Chamber Orchestra returns to Dunsmuir for Tribute to Trees

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra returns to the Dunsmuir City Park for the 20th annual “Tribute to the Trees” concert June 19

Conducted by music director Benjamin Simon, the event is designed to be an evening of easy, elegant entertainment full of summer fun, good food and beautiful music in the unparalleled natural setting of the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1966 by violinist, teacher, conductor and part-time Dunsmuir resident William Whitson who served as the orchestra’s music director until his death in 2001.

Whitson’s suggestion to bring the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra to Dunsmuir in 1991 as part of a community revitalization effort provided the foundation for the establishment of the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

Harriet Alto, long-time Botanical Gardens volunteer, stated, “This commitment of PACO to the Gardens continues to provide necessary funding for ongoing maintenance and the development of the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens as a horticultural and educational resource, a ‘living library’ for all who visit here.”

PACO, an award winning youth orchestra for regional string musicians of high-school age and younger is composed of five ensembles of approximately 25 members each chosen by competitive auditions. Members typically spend 5 to 10 years with other talented musicians as they progress through the orchestras.

As  one of the few youth orchestras in the nation devoted exclusively to chamber music, PACO performs adventurous repertoires, features first class soloists, tours internationally and produces frequent recordings.

Appointed music director in 2002, Benjamin Simon, a native of San Francisco, has performed around the world as a violinist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Naumberg award-winning New World String Quartet. He has taught at Harvard University and joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1992 as a member of the Stanford String Quartet.

Cost for the concert and catered al fresco supper is $40 and $20 for the concert only. Discounts for Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens’ members are available.  Those who choose to attend the concert only are invited to bring a picnic supper to the event. A full bar will be available. The gate opens at 4 p.m., supper is served at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Dunsmuir Recreation District Office, 4821 Dunsmuir Avenue, or by calling 530-235-4740. For more concert information, visit www.dunsmuirbotanicalgardens.org. In the event of inclement weather, the dinner and concert will be held in the Dunsmuir Elementary School Gym located at 4760 Siskiyou Avenue.