Carson Valley Sinfonia to present free concert
November 15, 2012
The Carson Valley Sinfonia will present its fall/winter concert 4 p.m., Sunday in the CVIC Hall. The program will include “Two Minuets,” by J. S. Bach, “Shepherd’s Hymn of Thanksgiving,” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, the second movement of Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40,” “Lijiang River Landscape,” by Chinese composer, Albert Wang and the first performance of Conductor, John O’Neill’s “Silly Songs for Cool Cats,” based on traditional nursery rhymes.The Sinfonia is a 25-member, student-community string ensemble with an age spread of 11 to 89. Several intermediate students will be joining the orchestra for the first time and beginning students will perform pieces from the Suzuki repertoire. The Carson Valley Violin School, now in its 21st year, was founded by John and Nelle O’Neill with the assistance of the Douglas County Recreation Department, Douglas County School District and a grant from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation. More than 30 of its students have won seats in one of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, and many have received college scholarships. Several graduates are now pursuing careers in music performance in the U.S. and abroad, and one of the schools first students, Andrew McIntosh, is Professor of Violin and Viola at Pamona College in California.Twenty-five of O’Neill’s string orchestra scores have been published and recorded, with nine more scheduled for release in 2013; each having received its first performance by the Sinfonia.The concert is open to the public without charge. For information on the Sinfonia or CV Violin School, call 267-3495.