James Brown, a musician, plays for the Big Bend Orchestra at Tallahassee Community College on Thursday, 11 April 2019. (Photo: Tori Schneider / Tallahassee Democrat)
As Judy Blancett broke through the Tallahassee Democrat in the spring of 1994, she may have been finding items about O.J. Capture Simpson or the term “spam” arises. There was probably something about the death of Nixon or Jackie O or that "Forest Gump" had reached another Oscar. But it was not the same as that of the Blancett family.
Instead, the author Mark Hinson indicated that a conductor named Waldie Anderson and a music teacher Ginny Dinsmore were starting an orchestra – a community orchestra, which now indicated that there would be all applicants. For Judy Blancett, an amateur but dedicated violinist from a grade school, he was like a call to heaven.
Following a response to this reference summons, on 20 April 2019, Judy Blancett and three other orchestral players will mark the 25th anniversary of the Big Bend Community Orchestra in a concert at Turner Turner Hall in Tallahassee Community College. The orchestra will have 64 current members celebrating along with the BBC 's 781 musicians for the past 25 years.
Ginny Dinsmore, who founded the group with Waldie Anderson, his musician, historian, and concert, is the soloist in Weber's rolled-up rondo. She says, “In 1994, Waldie had just retired to Tallahassee from Michigan State University where he was professor of Music. He taught at Interlochen Arts Academy and had considerable experience as a director. We joined with the idea of providing a place to play and tap into classical music… since the first Tallahassee Symphony was returned 30 years previously! ”
Great, under the fall in 1994, with a simple overall suggestion of sections filled with strings, with wooden blinds, with brass and percussion, the BBCO gave its first performance.
Then, as now, some of the musicians were from the universities; some were retired; some people who worked as children; some were young, and some beginners got music later in life. But they all wanted the combination of smaller symbolic works and movements from larger orchestral pieces. From time to time, they liked to question “pops” with film music, which meant that different levels of difficulty of the works were challenging.
James Brown, deputy leader, was Deputy Chief Superintendent of Schools in Gadsden County for a quarter of a century, having had the opportunity to return to his major music college with the arrival of the BBCO. “I could play most of the instruments … except strings!” Laughs. When he was 59 years of age, he started taking cello lessons.
Now, 15 years later, he is the Second Chairman in the department. “I started sitting in the back, playing notes here and there … certainly not!” As it got worse, Brown was able to surrender “air-cello” and enjoy the thrill. be in the middle of sounds at. a full orchestra whose central voice is.
Ginny Dinsmore notes that things changed as the BBCO was a permanent part of the community. She has always had an idea that every exercise took place in early years in each of the local high schools.
“Leon, Godby, Rickards, Lincoln, Christian North, were all very ugly,” said Dinsmore. "Now we turn to Tallahassee Community College where students can earn credit by playing with us!" TCC's Hearing Hall, along with Lee Hall Hall and FAMU Maguire Center, are the three-yearly locations of the orchestra.
Brown also acknowledges the time spent by the group, saying that the orchestra's “musical personality” has changed as well as its directors. “With Waldie Anderson we were playing a small standard of orchestras. Dr. James Croft stressed more baroque works. Dr. K. Shelby Chipman and his assistant director, Dr. Ed Kawakami, we were into the orchestral gun, and there would always be light pieces that would appeal to a wide range of listeners, ”said Brown. This accessibility is one thing that ends the group for the general public, and it also provides an artistic service.
“It is a tradition that we invite children in the audience at the end of the music to stand next to an instrument or musician interested in them. They love it. It's great to watch these small faces as they listen closely to the sounds of a full orchestra, ”said Brown. The BBC sponsored 12 Young Artists Competitions for 7-18 year olds, who received financial scholarships from the orchestra and possibly for the first time, will have the opportunity to act as soloists with the full orchestral group.
On a Thursday evening a short week before their commemorative anniversary, the orchestra collects in a light-sound rehearsal room at TCC. Snatches of The Merry Widow's English horn can hear down the halls and into the yard. Members are turning, talking, laughing, invading instruments cases under the chairs. Together, it seems that they represent a slice of each demountable Tallahassee to be offered.
Susan Maynard, a seasonal assistant, practices every day for an hour saying that this is her chance to “play the most beautiful music in the world!” T
There is a young violin across the room in flowing colors, flowers in her hair and tattoos by some that she will soon marry. And next to the door, in shoes, and in camouflage fatigue, Jordan Marie Robinson is pulling out her glistening violin. She will see she is in the ROTC FAMU, she has been studying classical violin for the past six years. And she clearly sees no contrast between her attire and the delicate instrument she understands about her chin. And it's not a visitor.
Big Community Orchestra welcomes bend before everyone in love with music. Over the years the BBCO has changed, changed, accommodated, welcomed, and steadily grown since its establishment 25 seasons ago.
It invites you to play if you are a beginner; it supports you as your contributions grow. And all the time, it provides beautiful music – the only violinist's name, “my therapy” – for a wide audience and for sharp performers.
The orchestra invites you to join them on the 26th year.
If you go
What: Big Bend Community Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Performance
Where: Turner Auditorium
When: 3 p, Saturday, 20 April
Cost: Free and open to the public
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