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MJC Community Orchestra: “From Verdi to Vader”


Date : December 5, 2017 -
Time : 7:00pm
Location : MJC, East Campus
Address : 435 College Ave.
Modesto, CA 95350
Description : The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra, directed by Professor Anne Martin, presents “From Verdi to Vader” – a winter concert on Tuesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto.

Tickets will be available at the door for $5 general admission and $1 for students of all ages and seniors. There will be no permit required for campus parking around the Auditorium for the evening.

The concert opens with a Rossini Overture, La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie). Also included on the program are Verdi’s Triumphal March from Aida and the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore. Members of the MJC Concert Choir and the Townsend Opera Chorus will join the orchestra for an energetic rendition of the Anvil Chorus.

The concert features Duana Demus-Leslie as the soloist in Verdi’s famous aria Ritorna Vincitor from the opera Aida. Demus-Leslie received her Doctor of Musical Arts from University of California, Los Angeles and has been teaching at MJC since fall 2008. She performed with many international opera stars, including Placido Domingo and Ruth Ann Swenson.

The evening program concludes with two Epic Suites from Star Wars. The arrangement by Robert Smith includes music from six movies. Making a guest appearance at the concert are Darth Vader and Storm Troopers from the Central California Garrison, a division of the 501st Legion. Photo opportunities are available in the lobby before and after the concert, and during intermission.

The MJC Community Orchestra membership includes college students, high school students, teachers, local professional musicians, business owners, a lawyer, a dentist, an anesthesiologist, a farm manager, an engineer, and a pilot!
Contact : Professor Anne Martin
Phone : (209) 575-6646
Email :
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