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Symphony of Rutherford County winter concert Jan. 24

The Symphony of Rutherford County, under the direction of Wilbert K. Kimple, will present its 22nd annual winter concert on Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m. at the Foundation Performing Arts Center on the campus of Isothermal Community College. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will include a mix of both popular and classical music. Some of the selections are Morten Goulds American Salute, Richard Haymans Pops Hoe-Down, Tschaikovskys FinaleSymphony No. 2 in C, the overture to Jacques Offenbachs La Belle Helene, Handels Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Hans Zimmers Music from Gladiator. As Conductor Kimple says, well play something for everyone.

The symphonys upcoming performance is dedicated to the memory of former members, Ralph Clum and Kevin Sorensen, both of whom died in 2009.

After retiring as an elementary school principal, Clum moved to Rutherford County where he immediately immersed himself in the community. He was a member of the Fairfield Mountains Chapel Choir and the Thermal Belt Brass Quintet, as well as, the Symphony of Rutherford County.

He played trombone in the orchestra, and in many ways exemplified the mission of the orchestra, serving the community through music and music education, by mentoring a number of young trombonists. Sorensen, a native of Florida, played violin and did private violin instruction.

The Symphony of Rutherford County is an all volunteer, multigenerational community orchestra consisting of approximately 60 members. It is a tax-exempt organization that depends largely on funding from individuals (including members), foundations, and corporations. It is also supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

The symphony is an open-door organization that requires no auditions. It welcomes anyone who plays a symphonic instrument and who is willing to devote time for regular attendance at Saturday morning rehearsals. At this time, additional string players are especially needed.

For more information about the Symphony of Rutherford County, the upcoming concert, or about becoming a member, go to the WEB site, www.rcsymphony.org, or contact Nancy Womack at 828-288-0212.