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KSC Chamber Orchestra Performs "Hooray for Hollywood"

KEENE, N.H., 3/8/07 - The Keene State College Chamber Orchestra will perform “Hooray for Hollywood!” on Sunday, April 1, at 3 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The 40-member orchestra, directed by KSC artist-in-residence Don Baldini, will perform a concert revolving around Hollywood and the movies. “This will be a very fun concert for families!” Baldini said.

Among the pieces being performed will be musical tributes to both John Williams and Henry Mancini, plus Aaron Copland’s John Henry and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The orchestra will also perform excerpts from Camille Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals, including “Royal March of the Lion,” “Kangaroos,” “The Cuckoo,” “Fossils,” and a finale in which all the animal themes come together.

The KSC Chamber Orchestra is composed primarily of KSC students and includes some community members. Baldini also conducts the KSC Jazz Ensemble, which will perform on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Redfern Arts Center.

Baldini came to Keene State after a professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He appeared for 13 years with the Tonight Show Orchestra and toured with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, and the Harry James and Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin bands.

He can be heard on the soundtracks of The Little Mermaid and St. Elsewhere and broadcasts at Disney World and the Epcot Center. He currently performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony, Opera North, the Keene Chamber Orchestra, and several local chamber music and jazz groups. With the Cincinnati Symphony, Baldini recently recorded the music of Nelson Riddle for a CD released on the Telarc label.

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