Local talents in the spotlight at Modesto Symphony concert

Posted on: April 11, 2018

“While they’ll also take a musical journey to Spain, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s next program is a particularly local affair,” writes Pat Clark in Tuesday’s (4/10) Modesto Bee (California). “ ‘Nights in the Gardens of Spain’ features international pianist Gabriela Martinez, led by symphony Music Director David Lockington. But voices and compositions from Modesto artists also highlight the program Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, at the Gallo Center for the Arts. The Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus premieres ‘We Are the Innocent’ by local composer Dr. Daniel R. Afonso Jr., and the Modesto Symphony Chorus performs ‘Amor’ by local composer Deborah Kavasch. In addition, the Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus and other community youths—a group of 100 voices—join to sing Sean Ivory’s ‘I Will Rise’ along with soloist Joe Wiggett and Sandra Bengochea, both faculty members in the music department at California State University, Stanislaus. ‘This concert is a celebration of the incredible artistic talent we have right here in this area …’ MSO CEO Caroline Nickel said in a press release. ‘… And we are delighted to bring all these musical talents together in one concert for our community to celebrate and enjoy.’ ”

Posted April 11, 2018

Pictured: Music Director David Lockington conducts the Modesto Symphony Orchestra