Orchestra to present ‘Coming Home’

Orchestra to present ‘Coming Home’Members of the Desert Community Orchestra in a previous concert — News Review file photo

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The Desert Community Orchestra will present its annual winter concert, titled “Coming Home,” on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The program will include selections from “Symphony in E Minor, the New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak and “Eine Steppenskizze” (In the Steppes of Central Asia)” by Alexander Borodin.

Dvorak composed his symphony in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. The symphony is by far his most popular. Astronaut Neil Armstrong took a tape recording of the New World Symphony along during the Apollo 11 mission, and the first Moon landing, in 1969. Dvorak wrote that Native American music and Negro spirituals influenced his symphony.

“In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Borodin was composed in 1880. The work has grown to be a concert favorite ever since its first performance on April 20, 1880. It premiered in St. Petersburg with the orchestra of the Russian Opera under the baton of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Conductor Robert Martinez will lead these two exciting pieces in a church acoustically set for classical music. “He brings to the podium a joy and energy that filters though the orchestra and listeners and makes for a magical musical night,” said a spokesperson.

“I am particularly fond of this concert because of its wide musical breath from the serene pastoral settings of this tone poem ‘In The Steppes of Central Asia,’ to the lavish orchestrated impressions of ‘New World Symphony’ No. 9.’

The latter is filled with intriguing rhythms and melodies that seem to touch the heart and excite the soul, he said. “It is from the second movement that I named this concert by its popular and romantic subtitle. This concert is certainly one for the whole family. Hope to see you all there.”

Admission is $11, with a discounted rate of $9 for seniors and $5 for students and military. Children younger than 7 and uniformed military will be admitted free.

Story First Published: 2019-02-22