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Thursday, May 01 2014 09:59 AM

Molly Sponsler to perform with Tehachapi Strings Orchestra

Violinist Molly Sponsler will perform Monti's Czardas with the Tehachapi Strings Orchestra, under the direction of Gayel Pitchford, on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at St. Jude's Anglican Church, located on Curry Street.

Sponsler, who is 16, attends the California Virtual Academy and plays with the Tehachapi Symphony. For two years she served as concertmaster of the Tehachapi Strings Orchestra and is planning a career as a music teacher. Molly is also a champion old-time fiddler, with many medals and trophies to attest to her prowess. She recently won the Grand Championship at the 2014 Amateur Fiddle Contest sponsored by District 3 of the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association.

The Strings Orchestra will also perform Tales from the Vienna Woods and Emperor's Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr., and Austrian Hymn from Franz Joseph Haydn's Emperor's Quartet. The Strings Orchestra is the Tehachapi Symphony's intermediate-level teaching orchestra; many of its graduates have gone on to play in the Symphony and a number of them have received music scholarships for college.

The newly-formed Junior Orchestra will also make their debut, performing March Royal by Elliot del Borgo and Dragon Hunter by Richard Meyer.

In addition, the following students will perform in recital: Violinists Joe Wallek, Matthew Rails, Mallori Spears, Annette Scherr, Annika Booker; and BJ Zheng; Violist Ben Walsh; Cellists Piper Meisler and Rebecca Carol; and the newly-formed Violin/Cello Duo of

Emma Schaefer and Molly Sponsler.

There will be a reception following the concert, so the audience can meet and socialize with the players. This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family and expose the children to the wonders of playing a musical instrument. This performance is presented free to the public.For more information, call Gayel Pitchford at 823-8249.


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