Musicians welcome to join youth orchestra



ELLSWORTH — TEMPO, The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians, is accepting new musicians for the spring session, which begins on Saturday, April 4.

Currently comprised of 35 high school and middle school instrumentalists from Benedicta to Mount Desert Island and Searsport to Gouldsboro, TEMPO welcomes new and returning members to weekly Saturday morning rehearsals at The Grand Auditorium. The orchestra is conducted by Rebecca Edmondson, music educator at Conners Emerson School, and Ethan Edmondson, music educator at Searsport District Middle and High School.

This spring, the orchestra will play a repertoire of humorous pieces including Haydn’s “Surprise Symphony,” Mozart’s “The Village Musicians: A Musical Joke,” “Captain Jinks” by Green, Strauss’s “Pizzicato Polka,” Dvorak’s “Humoreske” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard.” Concerts of these fun pieces will be performed at The Grand Auditorium on Saturday, June 20, and at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor on June 21.

On May 30 at 7 p.m., the orchestra will accompany a reprise showing of the Harold Lloyd’s silent film “Safety Last” at The Grand.

To apply to join TEMPO, contact Rebecca Edmondson at [email protected]

TEMPO provides a fresh and innovative orchestral setting for musicians in middle school and high school in Hancock County and its surrounding communities. Dedicated to creating an educational and social atmosphere for the diverse student population of Maine’s young musicians, TEMPO’s fiscal sponsor is the Town Hill Village Improvement Society, and its home is The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth.

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