Pinellas County and its neighbors are truly blessed to have SO MANY live music opportunities available for performers.
With over 18 bands, 12 community choirs and at least 6 orchestras in the region, there is something for everyone.
Or is there?
It turns out that the current focus of most adult community music orchestras in Pinellas County is to perform traditional orchestral music, which can actually be quite difficult.
It’s great stuff, and a meaty challenge for performers who are up for it and whose fingers still move that quickly!
But what about performers whose abilities haven’t been kept fresh over the years?
Or who never really got the practice time more serious students dedicated themselves to?
Or who only just began learning to play?
What happened to just having fun as opposed to really hard work?
The Dunedin Music Society has recognized this gap and provided beginner and returner adult performers with opportunities to play in groups like the Pinellas Community Players. Indeed, this has become an established community-focused ensemble while the Dunedin Concert Band continues to explore advanced repertoire in its venue-based performances.
But what about string players?
What is available for them?
The Suncoast Symphony and the Tampa Bay Symphony are both established classical music ensembles that get bows scraping to big repertoire, and until recently, the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra was the only viable option for string players who want to play lighter pops and easier arrangements of familiar tunes outside the PPCO’s Summer Strings program.
But now that the PPCO’s regular season focus has shifted also, where do the intermediate and beginner adult string players go to connect with live music during the winter months?
The DMS, of course!
Because the DMS avoids duplicating what is already available, we want to see who’s actually interested in something less challenging. So we’re hosting a one-time get-together for string players:
At the end of this year, an ensemble called the “DMS Winter Strings” will present two performances of a family-friendly holiday concert in North and Central Pinellas County.
It’s ideal for performers struggling or too busy or too new to keep up with the big repertoire, using what the publishers call “Medium” and “Medium-Easy” sheet music.
Just four fun rehearsals and two performances, all on Thursday evenings, is the only commitment we ask.
Conducted by our very own Maestro Stephen P Brown, the DMS Winter Strings is a wonderful opportunity, and fills a much desired need for simpler music played really well.