IV Symphony finishes 39th season

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EL CENTRO – The Imperial Valley Symphony Association, Inc., and Imperial Valley College Music Department presented the 39th season of the Imperial Valley Symphony Saturday evening at the Jimmie Cannon Performing Arts Theatre at Southwest High School.

Directed by Joel Jacklich, founding director of the symphony, the Spring “Pops” Concert was free to the public.

With close to 200 people in attendance, they performed everything from opera to modern day movie scores.

Comprised of 44 musicians from the Imperial Valley, San Diego, and Los Angeles, the IV Symphony has a world class sound.

The performance started with Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, a light and fun college drinking song, and a selection by Sir Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance Military March, Op. 39, No. 4.

The Theme from To Kill a Mockingbird by Elmer Bernstein was next. This was arranged by local musician Brooke Kofford.

This beautiful piece seemed to be a favorite of the audience.

1Jacklich explained the pieces before their execution, giving insights to little known facts of the songs and their composers.

Medleys from popular Broadway shows and operas like Oklahoma, the Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, and Pirates of the Caribbean rounded out the rest of the evening.

The Imperial Valley Symphony delivered once again their true professionalism and stunning musical performances on each and every piece.

Maestro Jacklich is fun to watch with his energetic direction.

This was the last performance of the season.

It is estimated by the Imperial Valley Symphony Association (IVSA) that they need about $24,000 per year to function.

Donations are needed for next year’s performances.

To donate a tax deductable gift, send it to Imperial Valley Symphony Association, Inc., P.O. Box 713. El Centro, CA 92244-0713.