Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2009 Spring concert program

The Spring concert program is up !

This concert features Tschaikovsky Overture.

- 1st Concert : May 20th, 6:30pm, Wednesday, Kearny Mesa Convalescent Hospital (Map)
- 2nd Concert : May 27th , 7:00pm, Wednesday, Potinger Senior Community Center (Map)

- Overture 1812, Peter Tschaikowsky
- Broadway Tonight, Hal Leonard
- Baroque Dance Suite, Francois Couperin
- Petite Caprice, G. Rossini
- Radetzky March, Johann Strauss
- Granada, Agustin Lara
- Pavane, Maurice Ravel
- Randeau, Joseph Mouret
- Armed Forces Medley, Arranged by Nancy Tipton

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

2009 Spring class members

Here's a picture chart of our devoted orchestra members (Click the picture to enlarge).

Saturday, November 22, 2008

2008 Fall Concert

The fall concert program !

This concert features lots of romantic composers and Ennio Morriconne.

- 1st Concert : Dec 3rd , 7:00pm, Wednesday, Potinger Senior Community Center (Map)
- 2nd Concert : Dec 7th, 6:30pm, Sunday, Kearny Mesa Convalescent Hospital (Map)
- 3rd Concert : Dec 10th, 7:00pm, Wednesday, Grossmont Gardens(Map)

- Russian Choral and Overture by Mozart (1756-1791) Arr. by Merle J. Issac
- The Dream of Scipione by Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Arr. by Thor Johnson
- Variations on a Paganini Theme by Rachmanioff (1873-1943) Arr. by Vernon F. Leidig
- Moods of Rachmaninoff by Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Arr. by Vernon F. Leidig
- Gabriel's Oboe by Enrio Morricone (1928) Arr. by Robert Longfield
- Radetzky March by Strauss (1864-1949) Edited by Clark McMillister
- Second American Folk Rhapsody by Clare Grundman (1913-1996)
- Song Without Words by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) Arr. by Roy Phillippe
- Fanfare for the Common Man by Arron Copland (1900-1990) Arr. by Robert Longfield
- Liszt Christmas Suite by Liszt (1811-1886) Arr. by Vernon Leidid

Oboe Soloist : Mr. Harry Grisworld

Marry Griswold was born on Pearl Harbor Day, 1941 in Rochester, NY. He learned to play the oboe in high school and has played in community groups since then. As an undergraduate he studied computer science and research psychology. He worked as a programmer and trainer until his retirement in 2000. Harry is a poet who holds an MFA in Writing degree from Pacific University. He teaches poetry workshops in Solana Beach and his book of poems, "Camera Obscura," was published in 2007 by Wordcraft of Oregon. A new manuscript is nearing completion. For more information about Harry, visit his website,

Sergei Rachmanioff

Sergei Rachmanioff, born April 1, 1873 and died March 28, 1943 was a Russian composer, pianist , and conductor. He was one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, the last great representative of Russian late Romanticism in classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom which included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestra colors.

Understandably, the piano figures prominently in Rachmanioff's compositional output, either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. He made it a point, however, to use his own skills as a performer to explore fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument.

A Poem by Harry Griswold

"Gabriel's Oboe"

We know Gabriel's supposed
to blow someday, like Dizzy Gillespie.
Music to take our minds off things
would be fine - if it weren't so final -
if it didn't set off saints marching in.

Morricone has Gabriel blowing
an oboe. Imagine Gabe charming snakes.
It's as odd as Louie tooting
a bassoon. But an oboe's made from
African Blackwood, far more elegant

than brass stamped out, let's say,
in Elkhart, Indiana. And oboe reeds
come from cane raised in France -
I know this because I used to scrape
my own - now I get them shipped down

from up above. Minnesota I mean.
Whatever horn Gabe chooses, I wonder
which song he'll play - and if he'll give
the composer royalties that are due.
Under the sudden circumstances

he could try to skip out without paying.
And don't you wonder if this'll be
Gabe's only gig, if he'll ever blow
that horn again ? What a waste
it would be. Why would.

eternal time strat with music
that gets tossed in a drawer ?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Post Concert Party 2008

Some of the orchestra members that celebrated at Coco's after the last spring concert (Click the picture to enlarge).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2008 Spring Concert Members

Here's a picture chart of our devoted orchestra members (Click the picture to enlarge).
We have lots of new members this year.
Many thanks to Virginia and Bjorn for updating the chart.

2008 Spring Concerts

The spring concert program !

This concert features patriotic songs and marches.

- 1st Concert : May 28 , 7:00pm, Wednesday, Potinger Senior Center (map)
- 2nd Concert : June 1, 7:00pm,Sunday, St. Paul's Villa (map)
- 3rd Concert : June 4, 7:00pm, Wednesday, Grossmont Gardens (map)

- Mille-Lac by Lou Mallory Luke (Arr. by Alford Colby)
- Symphony No. 94 "The surprise" by Franz Joseph Hayden (Arr. by Michael Hopkins)
- Swedish Rhapsody by Hugo Alfven Op. 19 (Arr. by Merle J Isaac)
- The Carillon by Irwin W. Greenfield (Arr. by Ray Wright)
- Sleeping Beauty Waltz by P.I. Tschaikowsky (Arr. by Merle J. Isaac)
- The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
- My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe
- Maytime by Simund Romberg
- The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini (Arr. by Bob Cerulli)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October 24th Class Cancelled due to wild fire


Due to the wild fire in San Diego.

