Saline Sym­phony to hold kick­off for 6th sea­son

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

Saline Sym­phony

Orches­tra will hold the kick­off for its sixth sea­son from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at First United Methodist Church in Benton.

Orches­tra Con­duc­tor Tannner Oglesby said the event will be a chance for those who have al­ready been part of the sym­phony to update their in­for­ma­tion and those in­ter­ested or new to the sym­phony to learn more.

“If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the orches­tra, this is the ideal time to meet orches­tra mem­bers and staff,” the Face­book event de­tails said.

The kick­off is not a per­for­mance, though there will be some mu­si­cians play­ing dur­ing the event.

Oglesby said this year’s kick­off will also be where younger play­ers can learn about the new­est ad­di­tion to the sym­phony, youth ensem­bles for mu­si­cians age 5 to 18. The ensem­bles are meant to be the first step to­ward cre­at­ing a full youth orches­tra in a year or two.

The sym­phony plans to have so­los, duets and trios per­form dur­ing its con­certs.

Oglesby said the sym­phony has around 60 mem­bers each year. It has grown from a group of 20. He feels it al­lows the sym­phony to branch out and be more se­lec­tive.

“It is a com­mu­nity orches­tra,” he said. “It is made up of mem­bers from Saline County and not from Saline County. It is Saline County based.”

The Sym­phony puts on two con­certs a year, one win­ter and one in the spring. There are also smaller per­for­mances through the year. They of­ten per­form with choirs and dance stu­dios. The Sym­phony of­ten has soloists take part in its per­for­mances.

Oglesby said the orches­tra is open to any mu­si­cian in the area, but he does re­quire a min­i­mum stan­dard of abil­ity. He tries to keep the mu­sic they per­form easy enough that ev­ery­one can play but chal­leng­ing enough to keep it in­ter­est­ing.

Oglesby said the kick­off is not only for those who want to join the orches­tra, but also for sup­port­ers of the orches­tra and those who might be in­ter­ested in shows. It is meant to be a causal set­ting where peo­ple can meet the mem­bers.

There will be fin­ger foods

avail­able.

He highly encourages any­one wish­ing to join the orches­tra to at­tend the kick­off be­cause it will al­low the group to get go­ing in re­hearsals faster. The first re­hearsal is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at Bethel Mid­dle School.

The sym­phony will re­hearse eight times be­fore each per­for­mance plus dress re­hearsal. Oglesby said he ex­pects mem­bers to prac­tice out­side of re­hearsal so that time can be fo­cused on putting the mu­sic to­gether.

Dues for the sym­phony are $40 and cover mu­sic, lo­ca­tion fees, a T-shirt, lapel pin, car de­cal and more.

“It is good bang for your buck,” Oglesby said.

There are schol­ar­ships for stu­dents to cover the dues. The sym­phony can work with those who have a hard time pay­ing the fee.

The win­ter per­for­mance will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The lo­ca­tion will be an­nounced later.

Oglesby thinks it is im­por­tant for the county to have its own sym­phony. It not only gives mu­si­cians a chance to per­form, but pro­vides some­thing for fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity to en­joy. He added that it also ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity eco­nom­i­cally by peo­ple com­ing to Saline County to see the group and be­ing one more amenity avail­able.

He said the sup­port peo­ple pro­vide the orches­tra goes back into mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in the com­mu­nity.

Oglesby of­ten hears peo­ple say they didn’t know Saline County even had an orches­tra. He wants to see peo­ple at­tend the kick­off and learn more.

“We want the com­mu­nity there to sup­port us,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Saline Sym­phony Orches­tra, Oglesby said they can be reached at sali­ne­orches­[email protected] The web­site is www. sali­nesym­phony.org or peo­ple can fol­low them on Face­book for up­dates.

Spe­cial to the Saline Courier

The Saline Sym­phony Orches­tra is a Saline County based group. It will hold its kick­off for the new sea­son from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at First United Methodist Church in Benton.

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