Arcata’s All Seasons Orchestra presents two summer concerts

Local orchestra performs variety of works in two summer concerts

The All Seasons Orchestra performs Sunday evening in Arcata. (Heather Shelton — The Times-Standard)

The music of well-known composers Handel, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin filled the D Street Neighborhood Center in Arcata Sunday evening, along with the works of lesser-known composer Heikki Suolahti and local musician, choir director and vocalist Stephen Lewis.

The Sunday show marked the second of the All Seasons Orchestra’s two free summer 2019 concerts. The other performance took place July 20 at Trinidad Town Hall.

The program — conducted by Jeremy R. Cotton — included “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), “Overture to Rienzi” by Richard Wagner (1813-1883), “Sinfonia Piccola” by Heikki Suolahti (1920-1036), “Capriccio Italien” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin (1898-1937) and “Opus 4” by Humboldt County’s own Stephen Lewis.

The All Seasons Orchestra — a program of the city of Arcata’s Division of Parks and Recreation — was founded in 1988 by George and Ann Rodden. The orchestra is always looking for new players and especially needs folks who play strings, the harp and percussion. To join, people must be able to read music and understand the fundamentals of playing their instrument(s). Auditions are not required.

Rehearsals are held most Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at the D Street Neighborhood Center in Arcata. For more information, call Dick LaForge at 707-443-2626 or go to

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