New River Orchestra: Summer Serenade 2014


New River Orchestra: Summer Serenade 2014
Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014 ~ 4:00 PM

Walt Lawrence & Stephen Lewis Center for Worship & the Arts

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New River Orchestra presents Summer Serenade 2014

The Program: Bach, ed. by Clark McAlister (Concerto for Oboe and Strings in G minor, featuring Janice Gillies, Oboe); Vivaldi (”Autumn” from the Four Seasons); Mahler, ed. by Clark McAlister (Entr’acte); Rimsky-Korsakov, ed. by Clark McAlister for Strings (Song of India); de Falla (Ritual Fire Dance, from El Amor Brujo); Faure (Masques et Bergamasques Suite, Op 112); Foster/Sager (“The Prayer” with vocalists Sara McMillan Burns & Kurt Litzenberger; and, Melissa & Daniel Gerdes-at SEAS); Fuchs (Remember When: World Premiere of Original Composition); and, Saint-Saens (“Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” featuring 13 year old violin virtuoso Matthew Hakkarainen: 1st place winner at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs; Final round of 7 in National MTNA Competition, 2014; Final round of 7 in International Louis Spohr Violin Competition in Germany, November 2013); LeGrand (You Must Believe in Spring)

Conductors: Dr. Clark McAlister and Maestro Peter Fuchs


The orchestra’s professional conductors are: Dr. Clark McAlister, Dr. Chris Ciccone, Maestro Peter Fuchs, and, Maestro Linc Lackey.

Dr. Clark McAlister is Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Edwin F. Kalmus and Company, Inc, and, Masters Music Publications, as well as Artistic Director of Klavier Records. He has been Assistant Conductor and Music Administrator of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida (later known as the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra), Music Director and Conductor of Palm Beach Community College, and, Instructor-in-Residence at the University of Montana at Missoula. He currently is the conductor of the Century Village East-Deerfield Beach Symphony Orchestra, Inc., and, co-conductor of the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra. He received his Doctor of Music Arts degree from the University of Miami, Frost School of music.

Maestro Peter Fuchs has been Musical Director-Conductor for over 70 Broadway musicals and has conducted throughout the United States and Europe. He has worked with Robert Goulet, Van Johnson, Shari Lewis, Nancy Walker, Alan Alda, Theodore Bikel, and Dorothy Dandridge, to name a few. Peter was the conductor of the South Florida Youth Orchestra, the Miami Ballet, and, the Miami Symphonic Society Orchestra. He has composed and arranged music for ballets, motion pictures such as Columbia Pictures, and other venues. Peter will conduct the New River Orchestra this summer with his composition, “Reflections”.


The New River Orchestra, Inc., was begun by Beverly Daw and Frank Molano and is now celebrating its 8th year anniversary. It is a collaboration of a group of musicians, professional and advanced amateurs, and now becoming intergenerational, for the continued study and performance of classical music. The musicians donate their time for these fund raising concerts.

As Ludwig van Beethoven said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”. To this end, the New River Orchestra, Inc. began collaboratively with a group of musicians, committed to being a source of pride and joy for its audience.

The orchestra’s vision is to be a successful elite local orchestra, governed by its musician members. Of primary importance to its members, is to provide quality live orchestral performances by local musicians: professional, advanced amateurs, and young musicians, and, to enhance the audience’s appreciation of music by expanding the variety of the classical concert experience.

A not-for-profit organization may submit a written request for the New River Orchestra (NRO) to perform a fund raising summer concert for its organization. The request should minimally include the mission of the organization, and, their available space should be of appropriate size to accommodate up to 50 musicians and the audience. Proceeds from a concert are shared 50-50 with the organization.

The NRO’s portion of the proceeds is used for its music, marketing, and an honorarium for its conductors. The musicians generously donate their time for these concerts.

[Bill Bryan, NRO]


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