String players invited to join local group

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Idyllwild harpist Christian Chalifour is hosting an ongoing small orchestra rehearsal group on Tuesdays.
Photo courtesy Christian Chalifour

Idyllwild harpist Christian Chalifour is hosting an ongoing small orchestra rehearsal group from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Idyllwild Center for Spiritual Living on Ridgeview Drive in The Courtyard.

He is seeking any string players (violin, viola, cello or bass) who perhaps haven’t played their instruments in a while, and would like to join a user-friendly group to explore some light classical and pops music for string orchestra.

Also assisting will be Dottie Goldfarb, who served as Chalifour’s concertmaster for many years. Then starting in September, those playing in the Tuesday-morning group here in Idyllwild will be invited to join the Desert Chamber Orchestra, which rehearses Tuesday evenings in Palm Desert.

Chalifour founded the Desert Chamber Orchestra in 2012. Chalifour previously led the Coachella Valley Symphony and its Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony for 15 seasons. Solo artists who will appear during the 2017-18 DCO Season include Idyllwild-based master cellist John Walz (of Pacific Trio fame), who will perform the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto and Chalifour’s cousin, Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will play Vivaldi’s ever-popular “Four Seasons.”

For more information, call 951-205-4119 or email desertmaestro77@gmail.com.

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