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Orchestra looks for new musicians

Staff reports

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is issuing an invitation to the community for musicians to join the group.

People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join, according to Claudette Springmeyer and Margaret Colescott, orchestra members.

There has been a change in leadership since the group was formed earlier this year.

Conductor Brian Farnon has passed the baton to assistant conductor Danny Yale, an accomplished violinist who lives in Minden and plays every Sunday at Sterling’s in the Silver Legacy casino in Reno.

Springmeyer said that Farnon stepped down because he had too many commitments with his popular Tahoe Dance Band. Farnon also is beginning rehearsals for the annual musical production of “Scrooge,” in which he plays the title role every Christmas at Harrah’s Hotel Casino to sold out audiences. Farnon also wrote the musical.

Springmeyer said the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is beginning rehearsals for its first ever Christmas concert, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5 at the CVIC Hall.

Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the hall on Esmeralda in Minden and everyone is welcome to perform or watch and enjoy the music.

The orchestra has plenty of room for additional string musicians and brass. Students are welcome and extensive experience is not a requirement. Springmeyer and Yale are still hoping for the donation of a piano or keyboard.

For information, call Maestro Danny Yale, 782-7459; Springmeyer, 782-9097 or 782-8679 or Colescott at 782-2460.