Imperial Valley Symphony Opens 41st Season with Fall Concert

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Joel Jacklich announcing the Symphony's next set.
Joel Jacklich announcing the Symphony’s next set.

EL CENTRO – The sounds of classical music filled the Jimmie Cannon Performing Arts Theatre Saturday night, delighting patrons of all ages as the Imperial Valley Symphony kicked off its 41st season with a fall concert.

As many of the musicians come from programs within the Imperial Valley, there were familiar faces scattered throughout the symphony including cellist Brandon Crabtree of El Centro. A cellist of nine years, Crabtree says he decided to join the local symphony because, “It’s a challenge and I enjoy meeting all the new people. I also knew that once I graduated high school, I would want to continue on, so I joined IV Symphony as a way to do that.”

“All thanks goes to Joel Jacklich,” Crabtree said of the IV Symphony’s founder. “He has done so much for all of us and I can’t express how important it is that the thanks goes to him.”

The symphony only consists of about 60 musicians, and with such a small group there comes a very close sense of community. As the musicians see each other on a regular basis, they become close with one another and the more experienced musicians help the younger, less experienced musicians by setting the example.

Jacklich stated, “When we don’t have one of the instruments available locally, we’ll bring in a pro to play the part. That’s good because the students who are in the orchestra can sit there and listen to someone who has been playing for forty years, and that inspires them and helps them because they become wrapped up in the professional’s playing and they begin playing well themselves.”

This sense of community extends to the patrons of the symphony’s concerts as well, according to Jacklich.  He said he appreciates the community immensely because it is what keeps the IV Symphony going. “This is all due to the community. It takes about $24,000 to complete a season and for 41 years now, the community has kept us alive with their donations and we really appreciate it.”

It is apparent appreciation runs both ways. Katie Thomason of El Centro is the mother of oboe player Brett Thomason. “It’s so nice to have something different in the Valley to listen to and to keep in touch with classical music,” she said. “We really appreciate the symphony for all they do.”

The concert included Franz von Suppe’s Poet and Pleasant Overture and Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 8, both conducted by Mr. Esteban Corona. Also featured was founder Joel Jacklich’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Military March in B-flat and Jacklich’s Passacagalia and Fughetta: in Memoriam Elliot Del Bargo, both conducted by Jacklich himself. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, conducted by Dr. Matthew Busse, finished off the night.

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