Meridian Idaho's Music Scene
The season got a jump start in August at the Meridian City Hall Amphitheater with an array of music from beloved Broadway classics. The orchestra played selections from “Guys and Dolls”, “The King and I”, “Fiddler on The Roof”, and “West Side Story”.
The official season began in November at College of Idaho’s Jewett Auditorium. The program included Gray’s “A Celtic Overture” and Dvorák’s Symphony #9 - “New World Symphony”. Flautist Jennifer Rhees, and Idaho native, was featured soloist in Cécile Chaminade’s “Concertina for Flute and Orchestra”.
The Meridian Middle School auditorium was transformed into a winter wonderland when the orchestra delighted audiences with holiday classics like, “The Nutcracker Suite”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Santa also made a special appearance.
The orchestra got spring off to an early start at the Centennial Performing Arts Center in Boise, Idaho. The concert opened with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” followed by a spirited performance of Franz Danzi’s “Concertino” featuring Kevin Hall on bassoon, and Larry Reeder on clarinet.
This special concert showcased the talent of the 2011 Young Artist Competition Soloist Award recipients. Nolan Nguyen wowed audiences on piano with Bach’s “Concerto in D Major”. Michelle Hembree played the French Horn, and was introduced as an amazing young lady and accomplished horn player. Her solo in Mozart’s “Concerto No. 4 in E Flat Major was delightful!
Dairy Days Concert in the Park
Held annually on the third full weekend of June, this festival celebrates Meridian’s heritage as the former dairy center of Idaho. To kick off the celebration, the orchestra played many crowd-pleasing tunes such as “William Tell Overture”, Mancini’s “The Pink Panther”, and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”.
The symphony has been part of Meridian since 1990 and began as a string ensemble of 25 members who were dedicated to providing lessons and training for school children. Since then, it has helped institute a school orchestra curriculum in the Meridian school district. Today the orchestra boasts over 70 members ranging in age from 15 to 86. It still holds to the belief of its founder, Anna Gray, “We can become a great influence for good in the lives of all who live here.”