Community orchestra performing Sunday

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Richmond Community Orchestra encourages area residents to remember to move their clocks ahead an hour Sunday so they can attend a free concert on time.
The orchestra will play “Memory” by Andrew Lloyd Webber plus Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien,” “Slavonic Dance” by Dvorak, Grieg’s “Homage March,” Beethoven’s “King Stephan Overture,” “Overture and Hornpipe” from Handel’s “Water Music” and “Prelude from the Te Deum” by Charpentier.
The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in Goddard Auditorium in Earlham College’s Carpenter Hall, 801 National Road W., Richmond.
Donation jars will be available afterward if patrons would like to help the all-volunteer orchestra with its expenses.
In addition to several performances for area residents each year, RCO provides free group violin lessons and instruments to local children in collaboration with partner organizations that have included Amigos, Girls Inc., Townsend Community Center, Hagerstown’s Arts Place and Richmond Friends School.
Support comes from donations and grants sought by the orchestra, with sources including Wayne County Foundation’s Challenge Match, Women’s Giving Circle, Richmond Kiwanis Club Foundation and Whitewater Valley REMC.
RCO’s approximately 50 musicians range from high schoolers to retirees in Wayne, Preble, Darke and Union counties. Some have taught music and others have worked in careers including medicine, law, ministry, engineering and information technology. Jay Conard, a Preble County, Ohio, resident, leads the all-volunteer orchestra and chorus.
The idea for the orchestra developed in Fall 2008 when musicians playing for a Richmond Civic Theatre production wondered if they could get together more often to rehearse and perform a variety of music.
Since then, orchestra rehearsals have continued taking place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. most Mondays at Earlham College’s Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall, although in place of regular rehearsal March 9, the orchestra will perform highlights of the concert at Friends Fellowship Community for its residents.
The orchestra’s next concert will be May 3 at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center in Richmond.
For more information, visit the orchestra’s Facebook page or website rcoindiana.org