The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Spring Concerts are this Weekend — Two Performances, Two Guest Musicians, Students Admitted Free

Here’ an interesting little tidbit that you may not know, Mariposa is the smallest town in the United States with its own symphony orchestra. And if you haven’t had the opportunity to see the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra (MSO), you have two chances to do so this weekend!

MSO will present its Spring Concerts at both the Mariposa County High School’s Fiester Auditorium (Apring 27th at 7:00 pm) and in Yosemite at the Ahwahnee (April 28th at 2:00 pm).  And, we are excited to announce that all students will be admitted free of charge due to a generous donation by MSO patron Domenic Torchia.

Joining the MSO for these concerts are two very accomplished guest musicians, Ann Miller and Ira Lehn. Violinist Ann Miller has appeared in concert in North America, Europe, and Asia and made her New York debut as a soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall in the North American premiere of David Matthews’ Concerto No. 2.  Ms. Miller recently performed in Switzerland under the direction of venerable composer/conductor Pierre Boulez during an exchange program between the Juilliard School and the Lucerne Festival Academy. Ms. Miller joined the faculty of the University of the Pacific in September of 2008 as an assistant professor of music and holds a M.M. and D.M.A. from the Juilliard School. She received her B.M., summa cum laude, from Rice University.

Cellist Ira Lehn’s degrees include both a Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman (Rochester) School of Music, one America’s pre-eminent music institutions.  Mr. Lehn has served as assistant principal cellist of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, principal cellist in the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Philharmonic, as well as in California with the Ventura, Santa Barbara, Modesto and Stockton Symphony Orchestras and as cellist in the Alard and Sierra String Quartets.  As soloist, he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Eugene Ormandy – and in the Yosemite region, with the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra conducted by Les Marsden. For several years, Mr. Lehn was the Dean of the UOP Conservatory and prior to his time at UOP he was the cello professor of the music faculty at UC Santa Barbara.  MSO audiences will recall Ira Lehn’s memorably moving account of Antonin Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the MSO in Mariposa and Yosemite on April 9 and 10, 2011.

The MSO’s Spring Concerts featuring Miller and Lehn will be performed on Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 in the Fiester Auditorium of Mariposa County High School.  The orchestra will also perform Giuseppe Verdi’s overture to “La Forza del Destino” and Sir Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”  Tickets for that concert only are $6 for adults.  Students will be admitted free of charge due to a generous donation by MSO patron Domenic Torchia.  Adult tickets may be purchased from the Mariposa County Arts Council (209) 966-3155 and are also available at the Mariposa County Visitors Center (across from Miners Roadhouse.)  Call for hours (209) 966-7081.   The concert will be repeated on Sunday, April 28 as a 2:00 matinee in the Ahwahnee in a free of charge, first-come basis.   All past MSO concerts in the Ahwahnee have been filled to capacity and are presented in partnership with the generous cooperation of the National Park Service, Yosemite National Park and Superintendent Don Neubacher, Delaware North Resorts at Yosemite and the Ahwahnee Hotel.

MSO Spring Concert 2013 Flier