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Mary Beth Orr Presents: ‘French Horn Folk Tales’

“Mary Beth Orr fuses the storytelling of folk music with classical solo horn and voice combined with the traditional melodies of her Appalachian heritage.”— Takeshi Abo

The bold and versatile sounds of the French horn combine with the soulful traditional melodies of Appalachian folk music in a performance by visiting Grand Rapids Symphony musician Mary Beth Orr.

Orr presents “French Horn Folk Tales” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall, at Alma College. The concert, sponsored by the Alma College Music Department, is free and open to the public.

“These very different styles combine to create a singularly unique and powerful folk-fusion experience,” says Alma College faculty violinist Takeshi Abo, who will join Orr on stage as one of three guest musicians. “Mary Beth Orr fuses the storytelling of folk music with classical solo horn and voice combined with the traditional melodies of her Appalachian heritage. The result is a poignant musical journey of the human spirit.”

In addition to Abo, guest musicians will include renowned lyric tenor William Watson and Central Michigan University collaborative artist Mina Son on piano.

Story published on March 07, 2018