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Travel ‘Around the World’ with ASO Sunday at AHS

Jim VanEizenga, director of orchestras for Novi Public Schools, will conduct the Alpena Symphony Orchestra Sunday.

Celebrate the arrival of spring by attending the Alpena Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert titled “Music from Around the World,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Alpena High School auditorium.

Jim VanEizenga, director of orchestras for Novi Public Schools, will conduct the orchestra as they present this varied program.

The orchestra is happy to welcome Aaron Hotelling as the featured soloist, playing “Concertino in F Major for Bass Trombone and Orchestra” by Ernst Sachse. Hotelling received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and bass trombone performance from Central Michigan University and now teaches band to seventh through twelfth graders in Gaylord.

Don’t be surprised to find Hotelling performing with various bands and theater groups in Gaylord, and in the Northern Michigan Brass Band, Up North Big Band, the orchestras of Gaylord and Alpena and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

These selections on the program portray the sounds and styles of music from many lands: “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius; “Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copeland; “Concertino” by Ernest Sachse; “In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Alexander Borodin; “World Music” by David Maslanka and “Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 and 6” by Johannes Brahms.

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults, with students and children admitted free. They may be purchased at Neiman’s Family Market prior to the concert and at the door at the time of the performance.

A reception will follow the concert in the high school lobby.

The ASO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.