Mohave Community Orchestra opens its season Oct. 22

The Mohave Community Orchestra rehearses last year at the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman. This year’s first performance is scheduled Oct.22 at Kingman High School.

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The Mohave Community Orchestra rehearses last year at the Boys & Girls Club of Kingman. This year’s first performance is scheduled Oct.22 at Kingman High School.

KINGMAN – The Mohave Community Orchestra has scheduled its first concert of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Kingman High School’s Aguilar Auditorium, 4182 Bank St.

“We’ve always had pretty good attendance,” said Ronney Case, who plays bass clarinet. He’s been with the orchestra since 2001.

During the concert, the Mohave Community Orchestra will be joined by the Mohave Highlanders Pipes and Drums.

The first part of the concert will feature selections of Halloween favorites including Dukas’ “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Berlioz’ “March to the Scaffold” and Harry Potter.

Special guests the Mohave Highlanders will join the orchestra in the second half of the concert to perform favorites such as “Going Home” and “Amazing Grace.”

“This first performance will be interesting,” said Conductor Art Swanson, who is still adding to his distinguished career in music.

He played in the United States Navy Band for 26 years in Washington, D.C., taught music in Peach Springs for seven years, and toured all around the U.S. and Australia with the band In the Mood. Swanson also did two tours of China with the Montovani Orchestra.

Following the season opener, the orchestra will perform with the Mohave Community Choir on Dec. 3. “It’s been a tradition here in Kingman,” said Swanson.

In February the orchestra will entertain with a chamber performance, and the last event will be around the end of April, Swanson said.

The orchestra is a nonprofit organization made up of local professional and amateur musicians. Under the direction of Swanson and Tom Boone, they have entertained Kingman area residents with orchestral music for over 21 years.

To help with the orchestra’s operating expenses such as music and facility rental costs, suggested donations are $5 for adults and $10 for families. Students are free.

The orchestra also provides educational opportunities for young music students. For more information, call 928-753-3902.