Keith Cochrane conducts the San Juan College Orchestra during a concert in December. The Orchestra will be performing on Friday.
Keith Cochrane conducts the San Juan College Orchestra during a concert in December. The Orchestra will be performing on Friday. (Greg Yee/The Daily Times)
FARMINGTON — San Juan College's music department will present its first concert of 2013 at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Little Theatre.

The college's Orchestra and Sinfonietta groups will take concert-goers on a musical journey from the Romantic era to the modern pop of Coldplay.

The concert's centerpiece will be a special performance of Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major by Jessica Baronet.

Baronet is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University and teaches in Kirtland.

"This concerto is my heart," Baronet said. "It's what kept me in music when I was younger."

Practicing her favorite piece with the college orchestra has been enjoyable, she said

"They're a great community college orchestra," Baronet said. "It's just a mix. You have high school (students), youth and (older musicians)."

Friday evening's concert lineup promises to engage the audience, she said.

"We're going to have pieces that (the community is) really going to recognize, but we'll also have these beautiful romantic pieces," Baronet said. "For me as an educator, it's really exciting."

In addition to the Strauss concerto and Coldplay's "Clocks," the groups will perform selections from Howard Shore's "Lord of the Rings" score, the fourth movement of Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor and other pieces.

Concert preparations have not come without their unique challenges.

"This Strauss piece is the most challenging piece the orchestra has ever performed," said Keith Cochrane, Instrumental Music Program Director at the college.


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"The orchestra is fresh from performing (Handel's "Messiah') and has only had one month to prepare. Usually we have two or three months to prepare for a concert, so those preparations have been feverish. I am filled with admiration for the diligence and hard practicing of our musicians."

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Call the college Box Office at 505-566-3430 for more information on the concert.