It’s “Game Time” for the Okanogan Valley Orchestra & Chorus (OVOC) in their free family concert on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 3 p.m. at the Omak Performing Arts Center.
The orchestra and chorus chose the theme to honor the Winter Olympic Games — and to inspire young people to be involved in music and the arts as well as in sports.
The orchestra will play “Olympic Fanfare” by John Williams, which was commissioned for the 1984 Los Angeles games and has been played in every Olympics since. Also on the program from the orchestra is “Prelude to Carmen” by Geroges Bizet (familiar to many as the theme music from “The Bad News Bears” as well as the beloved opera). The brass section will be highlighted in Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
The chorus is also in game mode, performing “Baba Yetu,” the theme to the video game Civilization IV (the first video-game music to win a Grammy), and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
The musicians encourage the audience to join in the fun by coming to the concert in their favorite sports apparel. As always, there will be a chance for kids to get a close-up view of violins, bassoons, drums and other instruments when they’re invited to join the orchestra on stage during one of the pieces.
The family concert is free to all, thanks to generous sponsorships from local businesses and a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.