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Orchestra explores love songs
Valentine Soiree: An Exploration of Love Songs from Around the Globe
TIMES: 7 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: First Lutheran Church, 850 Cooper Ave., Yuba City
TICKETS: $5 to $20
Love songs abound in the classical music world. And since Valentine's Day was this week, the Veridan Symphony Orchestra is performing two concerts of classical love songs this weekend.
"Valentine Soiree: An Exploration of Love Songs from Around the Globe" is on Saturday and Sunday at the First Lutheran Church in Yuba City.
"This is a nice event to take your sweetheart," said cellist Rebekah Hood, who is among the performers. "You can enjoy some well-known classical pieces and some you maybe haven't heard before."
Joining her is Helen Graham on violin and Marina Swales on piano.
Graham said it was definitely a romance-themed concert. "It shows the different sides of passion and jealousy and anger — all things common in a relationship. (The concert) will be like a journey."
The trio will perform 12 pieces total. The concert will open with the January, February and June pieces from Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons." Next will be Gaetano Braga's "La Serenata (The Angels' Serenade)" and then Franz Schubert's "Moment Musical in F-minor D780 No. 3."
"We're playing an array of selections," Hood said. "It's a little bit of everything from around the classical music world. ... Some (pieces) are very beautiful. Some are very romantic. Some are more lullabies."
Other pieces in the concert include Charles Haydn Arnold's "Heart Throbs Reverie," Mozart's "Larghetto from the Clarinet Quartet K581," Camille Saint Saens' "Rondo Capriccioso" and Georges Bizet's "A Carmen Fantasy."
Hood and Graham, both music teachers, are among the founding members of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra. It began in 2010. "Veridian" means "fresh green," which describes the symphony's mission, which is to provide fresh and lively performances.
The "Valentine's Soiree" is the fourth concert in the symphony's 2012-13 season. Its next concert, the season's last, is in April and features a collaboration with the Yuba-Sutter Master Chorale.
Following the "Valentine's Soiree" will be a reception featuring wine and chocolate, Hood said.