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Spotlight: Symphony orchestra will Swing with the Strings

August 21, 2014

By Josh Kendrix, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.

Aug. 21--This weekend, Yuba-Sutter residents will have a chance to hear or even dance to swing music as the Veridian Symphony Orchestra holds a fundraiser for its upcoming season.

Swing with the Strings is Sunday and acts as a season ticket release party. The Veridian Symphony Orchestra's season begins in September.

But how does swing music fit with a string quartet?

"This is just about having some lighter music for the party," said Rebekah Hood, a founding member of the orchestra and board member. "We really enjoy hearing the elements of dance and song with live music. That's originally waht the intent of most live music was, which is to celebrate or to process a live event."

And because swing music is nothing without swing dancing, the event will feature swing dancers who will not only perform for guests but teach them a few moves.

The event will also feature jazz, ragtime and oldies music performed, as well as beer tasting by Ben Pedley of Bald Mountain Brewery, a wine bar and a raffle with prizes from local businesses.

The Veridian Symphony Orchestra began four years ago and features local professional musicians.

The orchestra's upcoming season begins on Sept. 6 and 7 with concerts at the First Lutheran Church in Yuba City. These concerts will feature chamber music for harp, flute and strings.

Other highlights of the season include showcasing the winners of the Second annual Nurturing Musical Excellence competition on Nov. 15 and 16; classical string quartets featuring music inspired by the competition and a composition by local composer Jim Haydon on Jan. 10 and 11; a piano trio performing the chamber music of the northern hemisphere on March 7 and 8; and trumpet soloist Michael Meeks performing with a string quartet on May 2 and 3.

"This is a celebration," Hood said, "and a good introduction to the symphony."


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