The Tucson Civic Orchestra will look a little smaller when he takes the stage for two concerts this weekend.
But the volunteer ensemble, under the baton of musical director Charles Bontrager, hopes that it will soon find its entire contingent on board.
Michele Holzman, who was named the orchestra’s volunteer general manager last month, said several musicians withdrew from this weekend’s concert over fears of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are people who are not comfortable coming back, but I hope (as the pandemic improves) it will continue to grow,” said Holzman, who also plays the violin in the ‘orchestra.
The orchestra will perform their “Triple Treat” concert at 3 pm on Saturday, October 23 at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia; and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 24 at Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Road.
This will be the orchestra’s first concert since the pandemic forced it to cancel its spring concert in March 2020.
“Triple Threat” commemorates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a performance of his Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano. The orchestra brought in a trio of professors from the AU School of Music: violinist Lauren Roth, principal violin of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; cellist Theodore Buchholz; and pianist Fanya Lin – to perform the concerto.