There wil be NO class on October 24th, 2007.

Hope everyone is in safe.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

2007 autumn semester has begun !!

New semester has begun ~~

Time : Wednesday night 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Place : Hoover High School (4474 El Cajon Blvd,San Diego, CA 92115)

Contact : Dr. Russell G. Estes (conductor, 619-888-5552,

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

2007 Spring Concerts

The spring concert program !

This concert features patriotic songs and marches.


- 1st Concert : May 23, 7:00pm, Kearny Mesa Convalescent Hospital (map)
- 2nd Concert : May 27, 2:00pm, St. Paul's Villa (map)
- 3rd Concert : May 30, 7:00pm, Grossmont Gardens (map)
- 4th Concert : June 6, 7:00pm, Potiker Center (map)


Francaise Militaire, C. Saint-Saens, Arranged by E.Du Lamater

Symphony No. 40, 3rd and 4th mov., W.A. Mozart

Petite Caprice, G. Rossini, Arranged by Merle J. Issac

Brahms 1st Symphony, 4th Mov., J. Brahms, Arranged by V. Leidig

The Eagle's Nest, Emit Isenman

Italian Symphony, 3rd Mov., F. Mendelssohn, Arranged by V. Leidig

From the New World, A. Dvorak, Arranged by C. Paul Herfurth

Oh. What a Beautiful Morning, R. Rodgers, Arranged by R. Matesky

Armed Forces Medley, Arranged by Nancy Tipton

This is My Country, Arranged by R. Braun


Dr. Russel Este

Vocal Soloist

Miss Bethany Tennebaum
Miss Tennebaum, a telented vocalist, is our soloist for this series of concerts.
She has lived in San Diego County her whole life, having grown up in Ramona, where she graduated from high school. Her interest in singing was demonstrated by her involvement in all the school's vocal groups. She continued this keen interest at the university level graduating with a BA in Music Education in Chico. She later earned her teaching credential in music at San Diego State University. Miss Tennebaum is currently singing with the San Diego Master Chorale and performs with community theater groups.

A Program Note

The first desire is to provide music for our listening audience that will challenge and excite your musical interests. Light hearted music is performed between movements of a variety of symphonic literature. Starting with the French composer C. Saint-Saens and ending that part of the program with Dvorak's Music from The New World composed after he visited the United States.
Memorial Day, historically commemorated on the 30th of may, will be honored with two compositions, This is my Country and Armed Forces Medley.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

2007 spring semester has begun !!

2007 spring semester has begun since Jan. 3rd. Classes are on Wednesday eveniong 7:00pm at Hoover high school.New members are always welcome !

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

2006 Fall Class Open

2006 fall semester has begun since Sept. 6th.

Same as before, classes are on Wednesday eveniong 7:00pm at Hoover high school.

New members are always welcome !

Thursday, April 27, 2006

2006 Spring Concert

The spring concert program !
This concert features Mozart piano concertos and a lovely Waltz.

    - May 10 Wed 7:00pm, Senior Center
    - May 14 Sun 2:30pm, St. Paul Villa
    - May 17 Wed 7:15pm, Grossmont Gardens

  • Air on teh G String, J.S. Bach, 1685-1750
  • Norwegian Dances Nos. 2&3, Edward Grieg, 1843-1907
  • The Great Gate of Kiev, M. Moussorgsky, 1839-1881
  • Piano Concerto No.23, W.A. Mozart, 1756-1791
  • The Barber of Seville Overture, G. Rossini, 1792-1868
  • 5th Symphony, mvt. IV, P.I. Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893
  • Broadway Showstoppers, Arr. by Charles Sayre, contemporary
  • Starlight Waltz, Richard Dick Braun, Member of the orchestra
  • Train Trip (1964), Dr. Raymond Killgrove, Member of the orchestra


  • Dr. Russel Este


  • Dr. Conrad Bruderer

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Our string section

Shows our string section. They are both enthusiastic performers and friendly neighbors.

Greetings to musicians.

Our beloved conductor Russel, making a pose after a concert with his enchanting smile.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Tribute to the orchestra

In 1977 this orchestra, The Mid-City Community Orchestra, was founded (created) by their premier conductor, Ruth Harris. Years have passed quickly and many alumni members have moved on. However, there are several members who, with loyal devotion and dedication to this art form, have remained active, responsible musicians. It is obvious to our audiences that many performers still hear the voice of a parent, "Time to practice, dear".


Though age has taken its toll, these folks arrive at rehearsals each week ready, willing and motivated to accept the challenge of preparing concerts for you, our listening audience. So it is that we are here in your home to perform orchestral literature for your enjoyment.

Excerpted from the concert program('04).

Welcome musicians !

We're a friendly group of music lovers of all ages, levels, and instruments, sharing the joy of music.

Welcoming players of strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) , wind instruments, brass, percussion and any other orchestral instruments.

Time : Wednesday night 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Place : Hoover High School (4474 El Cajon Blvd,San Diego, CA 92115)
Contact : Dr. Russell G. Estes (conductor, 619-888-5552,

Free Registration - provided by San Diego-Community College District

Map to the rehersal place