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Beaver Dam Area Orchestra performs tonight

December 16, 2018

Those looking to enjoy the sounds of the season needn’t go out of town today. Beaver Dam Area Orchestra, now in its 64th season, will delight audiences with two holiday concerts this evening.

A 35-minute performance geared toward families with small children begins at 5:30 p.m. The Heffron family will once again provide gifts for children of all ages in the audience. A full-length performance with music from the earlier show and additional pieces starts at 7:30 p.m.

Both concerts will take place in the Beaver Dam High School auditorium, 500 Gould St. They are free and open to the public, although donations are gladly accepted.

Music director Rich Zeman, who has been at the helm of BDAO for 28 years, said 65 musicians will display their talents throughout the evening.

“It’s our most popular concerts so I suggest people arrive early,” he said. “Audiences will recognize many familiar tunes in a medley of Christmas at the movies, and we always end with ‘Silent Night.’”

He said a favorite of the instrumentalists, Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music,” is sure to please both young and old alike.

A chamber group will play “Christmas Concertante” featuring Tom Irwin of Beaver Dam on horn. Soprano soloist Pam Priewe will take her turn in the spotlight during “Gesu Bambino” by Pietro Yon.

Zeman said the orchestra played “Minor Alterations” by David Lovrien last year and received the most feedback on that piece than anything else they had ever done.

“It’s a cleverly written piece with traditional holiday melodies transposed into minor keys,” he said. “We’ll be playing its sequel, ‘Minor Alterations 2’ this time around.”

For more information, go to bdorchestra.com.

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