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Meet the Orchestra event set for Sunday
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The Effingham Community Orchestra’s Meet the Orchestra Event and Concert will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Effingham County Recreation Department gymnasium in Springfield.

Attendees will have an opportunity to take an up-close look at orchestra instruments and talk to musicians.

“I thought it would be a very nice opportunity if we could receive the Grass Roots grant to bring music education to the community about the instruments in the orchestra and then how they fit together into different configurations,” said Effingham Orchestra director Andrea Huff. “From the beginning, we wanted it to be a family oriented event, so the children would have a learning experience. The purpose is to inspire our next generation to study an instrument.”

Huff said the event will be a good experience for the public and young people especially interested in music.

“We’ll have about 10 stations set up so they can see the instruments up close,” she said. “Some of those instruments, they’ll actually be able to hold and feel the weight of them, so it’s very family oriented. For the young people, it may be their first venture into a really up-close look at the instruments and associating the name of that instrument to that instrument.”

Huff said that after visiting the various instrument stations, the orchestra would play a piece of music to demonstrate each of the instruments individually. Following that, the audience will have an opportunity to see one of the musicians who plays that instrument make the sound and have that sound associated with the instrument.

After that, a clarinet ensemble will show what a configuration of a single instrument sounds like, then a jazz ensemble will perform a piece to show what that kind of configuration sounds like.

The full orchestra will then perform four pieces of music to illustrate what all the pieces playing in harmony sound like.

This program is supported in part by the Grass Roots Art Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the General Assembly and in partnership with the Statesboro Arts Council. The event is free and open to the public.