Join orchestra for classic concert Sunday

March 10, 2017 GMT

Prepare to take a journey through time with the Sandhills Symphony Orchestra.

This Sunday, conductor Carmen Allen and the volunteer musicians of the orchestra will perform “Classic Favorites.” The free concert begins at 3 p.m. in North Platte High School’s performing arts center.

The focus on classical works comes after the orchestra’s recent themes have been more modern.

“Orchestras mostly do classics, but we haven’t been,” Allen said. “Some of these pieces were suggested by members who submitted their favorite classic songs.”

The chosen pieces will be played in chronological order, Allen said, starting with the 1717 Double Violin Concerto in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. This performance will feature soloists Kay Toillion and Kristin Simpson accompanied by the rest of the orchestra.

Other pieces span the 1700s and 1800s, ending with selections from Antonin Dvorak’s “American Suite.” Dvorak did not get to see his music performed, Allen said, because it wasn’t published until 1910, seven years after his death.


Before and after the intermission, two SSO scholarship recipients will perform. As part of the scholarship application process, high school seniors chosen by the orchestra board must perform with the orchestra. On Sunday, violinists Megan Johnson and Alyssa Waits will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6 and Vittorio Monti’s “Czardas,” respectively.

After the concert, attendees are invited to join orchestra members for a social time. Coffee and cookies will be served.