The Port Angeles High School Chamber Orchestra plays at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., for the church’s Music Live with Lunch series. They’ll play for 45 minutes with cookies and tea available before the show. Submitted photo

The Port Angeles High School Chamber Orchestra plays at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., for the church’s Music Live with Lunch series. They’ll play for 45 minutes with cookies and tea available before the show. Submitted photo

PA High’s chamber orchestra highlights special Music Live with Lunch show

This month, organizers of Music Live with Lunch are changing format.

Rather than playing a set at noon on the third Tuesday of the month, the Port Angeles High School Chamber Orchestra plays at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave. The group plays a number of selections for 45 minutes in the sanctuary including Handel’s “Overture from Messiah,” Bach’s “Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” and John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby.” Tea and cookies precedes the performance in the parish hall at 3 p.m. The luncheon returns to its regular format at noon on Feb. 20. Tickets for the chamber orchestra show are $10 at the door or in advance at the church’s office from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday with proceeds supporting local, regional and global concerns. For more information, call 683-4862.

Dr. James Ray leads the chamber orchestra for the first year after seven years helping build Port Angeles’ string program in elementary schools and in middle school. Ray also serves as guest clinician and adjudicator for school string programs. As a violinist he’s served as a soloist and concertmaster with the Port Angeles Symphony, as a collaborator with the Northwest Women’s Chorale and the RainShadow Chorale, and a section violinist in the Salem Chamber Orchestra. A former military bandsman, Ray also served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a keyboardist, percussionist, and rehearsal conductor.

For this show, he’ll lead several students musicians including on violin I: Lauren Rankin, concertmaster, Marley Cochran, Lum Fu, Meiqi Liang; violin II: Charlotte Hertel, principal, Sienna Porter, Emilyann Peterson, Shinia Kildall; Viola: Lauren Waldron, principal, Meghan Stinard, Rose Alexander, Madison Orth; Cello: Evan Cobb, principal, Madelynne Jones, Karson Nicpon, Senator Atwater; bass: Senator Atwater; Harp: Emilyann Peterson; flute: Tana Hiigel and Makena Merideth.

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