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Orchestra members each practice during the evening rehearsal on Dec. 3, moments before the Christmas concert was set to begin. 

 

 

 

 

It was just after 6 p.m. on the evening of Dec. 3 as the Norman Zech Reedley College Community College Orchestra practiced in the Forum Hall on campus for their annual Christmas concert which was set to begin at 7 p.m.

"Play it in the key of A for me," said vocalist Amanda Fritz as she stood front and center near a large grand piano and tuned her voice to be in harmony with the musicians instruments. 

"Let's start with 58, ready, two, three, four, same thing, fifty-eight," said orchestra conductor, Tom Fritz. "Two, three, and go…" 

And then all at once, everyone assembled their instruments, from violins, cello's, flutes and began to seamlessly play the song "Let it Go" from the Disney movie Frozen. 

"Great rehearsal everyone, now lets get ready we've got a few minutes before the concert begins," said Tom Fritz. 

The group relaxed and disbursed. 

The Norman Zech Reedely College Orchestra is named after its founder, Norman Zech. Zech came to Reedley in 1939 and taught instrumental music at the college. 

The concert has been a favorite of locals for many years. 

"I've always liked music," said Jacob Points. "But it's nice to actually start to dive into classical music. There are many of these classical instruments I'm drawn to; the cello, the violin, the french horn, they all produce such great sounds."

Points was sitting in the audience and made it a point to arrive early to find good seating. 

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