'Magical' setting for orchestra concert

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Accordion player Gerry Smida entertains a pre-concert crowd at the 2007 Tribute to the Trees in Dunsmuir. The 2011 concert, again featuring the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, is scheduled for June 25 at the Dunsmuir Botanical Garden.

A “Simply Magical” experience is being offered in the cloistered meadow of the Dunsmuir Botanical Garden this weekend.

Saturday, June 25 magician Mitchell Picard mystifies those arriving for the evening concert in the garden for, as day fades to evening, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra diverts the senses with calls from violins, violas and cellos and the throb of base; the concert has begun. Bach’s “Concerto for Three Violins in D Major” or Mendelssohn’s “Octet for Strings” blends with the whisper of leaves in the up-canyon breeze.

Then it’s fun with Frinzi. The orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Simon, presents Gerald Frinzi’s “Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and String Orchestra.” Teddy Abrams makes a special appearance here in the north state on solo clarinet.

Edward Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” rounds out the program.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. But those who would like to sit down to an al fresco dinner catered by Lilys Restaurant need to arrive for 4:30 p.m. seating.

Concert tickets are $20; concert and dinner, $40.

More information can be obtained by calling the box office, 530-235-4740.

The garden is in Dunsmuir City Park, 4821 Dunsmuir Ave.