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Orchestre plays once only

Sunday is your only chance to catch Orchestre Panache this year.

The string orchestra plays once a year at the last concert of the Twin Cities Concert Association season.

Ken Hardin, Orchestre Panache’s conductor and artistic director, said his professional musicians are just too busy to fit additional concerts into their calendars.

“We used to schedule two performances a season, but that was difficult. Some members play at Apollo, some play at Yuba College, some in their own ensembles, some with the Auburn Symphony,” Hardin said. “They’re playing in a lot of different things.”

On Sunday, Orchestre Panache will perform a variety of chamber music: Hubert Parry’s “An English Suite,” Mozart’s Divertimento in D, Tomaso Albinoni’s Concerto for Oboe and Strings, Alexander Borodin’s “Nocturne” from Quartet No. 2 and Gustav Holst’s “Seven Scottish Airs.”

“Albinoni’s composition is from the Baroque period, the time of Bach and Handel; and Mozart is the classical period right after the Baroque,” Hardin said.

“The other three pieces are more contemporary. Borodin is late Romantic, turn-of-the-last-century,” he continued. “Parry, who lived from 1848 to 1918, is a British composer whose music has a very British flair. Holst was from 1874 to 1934.”

Orchestre Panache includes Nancy Hill, Randi Soule, Loretta Ames, Judy Bromley, Ann Gaines, Liz Kannegaard, Robert Russell, Lois Merth and Sue Dings on violin.

David Thorpe, David Gortner and Sue Nepstead are featured on viola.

Other members are Horatio Edens, Martha Brown and Eric Rubenstein on cello; Paul Klempau on bass and Jane Boettger on oboe.

A preconcert forum open to all audience members will begin at 1:15 p.m.

A complimentary “Meet the Artists” reception follows at the church.

WHAT: Orchestre Panache in concert

WHEN: 2 p..m. Sunday.

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborn Hill Drive, Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $14 general, $12 senior, $5 college student, free for children ages 5-17. Tickets at Mountain Mail, Record Connection, Harmony Books and at the door.

INFORMATION: 470-9454.

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