About 80 musicians in the Arapahoe Philharmonic are rehearsing weekly with maestro Vincent C. LaGuardia Jr. for their first concert, on Sept. 30, in …
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About 80 musicians in the Arapahoe Philharmonic are rehearsing
weekly with maestro Vincent C. LaGuardia Jr. for their first
concert, on Sept. 30, in a spacious new venue: the Mission Hills
Church at 620 Southpark Drive in Littleton.
The orchestra, which was founded in 1964, will greet friends at
an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 18. Tours of the facility will
be available, as will snacks and beverages.
LaGuardia will preview the concert season called “By Popular
Request,” which promises to fill the hall with best-loved
selections from many sources and many periods.
The first concert will be called “Italy and Germany: By Popular
Request” and include music by Respighi and Brahms. It will begin at
7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and feature Jim Todd, principal cello, in
Respighi’s “Adagio for Cello and Orchestra.”
The orchestra has performed a Respighi work every season since
Maestro LaGuardia joined the Arapahoe Philharmonic 18 years ago.
“Respighi has been a spiritual connection — as though I can se
though his eyes and hear through his ears,” LaGuardia said.
Witty Charley Samson, from KVOD, will return as Master of
A Classic Children’s Corner will open at 7:10 p.m. before the
concert and will teach children about clothing, transportation and
inventions in parallel time periods of Brahms and Respighi.
LaGuardia has conducted the orchestra since 1993, designing a
program each season that draws music lovers from the metro
Most of the orchestra members are volunteers, who play for the
love of music. In addition to adult concerts, the orchestra has an
outreach program, including children’s concerts school visits and
the T. Gordon Parks Memorial Collegiate Competition. (Parks was a
longtime conductor of the orchestra).
Season tickets and single tickets for the 2011-12 season are
available at www.arapahoe-phil.org or at 303-781-1892. Tickets: $10
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