May 13 & May 15 2011
Under the direction of William McNeiland, recently retired Associate Professor of Music at Jacksonville University and former conductor of the Jacksonville University Orchestra, the St. Augustine Community Orchestra is fulfilling new musical challenges. The orchestra’s Spring Concert will be presented on Friday May 13 at 8 pm at the Lightner Museum, the orchestra’s co-sponsor. There is no reserved seating; and admission is $10 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. An encore performance of the same program will be presented Sunday May 15 at 3 pm at the Switzerland Community Church, 2179 State Rte. 13, in Switzerland to reach residents in Northwest St. Johns County.
The program will feature music by composers of the Romantic Period (19th century) such as Franz von SuppJ’s “Light Cavalry Overture”, Johann Strauss, Jr’s “Emperor Waltz”, Frederick Delius’ “Aquarelle”, and contemporary themes from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera”. The music chosen is both familiar and heart-warming, certain to be an enjoyable experience for the audience. Flutist Hannah Fell will play Giulio Briccialdi’s “Carnival of Venice” with the orchestra; a demanding work for both flutist and the orchestra.
Ms. Fell is currently a junior at Creekside High School. A native of the Chicago area, the family moved to Jacksonville when she was in fourth grade. She began playing the flute in sixth grade. In Middle School she won three consecutive ‘superior’ ratings at solo/ensemble competitions, and became first chair, or principal flutist, in the All-State Band. Her mother was her first music and flute teacher. By ninth grade she began studying flute with Les Roettges, principal flutist of the Jacksonville Symphony. Hannah has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony’s Youth Orchestra for three years. This year she won the First Coast Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, selected among musicians from nine counties around Jacksonville; in addition, she won the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Young Artist’s Concerto Competition. As a winner, she will solo with the Jacksonville Symphony in May.
Conductor/Director McNeiland was born and raised in Texas. He began playing the tuba and string bass in junior high school and later, in high school, played double bass with the Amarillo Symphony. He earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and has taught band and orchestra in elementary and secondary schools in Texas and Illinois. Joining the Jacksonville University faculty in 1969, he remained in that position until he retired in 2007. He has been active in many areas of musical life in North Florida, including President of the Delius Association and the Florida Orchestra Association. He directed his first concerts with the St. Augustine Community Orchestra in March of this year, featuring violin soloist Andrew Sords, and attracting large and appreciative audiences at both the Lightner Museum and the Switzerland encore performances.