A truly exciting experience awaits the audience of the first concert of the 2023-24 season. Returning to the podium after a year’s absence, Maestro Joseph Place has planned a program filled with the “Music of France” featuring an array of instrumental, vocal and choral works that is sure to delight and impress. The show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center, 1100 Ea. Sheldon St., Prescott.

First on the program will be the orchestra’s performance of the Overture to Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, which opens with a couple of brilliant solos by the clarinet and oboe, and concludes with the well-known “can-can” dance. The Paris Opera House is the setting for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which is the source of some of Webber’s most memorable songs. After intermission the orchestra returns with a performance of Le Cheval de Bronze (The Bronze Horse) Overture from the opera by Daniel Auber, which is a French telling of an ancient Japanese folk tale. Finally, the entire company combines to present songs from the musical version of Les Miserables, a news release stated.

Audiences should expect to hear outstanding performances from some of the area’s most talented soloists: Jordan Kliphon returns to her native Prescott from a successful five-year stint in the music scene in New York City; Philip Dixon returns from his regular engagement with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir in Denver; Chad Millar will be remembered by POPs audiences for last year’s performance in the orchestra’s presentation of An Afternoon with Lerner and Loewe; and Gina Steverson is pleased to reprise a portion of her role as Fantine in Les Miserables.

Admission fees are $25 to $40 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and younger). Tickets are available at the door or at www.ycpac.com.

Information provided by Prescott POPs Symphony.

Prescott Community Church to host free concert Sunday, Aug. 6

Prescott Community Church is offering a free one-hour concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, presented by world-class artists Jung-A Lee on piano and David Chang on clarinet. The program will include special arrangements of several familiar religious songs, as well as classical selections by Vivaldi, Stanitz, Mozart, Schubert and Saint-Saens.

Lee has performed in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa as an organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor. She currently serves as organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, in Newport Beach, California. Lee is on the faculty of Biola University, Concordia University, Vanguard University, and the Orange County School of the Arts. She also performs with the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony as organist/pianist/harpsichordist.

Chang currently plays with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and teaches at Azusa Pacific University, Vanguard University, Cal Baptist University and Saddleback College. He previously performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and National Symphony. He also toured Japan performing chamber music with principals of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chang began playing the clarinet in South Korea at age 8. At 13, he moved to the United States to study at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He then studied music at the University of Southern California.

These two artists will be coming to Prescott after performing with a flutist as the Synergy Trio, at the National Flute Convention in Phoenix, on Aug. 4 and 5. Prescott Community Church, a congregation of the Reformed Church of America, is located at 3151 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to last about one hour.

There is no admission charge for the concert, but there will be a free will offering for anyone who wishes to make a donation to offset expenses of the concert.

Everyone who enjoys good music, performed by world-class artists, is invited to attend.

Information provided by Prescott Community Church.

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