BURLEY — The 35th concert season of the Magic Philharmonic Orchestra commences this week with its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the King Fine Arts Center concert hall.

The Magic Philharmonic Orchestra is a non-profit group of over 60 musicians from the Mini-Cassia area. The selections performed range from classical works to modern show tunes.

The guest conductor for Thursday’s concert is Melissa Dayley. Born and raised in Texas, Dayley studied violin in high school with Dr. Stephanie Schweigart-Meyers of UTEP, and was a member of the El Paso Symphony her senior year of high school. She earned a B.M. in Music Education at USU, and her M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from BYU. She also completed an internship performing violin with the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet orchestra in Ha Noi, Vietnam. Dayley taught middle school orchestra in Houston for four years, but after finding and marrying an Idaho boy, she relocated to the Burley area, and currently teaches music at White Pine Elementary School and private violin lessons.

Featured artists for this concert are clarinetists Nichelle Holloway and Cortney Pearson, as the orchestra performs “Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra” by Franz Krommer. Holloway grew up in Burley and graduated from Burley High School in 1999. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance on clarinet and a minor on cello from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. While living there, she toured Germany and recorded a few CDs. She is currently playing clarinet in the Magic Philharmonic and teaches private lessons.

Pearson has been playing clarinet for 19 years. She placed first in the Idaho State Solo competition in 2002 and went on to play with the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra and the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra. She has played in concerts featuring Jon Schmidt and Jim Brickman, and is now second clarinetist in the Burley Philharmonic Orchestra. She lives in Burley with her husband and three small sons.

Other pieces being performed will be selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” and “West Side Story.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Cost is $10 for adults, $3 for students, and adult season tickets for $25 until after the first concert. Season tickets cover the Fall Concert, Christmas Concert (December 19), Mini-Cassia Youth Orchestra concert (February 9, 2018), and the Spring Concert (April 6, 2018).

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