MARICOPA — Continuing a long-time local tradition, the Maricopa Music Circle chamber orchestra, the city’s premier musical ensemble, will perform an evening of appealing and inventive holiday music and seasonal sounds appropriate to the spirit this time of year at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at the Black Box Theatre at the Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center.

The Maricopa Arts Council is presenting this spirited full-length evening program, entitled “Holiday Serenade.”

“Holiday Serenade 2016” offers delightful Christmas treats such as carols and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” These are balanced by luxurious arrangements tailored specially for the orchestra, such as Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” along with other music that celebrates the holidays’ reflective mood as well as their splendor and joy.

Other concert features include two solo turns performed by soprano Theresa Judkins, including the glittering “Rejoice, Rejoice Greatly” from Handel’s masterpiece oratorio, “Messiah,” before the evening closes in celebration with that oratorio’s well-known “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Program highlights includes two Maricopa firsts in which solo spotlights abound: Two movements from Maurice Ravel’s orchestral version of his own haunting Tombeau de Couperin, which features Ravel’s favorite instrument, the oboe. And the evening will begin with the regional premiere of J.S. Bach’s entire Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.

The Brandenburg offers a perfect showcase for MMC, being an “orchestra of soloists,” since it is a concerto for two flutes and one solo violin. Maricopa Music Circle’s performance of Bach will actually trade off these duties amongst its four flutists, Suzette Moe, Kelly Dollar, Brandon Wells and Gary Zaimont, and its first and second violinists, David Kordahl and Genevieve Ehrbright.

Throughout the Bach piece the entire orchestra presents a splendid musical frame from which the soloists suddenly come forward to shine, all cast in a magnificent propulsive weave.

The MHS Performing Arts Center is located at 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave. The evening will conclude with light refreshments for the audience and performers, offering a perfect chance to mingle with the musicians. Organizers noted that seating in the theater is limited, so they recommended purchasing tickets early or arriving early.

Tickets are $15 each and are available online at or at the door. For children younger than 14, tickets are $7.50 each.

More information is available by emailing or by calling lead violist Laura Olivieri at (520) 316-6268. Phone calls are returned in the evening hours between 6-8 p.m., Olivieri said.

Maricopa Music Circle is the city’s premiere 16-piece chamber orchestra, bringing together local musicians of all ages who primarily are music professionals at a high level. Founded in 2010 originally as a small ensemble, MMC is unique because it performs standard orchestral music and popular favorites entirely without a conductor.

Every MMC performer, from piccolo to tuba, serves as coach and supervisor several times each season, and the orchestra produces a rich, colorful and true symphonic sound. MMC performs throughout Maricopa from City Hall to UltraStar at Ak-Chin Circle and in nearby cities.

The orchestra’s programs are always colorful and varied, including everything from full orchestral works to classical instrumental and vocal solos, seasonal music, popular tunes, jazz, and great standards from the big band era to the present, all in arrangements specially tailored for the orchestra.

The Maricopa Music Circle is a charter member of the Maricopa Arts Council.