Conductor/music director Phil Morgan-Ellis leads a Sequim Community Orchestra rehearsal on April 25 at the Sequim City Band’ expanded rehearsal hall at the James Center for Performing Arts. The orchestra closes its 11th season with a free concert and bake sale at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church. (Photo courtesy of Sequim Community Orchestra)

Conductor/music director Phil Morgan-Ellis leads a Sequim Community Orchestra rehearsal on April 25 at the Sequim City Band’ expanded rehearsal hall at the James Center for Performing Arts. The orchestra closes its 11th season with a free concert and bake sale at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church. (Photo courtesy of Sequim Community Orchestra)

Sequim orchestra offers season-ending concert, bake sale fundraiser

SEQUIM — Cooking up treats for the ears and eager stomachs, the Sequim Community Orchestra closes its 11th season by opening up for the public a concert and bake sale on Saturday.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim.

As with all of the orchestra’s concerts, admission is free and it is open to the public. Donations will be accepted. The concert is a fundraiser for the orchestra’s String Kids program.

It will include only two pieces, which is unique for the group. Often, the ensemble performs a movement or two from several different works, often arranged for youth symphony. The May concert, however, features one excerpt and one full symphony.

The orchestra will open with “Capriccio Italien” by Tchaikovsky. This piece was inspired by a trip the maestro took to Rome with his brother Modest, a respite from the composer’s disastrous marriage with Antonina Miliukova.

The piece begins with a bugle call Tchaikovsky heard daily from his room at the Hotel Costanzi, which was next door to a military barrack. Other themes within the work were inspired by music he heard on the street during Carnival. He later wrote the piece as a memory of the trip.

Haydn’s “Symphony 104,” the last in a series of 12 symphonies called the “London Symphonies,” is possibly the most familiar of the master’s works. The ensemble will perform the symphony in its entirety to end the concert.

Donations to support the youth string education program are gratefully accepted and help to maintain a selection of quality student instruments for loan, rental of classroom space, hiring teachers, and maintaining a robust music library.

SCO representatives said the group is a supporter of the Sequim City Band and is grateful to use the band’s new rehearsal space at the James Center for Performing Arts.

Learn more about the Sequim Community Orchestra or Youth Orchestra at sequimcommunity orchestra.org or email board president Justin Knobel at president@sequim communityorchestra.org.

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