Island Sinfonia

Posted May 10, 2019 at 5:45 am by

Vio­lin­ist Natal­ie Meenan — Con­tributed photo

The spring con­cert series by Island Sin­fo­nia is upon us. On Sun­day, May 19, Island Sin­fo­nia will present their annu­al con­cert at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church in Fri­day Har­bor at 3:00 pm. Admis­sion is by dona­tion and stu­dents are always free.

This year’s pro­gram promis­es to be extra spe­cial, and will fea­ture flautists Lin­da Stone and Sarah Ogmund­son in Quadro by Tele­mann, and cel­list Jen Utter in Mozart’s Ron­da alla Tur­ca. Oth­er pieces include the March for the Turk­ish Cer­e­mo­ny by Lul­ly; the sec­ond move­ment of Rosamunde by Schu­bert; Lib­er­tan­go by Pia­zol­la, and two pieces for brass ensemble.

This will be the last con­cert for Island Sinfonia’s only stu­dent musi­cian, Natal­ie Meenan, who grad­u­ates from Fri­day Har­bor High School in June. A vio­lin­ist, Natal­ie has per­formed with Island Sin­fo­nia for two years and has been con­cert­mas­ter this year. In the fall she will attend Bates Col­lege in Maine, and plans to study Psy­chol­o­gy and Man­darin Chinese.

“I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to grow as a musi­cian. Bates has both a tra­di­tion­al orches­tra, and a string band that focus­es pri­mar­i­ly on fid­dle music. Both sound like a lot of fun,” she says.

Natal­ie began play­ing vio­lin in sec­ond grade while a stu­dent at Ore­gon Epis­co­pal School in Port­land, Ore­gon. “The ele­men­tary school had an excel­lent strings pro­gram, both lessons and an orches­tra. Both my sis­ter and I enrolled and devel­oped a real love of mak­ing music.”

Mov­ing to Fri­day Har­bor in mid­dle school posed a few musi­cal chal­lenges, how­ev­er. “I’ve been tak­ing lessons with Han­neke (Klein-Robben­haar), who is fan­tas­tic, but there real­ly wasn’t any venue at school for a teenag­er to play with a group. I tried the high school band one year, but a lone vio­lin doesn’t work very well with band instru­ments. I’m sure I was an inter­est­ing sight in the pep band at the foot­ball games,” she laughed.

Island Sin­fo­nia is com­prised of instru­men­tal­ists from Lopez, Orcas, Shaw, and San Juan islands and is direct­ed by con­duc­tor Jim Shaf­fer-Bauck. Island Sin­fo­nia is open to all musi­cians, includ­ing stu­dents. Please speak with any of the instru­men­tal­ists fol­low­ing the con­cert if you are inter­est­ed in joining.

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