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Modesto Junior College hosts High School Orchestra Day

Modesto Junior College hosts High School Orchestra Day

Nine Stanislaus County high schools will perform in Modesto Junior College’s High School Orchestra Day on Thursday, November 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus. The event is free and open to the public. MJC Community Orchestra conductor and string professor, Anne Martin, will host the event.

The high school orchestra students will perform works by a variety of composers including Clarke, Mendelssohn, Newbold, O’Fallon, Spata, Susato, and Vivaldi. Beyer High School will present The Evil Eye and The Hideous Heart by Alan Lee Silva, based on “The Telltale Heart” by Edgar Alan Poe. MJC music majors Sydney Cripe, Anthony Houth and Manuel Manriquez will join the Teacher’s Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite.

Participating high schools include Beyer, directed by Marcos Rivera; Downey, directed by Joanne Neuffer; Davis, directed by Mark Davila; Turlock, led by Joe Tovar; Pitman, led by Don Grishaw; Enochs directed by Phil Vallejo; Modesto, directed by Matt Cover; Gregori , led by Dan Bryan, and Johansen led by Brad Hart. Each high school will perform a 10 minute selection of orchestra repertoire.

The event will end with a famous Irish tune, the Kesh Jig, performed by over 200 high school string musicians. The community is invited to come enjoy this celebration of string playing in Stanislaus County!

For more information contact Professor Anne Martin at (209) 575-6646, or>.

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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.