Last season, Pacific Symphony asked "OC Can You Play With Us?" and got a resounding and positive response from community musicians across Orange County. This year, back by popular demand, the Symphony is offering four sessions over two nights for adult amateur musicians (ages 22 and older) to perform alongside the orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Carl St.Clair. Taking place tonight, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m., this year's event offers twice the number of spots-bringing the number of musicians to 200-for a unique opportunity to rehearse and perform selections from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" on the stage of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Although the program is considered full, the Symphony is pulling from a waiting list up until the event dates.
Friends, fans and interested observers are invited to attend this workshop-style event for free (seating is general admission: reserve tickets online). Find music tips and interact with the musicians on the OC Can You Play With Us? Facebook page. Watch a video and find out more on our website. For more information, contact Alicia Frye at (714) 876-2386 or email@example.com for more information.
"Last year, music enthusiasts from all over Orange County came to Pacific Symphony's home, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and sat right onstage next to our musicians. We made beautiful music, and we made a lot of new friends," says Maestro St.Clair.
"This was such a wonderful experience; the musicians and I had such a great time that we are extending this to two evenings this year."
Registration opened on Feb. 1, and participants were chosen on a first-come first-served basis with no audition required. They have now received their music in preparation for the performance of selections from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," including "Montagues and Capulets," "Minuet," "Balcony Scene" and "Tybalt's Death." Unique this year, participants may attend an optional rehearsal led by conductor Sharon Lavery and sectionals led by Symphony musicians Ian McKinnell (strings), Cindy Ellis (woodwinds) and David Stetson (brass) on April 14. The night of the performance, participants are invited to attend a private reception with the musicians. Also new this year, "OC Can You Play With Us?" has a Facebook page, where participants may ask questions, read music tips and interact with Symphony musicians. Find it at http://www.facebook.com/OCCanYouPlayWithUs?
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