Spring concert to feature Sforzando and Con Brio string orchestras

St. Francis Music Center will present “The Sforzando String Orchestra” and “The Con Brio String Orchestra” in a Spring Concert Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

The string concerts have become a community favorite with music for all ages. Little Falls is one of the few communities nationwide that is able to claim two string orchestras without having string programs in any area schools.

The free concert will feature string artists of all ages playing a wide variety of music. Some of the highlights will be: “Shenandoah;” “Secret Agent Man;” “Fields of Gold;” “Green Onions;” “Fantasia on Greensleeves” and Leroy Anderson’s “The Waltzing Cat.” Classical favorites will include: “Clair De Lune” by Debussy; “Russian Sailor’s Dance” by Grillo; and Mozart’s “The Abduction” from The Seraglio.

In addition, the concert will feature a special performance by Maway Quillo playing Breval’s Concerto in G Major, 1st Movement on cello. Maway is in 11th grade at Long Prairie Grey Eagle High School. A student of Celo V’ec, Maway has played cello for 10 years, and also plays guitar, piano and tenor sax. Along with playing in the Music Center orchestras over the past years, Maway is a member of the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, an auditioned choir that consists of the top high school vocalists in Minnesota. He also enjoys soccer, wrestling, running track, listening to music and performing. Also joining with Maway will be his brother Kori, together they will play Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. Maway and Kori are children of Elizabeth and Ronal Quillo of Long Prairie.

The public is invited to attend this free concert. There will be baskets for freewill donations. The string orchestras are supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, US Bank, private donations and the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.

For more information, call the Music Center at (320) 632-0637 or visit www.sfmusiccenter.org.