Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra springs into summer

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  • Courtesy photo The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra.

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    Novinger

  • Courtesy photo The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra.

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    Novinger

Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m., The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra takes the stage at The Pearl Theater for their 2017 Spring concert, Spring Into Summer, conducted by Glenda Novinger. The orchestra dedicates their performance to the memory of Lillie Albertson, whose tireless commitment and love for music inspired all who knew her.

The orchestra consists of fifteen musicians, playing music from an eclectic array of composers and arrangers. Audiences may expect to hear traditional compositions from Mozart, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, but also Irish folk pieces and twentieth century arrangements from Harold Arlen (from The Wizard of Oz), Henry Mancini, and John Williams (from Schindler’s List).

Performers include the following string musicians: Janet Peterson, Robert Dudley, Ann Kish, and Vivian Hazelton on violin; Patty Burlingame on viola; and Carl Dahlberg and Loi Eberle on cello. Woodwinds feature Carla Fisher on clarinet, Kathy Powers on bass clarinet, Claudia Moots on oboe, Sharon Davis on saxophone, and JoAnn Armstrong on flute. The brass section consists of trumpet players, Lee Jackson and Edwina Smith, with Robert Saboe on trombone.

Glenda Novinger recently took the helm as conductor. She graduated with honors from East Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education. In February of 2016, Glenda published her first book, and she currently explores several additional writing projects, like a book entitled, How Music Training Prepares You for Real Life. The arts community enthusiastically supports her plans to revive a community children’s choir this summer. As the owner/operator of Novinger Music Center and forty years of teaching experience, she’s already developing a solid reputation for professionalism and expertise. Glenda attributes her servant leadership approach to teaching and her zest for life to her mother, who

“. . . taught me to cultivate my gifts by studying, practicing, performing, and teaching others to do what I could do.”

The Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra would like to thank the Boundary County Middle School for the use of their rehearsal facilities and The Pearl Theater for hosting their performance. They invite musicians to join them when they resume rehearsals in September, and they encourage audience members to support their ongoing performances with donations at the door. Making music increases joy and enriches life.

The Pearl Theater is a non-profit organization, dedicated to fostering the performing arts throughout Boundary County, located at 7160 Ash Street in Bonners Ferry, just south of the Casino. Turn East off of Highway 95 and look for the steeple. For more information or for membership, please call (208)610-2846 or email: info@thepearltheater.org

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