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David Newby conducts Dvorak’s 9th symphony at the opening of last year's season.

The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby, will perform its first concert of the season on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Country Oaks Baptist Church beginning at 3:30 p.m. Country Oaks Baptist Church is located at 20915 Schout Road.

After consulting Kern Public Health, the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has decided that our Sept. 13 concert will be performed outdoors rather than indoors. This change puts us in compliance with COVID-19 rules for public gatherings.

The concert will be held behind Country Oaks Baptist Church, beneath the canopies they put in place for their church services. The orchestra and audience will all sit beneath the canopies.

As planned, musicians who play the 4 p.m. concert will wear masks and sit in a distanced configuration.

Brass and winds will play their 3:30 p.m. prelude in the same location as the orchestra, beneath the canopies and will be distanced from the audience.

Woodwind members include Lisa McKim on flute, Wayne Thompson on oboe, Jim Peck on clarinet, Kathy Ruiz on bassoon, and Andrea Allen on horn. The woodwind music will consist of Paul Dukes, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Hands Across the Sea arranged by Bryan Doughty.

The Brass Quintet members are Eric Dodson on 1st trumpet, Paul Hirst on 2nd trumpet, Andrea Allen on French Horn, Dane Allen on trombone, and Paul Grana on tuba. The brass music includes Handel’s Allegro Maestoso from “Water Music”, J.S. Bach’ Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, What a Wonderful World arranged by Mark Thome, and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

“Thanks to all of you who investigated and discussed with me the changing rules of COVID 2020. In this stressful time, I hope this change helps put minds at ease so we can enjoy the performance that we've all worked so hard to prepare,” Newby said.

The audience will be limited in size, and also masked, and distanced.

All Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra concerts are free to the community. For more information, see tehachapiorchestra.com or call 821-7511.

Karen Budai is the director of publicity for the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra.

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