From Our 71st Season

Bits & Pieces Chamber Series Introduction – by Jeff Barudin, Board President

In order to take every precaution with COVID-19, we kicked off our 2020/2021 season virtually. Our Bits n’ Pieces Concert Series features chamber ensembles made up of Civic Orchestra members who have record prepared music for your enjoyment.

We hope to return to live performances in the 2021 season. In the meantime, we thank you for your generous support while we remain socially distanced.




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Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor “Rosamunde”
Introduction by Edward Dolbashian, Artistic Director

Our first piece, the first movement (Allegro ma non troppo)  of Schubert’s “Rosamunde” String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, was performed at the Paul Schroeder Park in Manchester on Saturday, 10/17, by Principal members of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.

Featuring: Carolina Neves – Violin, Anne Branch – Violin, Maggie Mueller – Viola, Cole Guillien – Cello

Our second piece, titled “A Gaelic Offering” by Catherine McMichael, was performed on Thursday, 10/22, in Paula’s garage in St. Peters, by members of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. We were lucky to be joined by other members and neighbors in the audience, who were socially distanced and wearing masks.

Featuring: Andrea Clark – Flute Gayle Friz – Flute Paula Bernhardt – Flute Clara Richter – Flute

Our third performance is the entire Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod. It was performed in Wendie’s driveway in Crestwood, on Halloween (10/31) by members of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.

Featuring: Flute – Gayle Friz Oboe – Joy Floyd (note, no 2nd Oboe) Clarinets – Wendie Cummings and Jack Kissinger Horns – Matt Geary and Jenny Anderson Bassoons – Daniel Shavers and Cindy Graeler

Our fourth performance features 3 Concerti, each for 4 violins, by Georg Phillipp Telemann – in G Major (TWV 40:201), in C Major (TWV 40:202), and in A Major (TWV 40:204). Each was performed at Irwin’s home in Defiance on Saturday, 11/7, by members of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.

Featuring: Genevieve Jones – Violin Julie Nguyen – Violin Cecelia Wagner – Violin Irwin Jacobs – Violin

Our fifth piece, Vincent D’Indy’s Suite Dans le Style Ancien, Op. 24, was performed in Paula’s garage in St. Peters on Saturday, 10/22, by members of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. We were lucky to be joined by other members and neighbors in the audience, who were socially distanced and wearing masks.

Featuring: Andrea Clark – Flute Paula Bernhardt – Flute Larry Levin – Trumpet Nancy Daby – Violin Kathryn Muskopf – Violin Jane Kent – Viola Jayne Hanlin – Cello

Our next features an assortment of Pops pieces, performed at Creve Coeur Park on a chilly Saturday, 10/25, by members of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.

Each work was performed in order:

Mission Impossible Theme, by Adam Clayton (arr. Pedro Gilabert)

Quartet No. 1 (#2 – Brincadeira & #6 – Saltando como um Saci), by Heitor Villa-Lobos

America, by Leonard Bernstein (arr. Pedro Gilabert)

Country Club Rag, by Scott Joplin (arr. William Zinn)

Pirates of the Caribbean, by Hans Zimmer (arr. Pedro Gilabert)

Washington Post March, by John Phillip Sousa (arr. William Zinn)

Featuring: Jill Pochek – Violin Linda Rhoades – Violin Douglas Yarwood.- Viola Jeanne Lambson- Cello Jakob Mueller – Percussion

Our final performance is Richard Kursch’s Trio in F, performed by members of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.

Featuring: Graham Woodland – Violin Carolina Neves – Violin Shannon Merciel – Cello