Other upcoming performances this season include “A Touch Of Class” on Saturday, May 13, featuring the winners of the Young Artist Competition.