Humboldt Symphony and ArMack Orchestra in Home-and-Home Concerts

An orchestral suite from the opera “Carmen,” favorites by Rachmaninoff and Copland, and a tribute to Louis Armstrong highlight two combined concerts by the Humboldt Symphony and the ArMack Orchestra of Arcata and McKinleyville high schools, in a home-and-home Mother’s Day weekend series on Friday evening May 6 at HSU and Sunday afternoon at Arcata High School.

The ArMack Orchestra under the direction of Cassandra Moulton performs “Satchmo! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” and “The Fair,” an orchestral arrangement from Stravinksy’s ballet “Petrouchka.”

The Humboldt Symphony performs the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s popular Piano Concerto #2. As winner of the HSU concerto competition, student Charles McClung is the piano soloist.

The buoyant Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland is another popular piece on the Humboldt Symphony program. “On any collection of Copland’s Top Ten best known pieces, the Outdoor Overture would definitely be included,” said Symphony conductor Paul Cummings. “It’s energetic but with more serene passages. All sections of the orchestra are given their moment of glory, with a number of prominent solos.”

Carmen Suite #2 is itself a kind of greatest hits package, assembled from Bizet’s opera and including its most familiar melodies (including the Toreador Song.) Humboldt Symphony will perform the entire suite, together with the ArMack Orchestra.

The Humboldt Symphony and the ArMack Orchestra perform on Friday May 6 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus. Tickets are $8, $5 seniors and children, free to HSU students with ID, from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door.

The two ensembles also perform on Sunday May 8 at 2 p.m. in the new theater in the Fine Arts Building at Arcata High School. Admission is $5. More information: