Susquehanna Symphony presents a spicy benefit concert Sunday

If variety is the spice of life, then Sunday's chamber concert to benefit the Judith Lloyd Famous Scholarship Fund should be spicy indeed.

Members and guests of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra present a program beginning with chamber music by Debussy, Mozart, Glazunov and Mendelssohn and ending with steel drums. In between, a group of cellos and another of trombones play up a storm.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 Churchville Road in Bel Air.

Admission is free, but a freewill offering will benefit the scholarship fund named for the late Judith "Judi" Famous, longtime principal oboist with the SSO. Since 2009, the fund has awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships to more than 30 deserving music students.

The concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Raymond Dombroski, a well-known musician and instrumental music teacher at Bel Air High School who played violin with the SSO during the last year and a half of his life.

It seems fitting that a violin belonging to Mr. Dombroski should again play in concert, this time in the hands of SSO violinist Dr. Andrew Nowakowski. Esther Dombroski, the widow of "Mr. D," lent him the instrument. Nowakowski will open the concert with Debussy's "Reverie," a violin solo.

"Ray joined the SSO in 2007," Nowakowski recalled. "He and I played the first movement of Bach's 'Double Violin Concerto' during the silent auction at the Christmas concert. Chris Dillon accompanied on piano."

"Mr. D" died in August of the next year.

Soprano Katie Bohdel, daughter of SSO concertmistress Wendy Bohdel, will sing with a chamber group, which includes her mother, in Mozart's "Exultate Jubilate." The first movement of Mozart's "Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581" follows, performed by one clarinet, two violins, viola and cello.

Traditional chamber music groups will perform pieces by Glazunov and Mendelssohn, followed by "The Lover's Waltz" and "Blessing," by SCOR-Bel Air. Nine cellos join forces to perform the Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana," and three trombones and a bass play Gounod's familiar "Funeral March of a Marionette." Trombones also play "It's a Blue World," "Frippery No. 8 (in Barbershop style)" and Henry Fillmore's famous "Lassus Trombone."

The rest of the program belongs to Steel Pandemic, a steel drum band organized by SSO flutist Doris "Dolly" Reinhardt. They play an arrangement of Richard Strauss' "Thus Spake Zarathrustra," followed by Fabulos Sync's "You Safe" and Bach's "Air on the G String." The program ends with a lively composition by Doris Reinhardt's son, Tim, who directs the Harford Strings Orchestra. It's called "Toca Como Loco," which translates to "Play Like Crazy."

Spicy enough for a Sunday afternoon?

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