ORCHESTRA TUNES UP FOR BEETHOVEN

November 22, 2000 12:00 am
The Curry-Del Norte Orchestra runs through a rehearsal in Smith River in preparation for its coming concert, which includes a reading of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. (The Daily Triplicate/Stephen Corley.).
The Curry-Del Norte Orchestra runs through a rehearsal in Smith River in preparation for its coming concert, which includes a reading of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. (The Daily Triplicate/Stephen Corley.).

By Holly O. Austin

For the Triplicate

The Curry-Del Norte Orchestra will showcase Beethoven's fifth symphony as a part of this season's winter concerts, to be held Dec. 1 and 2.

Sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College, and with assistance from the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra Guild, this is the only orchestra in our area.

The 42-member group is comprised of musicians from Gold Beach, Brookings and Crescent City, and plays the works of the master composers for the public twice a year. Personnel come from diverse backgrounds, and include students, semi-professional and retired professional players from universities, and even one member of a national jazz group.

Beethoven's "Fifth," as it is affectionately called, is one of his most dramatic and well-known works. It is so famous that children can be heard singing the opening notes, and television ads for cars often utilize the theme.

The program also includes several Christmas selections played by The Banana Belt Quintet, composed of Archie LeCoque, David Soiseth, John Mathison, Joe Eckert and Mike Shepard. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" will complete the program, with vocalists Sue Gold, Charlotte Heatherly, Wilmer Hechanova and Robert Phang.

The conductor and musical director for this season's "Symphony By the Sea" is Gene Petrik.

The Brookings performance will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Calvary Assembly of God Church across from Azalea Middle School.

The Crescent City performance will be on tap at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, on the corner of Coolidge and Douglas streets.

Admission is $5 for adults, and children in kindergarten through high school are free. Advance tickets are available at Mory's in Brookings and Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City.