The Reston Community Orchestra treated patrons to an afternoon of music from the great Baroque masters at the Reston Community Center on Sunday.
The Mostly Baroque performance was the third concert of the "Music From Within" series.
The concert began with Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, highlighting the brass section. Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in E minor followed, with Concertmaster Fred Rupert demonstrating equal measures of artistry and proficiency. The second half concluded with Walter Ross’s arrangement of Samuel Scheidt’s Canzona, a composition employing delightful interplay between the brass, woodwinds, and string sections.
Leaving the baton in Assistant Conductor Dave Tiller's capable hands, Maestro Dingwall Fleary took his place at the harpsichord, joining Mr. Rupert and Principal Flute Stephanie Fouse for Bach's Brandenburg Concerto Number 5. After jesting that Bach must have had extra fingers to have written such a complex keyboard part, Maestro Fleary showed the audience that he might have a few extras of his own.
The concert concluded with the "Not Mostly" portion of the "Mostly Baroque" program--Elgar's masterpiece for strings, Introduction and Allegro, with RCO's string principals playing the solo parts. It was a stirring end to a wonderful performance.
The Reston Community Orchestra will hold its Annual Benefit on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. The theme is “Caribbean Night,” and the evening will include music, dancing, food and a silent auction. Advance purchase tickets are $60 individual/$80 per couple or $70 individual/$90 couple at the door. Donations are tax deductible, all proceeds benefit the orchestra.
Reston Community Orchestra’s Annual Concert for Youth will be on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. Area youth soloists will join the Orchestra in a concert for all ages. The concert will be held at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. Admission is free.
For information regarding both events, please visit restoncommunityorchestra.org, or call 571-449-7095.