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The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Courtesy photo

The splashing waves of Maine’s coastline will be evoked by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in the opening piece of their Masterworks III concert on Friday, Jan. 26. Conducted by Charles Latshaw, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University with a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert conversation.

The evening opens with Acadia Fanfare, an exciting 2016 work by 34-year-old American composer William C. White. Commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pierre Monteux School for conductors and orchestra musicians in Maine, the six-minute tone poem musically describes the natural beauty of the forest and rocky Atlantic coastline of Acadia National Park.

Next up is the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, composed in 1903 by Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius, at the age of 38. Andrew Sords will perform the piece's technically challenging violin solo. A native of Newark, Delaware, Sords began piano lessons at 5, and switched to violin in first grade. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University. Since his early competition successes he has collaborated with more than 250 orchestras worldwide. His numerous awards include the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award.

To conclude the concert, FSO reprises one of the most popular symphonies of all time, “From The New World” or Symphony No. 9 in E minor by Antonin Dvorak. The New York Philharmonic commissioned Dvorak to write the “New World Symphony,” which was premiered in 1893.

This concert is sponsored by current and former members of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, to commemorate the service of Board members who are active and deceased. For tickets and more information, visit flagstaffsymphony.org.

Science Saturday program is all about water

For its first Science Saturday event of the new year, Willow Bend Environmental Education Center will present "The Art and Science of Water." The program, set for Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will include watershed models, water cycle games, hands on activities and experiments, and the 2017 4th grade Water Ethics Contest exhibition. The event is held in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Watershed Council and is free and open to all ages. Materials and supplies will be provided.

Science Saturday is an event held on the first Saturday of every month. Each month is focused on a different theme and each event offers fun and educational hands-on activities. For more information, visit willowbendcenter.org. Willow Bend is located at 703 E. Sawmill Road.

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