A night to celebrate the arts

Local artist Eleanor Blair works on a painting depicting oak trees on the campus of Santa Fe College, as the Gainesville Orchestra performs during the 30th Anniversary Gala Concert presented by the orchestra at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville on Friday.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.

The Gainesville Orchestra celebrated three decades of history and marked a new beginning Friday with its 30th Anniversary Concert at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall.

The performance included such works as Peter Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" and Wolfgang Mozart's Concerto No. 3 for horn and orchestra. The latter featured guest horn soloist Aaron Brask — a member of the original Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, which first performed publicly in the early 1980s.

Friday's concert, conducted by orchestra musical director Evans Haile, also marked the first in which the ensemble performed as the Gainesville Orchestra, dropping the "Chamber" from its name as an acknowledgement of the role it plays as a professional and full-sized classical ensemble in Gainesville.

The performance also marked a return appearance by Gainesville artist Eleanor Blair, who painted an artwork onstage during the performance that was auctioned afterward to benefit the orchestra.

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