Soon-to-retire conductor performs favorites

The Alpine Orchestra’s fall concerts will be the final performances for longtime conductor Dr. Farrell Coy. Coy joined the symphony in January of 1999. After the December series, he and his wife, Dorothy, plan to travel the country in their new motorhome. Orchestra member Dave Schutte will become the new director. Schutte is well-known in the Leadville area as a conductor, trombonist and former high school bandmaster.

Coy describes the upcoming programs as Conductor’s Choice, selections that are his favorites:
“Three-cornered Hat,” “Russian Christmas Music,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” “Beethoven’s Egmont Overture” and Coy’s own novelty arrangement of “On the Road Again.” Also, flautists Marti Blott and Maggie Handegard are featured on a “Concerto for Two Flutes” by Cimerosa.

Concerts will be held Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville; Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Salida SteamPlant; Sun., Dec. 9, 3 p.m., at Mountain Heights Baptist Church, Buena Vista. Everyone is invited, especially supporters of the orchestra and Coy through the years. There is no admission charge but contributions are appreciated to help defray expenses.

The 40-piece symphony was established in 1991 and has members throughout the Upper Arkansas Valley.

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