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Mid-Columbia Sinfonietta hosts Fall Concert

The Mid-Columbia Sinfonietta, directed by Dorothy McCormick, presents its Fall Concert on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hood River Middle School auditorium.

The free family concert features soprano Jan Conrad singing arias from Gounod’s “Faust,” and “Bachianas Brasilieras,” by Villa-Lobos. Also featured are local violinists Hannah Diers and Seth Regentin. Accompanied by the orchestra, they will play Tartini’s “Sonata in D Major.”

Conrad has sung operatic roles with Amato Opera, New Jersey State Repertory Opera and Minnesota Opera, as well as caroling on the Dave Letterman Show.

She teaches private voice lessons and has performed locally with the Junior Orchestra. This fall, she will be singing the role of Sister Hubert in a production of “Nunsense” at Sylvia’s Dinner Theatre in Portland.

Hannah Diers, a student of McCormick, began playing violin four years ago at the age of 10. With a borrowed instrument, she took a beginning strings class for free, sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Oregon.

A year later, Hannah began playing with the local Junior Orchestra, which McCormick directs, and has been there ever since.

Last summer she attended, on scholarship, Young Musicians and Artists, a two-week residential program at Willamette University. She also plays in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland.

“I love playing the violin because it allows me to express emotions,” Hannah says. She is in ninth grade and is home-schooled.

Seth Regentin, 13, is an eighth-grader at Gloria Dei Lutheran School in Hood River.

He started his studies with Irene Aiken of Parkdale, and is currently studying with McCormick. Seth plays for the Junior Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland.

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