Feel Good Friday: A Dream Come True in Okanogan Valley
The Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus had a dream: offer a free concert to the Okanogan community.
In February, their dream came true.
The OVOC’s Family Concert was open to anyone in the community of all ages to experience the colossal sound of an orchestra and chorus.
The orchestra played upbeat, toe-tapping pieces including Aaron Copeland’s Rodeo and Old McDonald by Leroy Anderson with exciting sound effects.
The chorus performed medleys from Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, Manhattan Melodies, and more.
During the last piece, Pirates of the Caribbean, children were invited onstage to sit or stand next to their favorite instrument or musician.
This provided a unique, up-close opportunity to see the rosin flying off the bow, fingers plucking strings and prancing keys, feel the boom of the drum, and witness the passion and intensity that musicians put into a performance.
“We weren’t sure how many people would come,” said Karen Schrimpf, OVOC’s executive director. “But we ended up nearly packing the house filling over 500 seats!”
“The Okanogan County Community came in force. It is so gratifying for performers to have a large audience – that was the community’s gift to OVOC.”
The OVOC received a Regional Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of NCW that fully funded this community event.