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Orchestra takes audience to the sounds of the movies
Jennifer Ricks s plays during the performance. - photo by Photo by Rick Lott

A Sunday afternoon never sounded sweeter.  

The audience that came to enjoy the Effingham Community Orchestra’s performance at the Board of Education Auditorium in Springfield came away delighted by the favorites-packed program of music.

Andrea Huff led the group as they played through a matinee of movie music that spanned movie history from the “Wizard of Oz” to “Exodus” to the “Mission: Impossible” theme. People were tapping their feet and humming along to many of the show tunes.

This marked the sixth full performance of the orchestra, which is composed of professionals, retired players and students from the area. Instruments include woodwinds, brass and orchestral strings. Sunday’s performance was a fundraiser for the Mars Theatre renovation project, guided by the SRC (Springfield Revitalization Corp.). Funds raised are to go toward construction on the Theatre scheduled to begin this fall.

Jim Dixon served as the program’s emcee, describing the music in each segment of the program.

Jimmy Wells, principal trumpet, performed a thrilling trumpet solo in “My Heart Will Go On,” the theme from the movie “Titanic.” Some of the orchestra’s principal players include Chris Dooley on first violin; Sierra Conway on first flute; Phillip Keating on cello; and Jessica Mathis on percussion.

The orchestra and the SRC thanked several companies and organizations for contributing to the success of the day. They included the Effingham County Board of Education, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Darnell Ambrose, 21 South Mini Storage, Mars Theatre project volunteers and Effingham Community Orchestra volunteers.

For more information on joining or supporting the orchestra, contact Huff at 772-6468.