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Excerpt from new concerto by local cellist to be featured at Nov. 23 symphony concert


LAKEPORT, Calif. – On Sunday, Nov. 23, Lake County cellist Clovice Lewis will join a list of Romantic era composers in a symphony concert, playing a movement from his just-composed concerto entitled “The Score.”

The November program is officially the “Fall Concert” of the Lake County Symphony and takes place at 3 p.m. at Lakeport’s Soper Reese Theatre, 275 S. Main St.

According to Lewis his piece is written in four movements, each commemorating a portion of an imaginary movie – hence the title – but although the movie may be imaginary, the music is anything but, as concert attendees will learn.

The movement to be played by the orchestra is the third – entitled “Love’s Embrace” – which will feature a cello solo, played by Lewis, who is a regular member of the cello section.

As is traditional the concert will open with the Symphony Youth Orchestra led by conductor Sue Condit. The group has recently been joined by several new members and has been rehearsing intensively for this concert.

Condit has selected two numbers featuring the modified works of a panoply of great composers.

The first is entitled “A Tribute to the Three B’s” arranged by Gerald Anderson and featuring themes from the works of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

The second is “A Night at the Symphony” arranged by Sandy Feldstein and featuring trumpet voluntary themes from two noted composers Brahms and Rossini.

Trumpet voluntary only incidentally refers to that instrument, but is actually a style of playing, in this case Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture – the familiar theme music from the “Lone Ranger” radio and television series.

John Parkinson, conductor and music director, has chosen a program made up primarily of composers from the Romantic period including Franz von Suppe a prolific composer who produced more than 30 operettas, one of which – the “banditenstreiche” – proved to be one of his most popular. First debuted in 1911 it was quickly translated into English in a more pronounceable form, “The Jolly Robbers Overture.”

The better-known “Merry Widow Waltz” is drawn from a popular piece written by Franz Lehar which he derived from a comedy entitled simply “The Merry Widow.” Lehar rewrote it as an opera, and Parkinson has selected its overture for the fall concert.

Although Gioachino Rossini is considered by some to be more of a neoclassicist than a Romantic, Parkinson has chosen his Tancredi Overture to help flesh out his program of Romantic composers along with Franz Joseph Haydn’s classical “Symphony No. 95 in C Minor.”

This piece is noted for the fact that it is not only beautiful music, but is also the only one of the composer’s famed Twelve London Symphonies to be written in a minor key.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended and can be made online at or by phone at 707-263-0577.

Tickets are $20 for symphony association members or $25 general admission.

As always there will be an open rehearsal at 11 a.m. at which youths under 18 will be admitted free, while others pay only $5.

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