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Nov12

VCS Radio Elementary Explorer Ensembles LIVE

Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, Ca.

There's nothing like the fresh excitement of music performed by beginner 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! from Elver Fitchhorn's classic song flutes to woodwinds, brass and percussion in performance that'll take you back to your days in beginning band!!

Tickets to this performance includes free admission to the VCS Radio Symphony's concert at 7:30 pm!

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Nov12

VCS Radio Symphony LIVE

Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, Ca.

Modest Mussorgsky -- Pictures at an Exhibition

Originally penned as a tribute to his dear friend, artist, architect and designer, Viktor Hartmann, Mussorgsky’s work has transcended time and place with its

memorable Promenade sequence. Instantly recognizable, this refrain links musical passages as an admirer makes his way through an exhibition of pictures

produced by his friend. Each picture is treated lovingly by the composer and will inspire amazing images in the mind of the audience.

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Feb11

VCS Radio Elementary Explorer Ensembles LIVE Blues Festival

Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, Ca.

Nothing says, "Blues" like elementary artists!! Join us as they explore their musical talent with influences from such jazz legends as John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Sun Ra!

Ticket also includes free admission to the 7:00 pm VCS Radio Symphony and Jazz Concert!

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Feb11

VCS Radio Symphony LIVE

Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, Ca.

Clifton Williams -- Symphonic Dances #3 – “Fiesta”

“Fiesta” is part 3 of a 5 part work by Clifton Williams, commissioned in 1964 by the San Antonio Symphony. The lively tones evoke a scene of celebration,

bright, flashing colors and a heroic bullfight to round things off. Williams began his career as a virtuoso French Hornist and his love of the brass instruments shines throughout his work.

Sammy Timberg -- The Superman Series – (1941) Mad Scientist Billion Dollar Limited

Sammy Timberg was best known for his work with Max and Dave Fleischer of Fleischer Studios, who produced classic cartoons like Betty Boop and Popeye. His work in the Superman series of films was truly iconic. However, much of the original scores from this masterful animation series has been lost to time. The VCS Radio Conservatory is honored to be given the long-term opportunity to fully restore and perform lost works LIVE with the film; two episodes per year.

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Mar12

VCS Radio Symphony and Jazz -- Superman LIVE at the Empress

Empress Theater, 330 Virginia St, Vallejo, California

VCS Radio Symphony and Jazz will present

Radio Jazz -- Pictures in Jazz -- score based on Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Max Fleisher's Superman -- The Mad Scientist and Billion Dollar Express

Thomas Edison's -- Land Beyond the Sunset

Tickets available soon!

May12

VCS Radio Symphony LIVE

Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, Ca.

Alexander Arutiunian -- Concerto for Trumpet

Arutunian, a composer of Armenian descent, was profoundly influenced by the folk music of his homeland but this is an entirely original piece meant to evoke the flavor of Armenia – without borrowing the meat of the dish. With a “flashy...gypsyish, Russian, Armenian kind of sound, with very soulful, beautiful melodies...”, the piece focuses on the trumpet and percussive instruments.

Featuring sophomore trumpeter, Kaden Connelley.

Ludwig van Beethoven -- Overture 3: Leonore Opus 72

Rounding out our performance season is a singular work by the Master, Ludwig van Beethoven. This year commemorates the 250th birthday of a beloved composer known throughout the world. This piece, however, is not so widely known. It comes from his one and only Opera, “Fidelio” which tells the story of passionate and triumphant marital love and the struggle for liberty and justice.

Thomas Edison's Land Beyond the Sunset (1914) –

A short film produced by Edison Studios This monumental and important 14 minute film tells the tragic story of Joe, a young and impoverished newsboy and his yearning for a better life. The students of the VCS Radio Symphony will be developing a piece to accompany this film and look forward to presenting this work at their final performance in May of 2020.

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