A scary favorite from the film "Fantasia," a larcenous bird, a classic of horror movies and a symphony many music-lovers regard as Dvorák's greatest. And no, it's not his famed "New World" Symphony. In common: all these great classical masterpieces will start the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra's 11th Season off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in the Fiester Auditorium of Mariposa County High School. The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra is a program of the Mariposa County Arts Council, which continues to rebound after the fire earlier this year which completely destroyed that organization's offices and fixed assets.
MSO Founder and Conductor Les Marsden has planned an eclectic concert to kick off the orchestra's next 10 years: Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night on the Bare Mountain," Gioachino Rossini's Overture to "La Gazza Ladra" (The Thieving Magpie), Marsden's own reinvention for orchestra of Johann Sebastian Bach's famed "Toccata and Fugue in d minor," and Antonin Dvorák's symphony, Eighth in G Major.
"The entire concert celebrates tune-filled, recognizable and wholly-accessible music -- music to be readily enjoyed by everyone, from those new to classical music to the most seasoned concert-goer," Marsden said. The MSO's 11th Season has been designated as the orchestra's "audience-building" season by Marsden, who encourages regular concert-goers to introduce the symphony to friends who may not have ever attended one of the organization's events.
"I've been pretty surprised lately to discover there are folks here -- longtime residents -- who never knew the MSO existed," Marsden said. "As the smallest community in America with its own symphony orchestra, I'm eager to share the news that not only are we here, but that great affordable symphonic music lives in our region."
The MSO is a region-wide orchestra serving the Yosemite area, with musicians including retired and current rangers and other NPS staff as well as employees of Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yosemite. Musicians are drawn from a wide regional area with some coming from as far away as Turlock and Coarsegold and even Fresno.
Tickets for the Oct. 20Concert are available at the Mariposa County Arts Council's new offices, 5009 Highway 140 in Mariposa (top floor of Chocolate Soup) at the southern edge of the town of Mariposa, adjacent to the Mariposa Art Park. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets/information is available from the Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc, (209) 966-3155. Tickets are also available at the Mariposa County Visitors Center, (209) 966-7081. Details: www.arts-mariposa.org/symphony.html