Odeon offers 15th annual spring concert

May 23, 2014

Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School will present the 15th annual Odeon Spring Concert Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The performance is free and open to the public.

Odeon was founded in 2000 and merged with Bay Chamber in 2006. Since that time, it has expanded to three ensembles featuring musicians from the surrounding communities from age 9 to adult. Originally begun as a string ensemble, Odeon Symphony and Odeon Adult Orchestras have winds and brass sections, in addition to all the string groups.

Odeon conductor Deirdre McClure took over leadership of the group in 2011 and said that this spring’s concert demonstrates the progress these ensembles have made over the past few years. Featured on the program are works by John Williams (“Star Wars”) and several classical composers.

Last summer, faculty member Jeff Weinberger founded the ukulele instruction program at Bay Chamber. In the short course of 10 months, the program has grown exponentially and this concert marks the debut of the Bay Chamber Ukulele Ensemble, playing a variety of works sure to please all tastes.

Registration for music lessons and classes for summer and fall sessions at the Music School is open. For more information about the Odeon Spring Concert or any of Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School’s offerings, call 236-2823 or visit baychamberconcerts.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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