■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
The MSJC Eagles Orchestra played in perfect pitch at its recent annual Spring Concert. The college orchestra on April 9 performed the Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony “The Drumroll,” with works by Edvard Jãrnefelt, Joaquin Turina, and Antonio Vivaldi as well.
Director and Violinist Frances Moore, a music instructor at both MSJC and University of California Riverside, was joined by her friend and fellow musician Dr. Angela Brand, who served as conductor for the night. It was Brand’s second time performing at the college.
“Frances and I worked on our doctorates together,” introduced Brand. “We’ve done lots of early music together, and lots of orchestral things, so I think we’re starting to get the hang of things when I’m playing or she’s conducting [or vice versa] so we just have a great time together and I’m so happy to be here for my second time.”
Brand’s old friend Frances is active as a performer and teacher in the Southern California area. She currently teaches violin and viola, and directs UCR’s Chamber Ensemble program. Her students have performed solo concertos with the UCR Symphony Orchestra and participated in chamber music as fellows in the Gluck Program for the Arts in performances in Riverside County. As a baroque violinist, Moore has performed with Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. Moore holds degrees in violin performance from UC Santa Barbara and University of Southern California, where she studied with fellow violinists Alice Schoenfeld and Milton Thomas. While on fellowship at the Banff School of the Arts in Alberta, Canada, Moore studied chamber music as a member of the Cecilian Piano Trio with Menahem Pressler and Gilbert Kalisch. In May 2012, Moore performed period music with Dr. Brand in Winnipeg, Canada for performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
“It’s a continuing education class that incorporates age groups from the youth, to the older ones, and everything else in between,” said Moore, describing the orchestra. Not only does the orchestra consist of MSJC students, but musically-inclined members of the community as well! Guest bassoon soloist Cory Barger made a special appearance that night, showcasing her talents for the community to enjoy.
“It was wonderful!” enthused Barger.
Barger has distinguished herself as a performer throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. She received her master’s degree from London’s prestigious Royal College of Music, and her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She enjoys a varied musical life as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and baroque bassoon enthusiast. Barger has performed in an 11th century Czech abbey, live on the radio in Cape Town, on television in China, and in the security line at the airport in Mumbai. Barger has worked with such esteemed conductors as Bernard Haitink and Sir Colin Davis, and held posts as principal bassoon with Co-Opera Company and the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. She returned to California in 2012, after six years in London, and is highly demanded as a freelance player.
According to Moore, preparation for their biannual concerts (one in the spring, and one in the fall), requires musicians to attend weekly rehearsals on Monday nights from 6-9 p.m., for about eight weeks. Moore also wants to see the orchestra grow, and is always looking for new additions.
“We’re trying to recruit more players,” explained Moore. “We have a community orchestra here, and musicians are more than welcome – they’re invited – to come over here!”
If you have musical talent and are interested in joining the MSJC Eagles Orchestra, contact Frances Moore at email@example.com.