The first concert of the year by the Cooloola Community Orchestra for their faithful and enthusiastic audience of the Bay community will be held at the Tin Can Bay Community Hall, on Sunday, March 24, 2pm.
The orchestra began rehearsing at the end of January with a brand new modernised repertoire. A medley of James Bond melodies will revive memories of thrilling films. The Wild West is represented by The Magnificent Seven, and for those who are right up with what’s happening, there is The Best of Bruno Mars, and Capriccio Espagnole for those more classically inclined.
The orchestra’s new conductor is Carmen Smith, locally born and bred. She came back to live and work in Gympie after years of teaching music in Gladstone, and brings plenty of experience and inspiring energy to the job.
The Gympie Strings, made up of the string section of the orchestra, have also put a new program together, with works by Grieg and Mozart, but mixing it up with the Pineapple Rag by Scott Joplin, and a tune by Metallica, to be up to date. Alex Pattri, a strong and experienced violinist, is leading the group from the desk.
There will be, as usual, solos and small groups performing, all members of the orchestra demonstrating their special skills and adding variety and spice to the concert.
Afternoon tea will be served at the interval, and the audience can look forward again to a very entertaining afternoon indeed.