Choir, orchestra ready for the next concerts

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The Pend Oreille Choir and Orchestra continue their 28th year of presenting free concerts of lively classical music, led by volunteer musicians who love what they do.

The December Christmas programs will be on Friday December 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday December 12 at 2:00 p.m., both at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Lincoln Street in Sandpoint.

There will be a welcome pre-program with a piano trio composed by Felix Mendelssohn at age 11. The members of the trio are Caren Reiner, piano; Janet Peterson, violin; and Marcy Hogan, viola. The first part of the concert will be the chorale, singing hymns from various countries. Then the audience will participate in a song with three favorite Christmas carols accompanied by the Selkirk Brass and the chorale.

After the intermission, flautist Cindy Horton will play two movements of “La Flûte de Pan” by Jules Mouquet, Pan of the Birds and Pan of the Shepherds. “We enjoyed working on this with Cindy,” said director Mark Reiner. “Listeners can hear Pan playing with the singing birds as well as the shepherds having fun. Cindy is doing a good job. Then, the “Waltz of the Flowers” of Tschaikowsky’s Suite The Nutcracker, which, during its first performance in 1893 with the ballet, was received lukewarm. Now, it is a beloved tradition at Christmas time. The public will then be treated to the famous ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ by Johann Sebastian Bach with chorale and orchestra.

The work presented at the concert is Vivaldi’s “Gloria” for orchestra, choir and soloists, which are illustrated. This is often played at holiday time and is a perennial favorite. As a Baroque composer in the mid-1700s, Vivaldi’s music is loaded, very rhythmic, leading to a great climax or a soft but intense ending. “We all really enjoyed working on this, to uplift your Christmas cheer,” Reiner said. The text is liturgical, sung in Latin, and speaks to the glory of God in 12 movements, the orchestra accompanying the choir or the soloists.

Leaders of the Pend Oreille choir and orchestra said they wanted to thank the Gardenia Center, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and communities in northern Idaho for supporting the choir and orchestra by providing the musicians and helping their own way.

“This continued support has kept our classical music mission accessible to everyone as we now close our 28th year of free concerts,” said Reiner.

The community is reminded to mark the dates – Friday December 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday December 12 at 2:00 p.m. – both at St. Joseph Catholic Church in their calendars.

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