Chamber Orchestra brings Paris to Charles City

CHARLES CITY — A Parisian spring was in full bloom Sunday, April 2, in Charles City.
Mezzo soprano Megan Grey and the Charles City Community Chamber Orchestra under the direction of John Chiles filled the 500 N. Grand Auditorium with the musical artistry for which it was created.
The orchestra opened its free admission “Springtime in Paris” concert with “Grand Valse Brillante. OP 18” by Frederic Chopin, followed by “Sicilienne” from “Pelleas et Melisande” by Gabriel Faure and arranged by Jeff Manookian, “Serenade, OP.7” by Gabriel Pierre, and “Pavane Poor Une Infante Defunte” by Maurice Ravel and arranged by Carl Simpson.
After a short intermission, the string quartet in F major of Kimberly Birch and Doralyn Bigelow on violin, Chiles on viola, and Carissa Eagan on cello performed “I. Allegro Moderato” by Maurice Ravel.
Grey, accompanied by Elisabed Imerlishvili, sang “L’Enamoure” by Reynaldo Hahn and “Chanson De Zora” from “La Petit Bohemienne” by Gioacchino Antonio Rossini.
The concert concluded with Grey singing two pieces along with the full orchestra. Both pieces were by Georges Bizet and arranged by Clark McAlister: “Seguidilla” and “Habenera” from “Carmen.”

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