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Violins and windmills: Music inspired by great literature
'The Play's the Thing' set for Saturday at Whitaker Black Box Theater
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Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet and Mr. Scrooge come alive in the Whitaker Black Box Theater on Dec. 8 when the Statesboro Chamber Orchestra presents “The Play’s The Thing.”
            A 17-piece orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Aceto, will perform music inspired by three great pieces of literature. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the 73-seat venue on 41 West Main Street.
            “”Burlesque de Don Quixote” was written by Telemann,” said Dr. Aceto, who is the director of the Statesboro Orchestra/Strings programs. “Tchaikovsky wrote the “Romeo and Juliet Overture” but, since we don’t have a huge orchestra, we performing an abbreviated arrangement. For A Christmas Carol, the music we are playing is all British Christmas carols such as “What Child Is This”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and a couple of obscure ones that most people have never heard of.”
            Ressie Fuller will also narrate portions of A Christmas Carol while the Orchestra plays softly behind her.

“There will be 10 violins, three cellos, two violas, a double base and various percussion instruments,” said Dr. Aceto. “We started rehearsals in the middle of August and I am really quite proud of them.”

Musicians include Jessica Orvis (violin), Lissa Leege (viola) and her son Mica D’Arcangelo (cello), James Glass (bass), sisters Suyeon and Yeongseo Oh (both on violin), Glenn Haynes (cello), Nancy Derr (violin), Carolyn Lota (violin), Rebecca Goines (violin), Ruth Hook (violin) and Georgia Southern University music students.

“People will recognize most of the pieces,” said Dr. Aceto. “They will also recognize how each of the movements relates to the books. In the Don Quixote portion of the performance, for example, the music will clearly sound like the galloping of a horse or the violent attack on the windmill.”