The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby will perform today.

Due to County Covid-19 restrictions, the concert cannot be attended in person. Instead, it will live-stream on Facebook at 7 p.m., so viewers can see it from the comfort of their own home.

The orchestra will perform five concerti and selections from “Handel’s Messiah.” The Tehachapi Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Angela Rodriguez, will join the orchestra for the Messiah choruses. 

Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor” is in three movements with the third movement performed by Jason Chen. After the finale opens in quiet suspense, the violin introduces the main theme — a lively Gypsy-style melody played in double stops.

The first movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” will be performed by Celine Chen, who has won numerous accolades and performed at Carnegie Hall in the winter of 2017. She began playing piano at the age of 4 and is studying with teacher Nobuyo Nishizaka. In addition to her passion for piano, Chen is also the principal flutist in her school, a member of CSUN Philharmonic Orchestra and the California All State Honor Band. 

The piano concerto begins with a soft tolling in the piano, growing in intensity. The strings and clarinet produce the first theme with collaborating piano embellishment. Then the soloist takes the spotlight to introduce a yearning second theme. Both ideas are developed in lyrical fashion before a dramatic burst of energy brings the movement to a close.

Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor” will be performed by Lydia Lifquist. 

James Allison will perform the “Horn Concerto No. 1” in E-flat Major by Richard Strauss.  

Allison is an aspiring young hornist from Southern California that studies with some of the best performers in the world. 

The first movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6” will be performed by Sandy Acevedo who is a violin student at Antelope Valley College. She has been studying music for eleven years and currently teaches violin and piano.

In Messiah, George Frideric Handel offers a mediation on the idea of a Messiah; the text derived from the Old Testament, as well as from the Psalms, with later parts dealing with Christ’s birth, sufferings, death and resurrection. “Sinfony,” “Glory to God,” “And the Glory of the Lord,” “For unto us a Child is Born” and “Hallelujah” will be performed. 

Although all Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra concerts are free to the community, donations are still welcome. For more information, see or call 821-7511.


Steps to find the Livestream:

If you have facebook, once there, search for Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra.

If you do not have a Facebook account, log on to your computer and search the Internet for the Tehachapi Symphony. You will find Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra — Home with a address. Choose this and if you do not want to create an account, click Not Now. Click on Livestream Video. 

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