FAIRFIELD — Three local musical groups get their seasons started this week with performances scheduled across Solano County. Meanwhile, would-be college students can get a leg up on college costs through a pair of college and scholarships nights.
The Solano Winds Community Concert Band kicks off its 19th season Friday with “Across the Pond: Classics by the Brits.”
The evening’s selections include “A Life on the Ocean Wave,” a poem-turned-song by Epes Sargent and set to music by Henry Russell. The words and music were inspired by ships entering the harbor at New York City.
Andrew Lloyd Webber gets his due in “The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” arranged by Warren Baker. Webber is the man behind such hits as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from the movie “Evita” and “Memory” from “Cats.”
The audience will also hear music from Gustav Holst, Zo Elliott, Philip Sparke, Percy Grainger and Ted Ricketts’ arrangement of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Symphonic Suite.”
The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. For more information, call 429-0289 or visit www.solanowinds.org.
The Solano Community Symphony opens its 2013-14 season Saturday and Sunday with performances in Fairfield and Vacaville.
Featured selections are Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italian,” Op. 45 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27.
Saturday’s show is at 8 p.m. at the Solano College Theater, 4000 Suisun Valley Road in Fairfield. Sunday’s show is at 3 p.m. at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive.
It’s the Solano Community Symphony’s 27th season. For tickets, visit www.solanosymphony.org/Tickets.html.
The Vallejo Symphony opens its 82nd season Saturday with its Young Giants performance
Featured selections are Beethoven’s “Coriolanus Overture,” Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 in D major with Emma Steele on violin, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St. in Vallejo. For tickets or more information, call 552-2400.
Will C. Wood and Vacaville high schools are teaming up once again this week to present their fourth annual college night – and any student in Solano County can benefit.
Representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities are confirmed for the event. Schools include the University of California and California State University, as well as a number of private institutions and even some from out of state.
A financial aid expert will also be available for families to discuss how to cover the ever-increasing cost of higher education.
The event is not limited to high school seniors or even high school students.
College night is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Vacaville High’s gym, 100 W. Monte Vista Ave.
The Vacaville Elks are hosting a college scholarship open house Saturday at the lodge in Vacaville.
All Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville, Dixon, Rio Vista and Winters high school students are encouraged to attend and apply for the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship, which ranges from $4,000 to $60,000.
Elks scholarship committee members will be on hand to answer questions about the scholarship program.
Reservations are not required. Applications and full instructions are available online at www.elks.org/enf/scholars. The deadline to submit completed applications is Dec. 6.
The lodge is located at 302 Parker St. For more information, call Bob Meador at 451-2527.
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