EAC’s Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonic Classics

By Erin Larson

THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College’s Symphony Orchestra will present Symphonic Classics on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the EAC Activities Center – Lee Little Theater.

“This will be nice for true classical music lovers because the pieces are all so different,” said Franklin Alvarez, EAC orchestra director. “And it will be a nice concert for the new comers for the exact same reason.”

EAC’s Symphony Orchestra will be joined by special guest soloist, Spencer Ekenes, who recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance under the mentorship of Dr. Katherine McLin at Arizona State University. An avid pedagogue, Dr. Ekenes teaches an active studio of private students in Mesa and is a frequent masterclass clinician in university and public school settings throughout the United States. His doctoral research has included field studies and interviews conducted in Mexico City to write and complete the publication of the first edition of the complete works for violin and piano by the late Mexican violinist/composer, Samuel Máynez Prince. Dr. Ekenes’ revival of these works has led to the first performances and distribution of Prince’s pieces in the United States.

The Symphonic Classics program will include “Music for the Royal Fireworks – Overture” by George Friedric Handel. “Romance in F minor, Op. 11” by Antonin Dvorak, “William Tell Overture” by Gioacchino Rossini and “Symphony No. 8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’” by Franz Schubert.

Admission to Symphonic Classics is free. For more information contact Alvarez at (928) 428-8266.