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Eclectic mix of musicians play at Riverwalk Center

SAMANTHA STANDRINGspecial to the daily

Local musicians Moe Dixon and Leon Littlebird will be joined on Thursday by Chicago’s West Suburban Symphony Orchestra for the “Dvorak and Dixon” concert. It will take place at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include a performance of Dvorak’s famous New World Symphony. “Dvorak and Dixon” boasts an unusual mix of musical talent, with three different styles coming together for a unique performance. Guitarist and singer Dixon, best known for his popular apres ski show, will bring a folk-rock ballad genre, whilst Littlebird offers a Native American flute overture.The musicians connected several years ago, when one of the orchestra’s violinists, who owns a home at Copper Mountain, went to Dixon’s apres ski show with two other members of the orchestra. This led to the symphony beginning work with Dixon.In 2006, the symphony orchestrated a number of pieces for Dixon, said symphony president Richard Lukes. These were then performed in Illinois in June. Lukes added that Dixon wanted to do a similar performance this year, which the members of the symphony were keen to undertake after seeing the venue at Breckenridge in 2006.Lukes was enthusiastic about the audience size and the view of the mountains. “What else can you ask for?” he said. The relatively small Riverwalk Center is an ideal setting for symphony conductor Peter Lipari, who has shifted his focus to audience interaction. In response to desires for a similar performance to 2006, they will be using the same arrangement as their Illinois concert.”Dvorak and Dixon” is set up to be a celebration of American culture. Dvorak’s Symphony is actually sub-titled “From the New World,” and the concert will include a Native American blessing style performance. “This concert celebrates the spirit of our great country,” Lukes said.Though the nature of this concert may seem unusual, Lipari feels that this is “probably a direction a lot of symphony orchestras are going these days.”He adds that hopefully people will find the concert “really different and intriguing.”The symphony itself is an example of diversity and an ever-changing orchestra.Members range in age from 20 to 80 years old and represent a variety of professions including teachers, scientists and programmers. The symphony has also expanded greatly since Lipari joined in 2001. Before, they performed only four concerts a year. Now they have enough members to split into a symphony chorus, a chamber orchestra and a festival orchestra. Their growth in numbers and talent has allowed them to tour to Great Britain, as well as play various venues in northern Illinois.Breckenridge now becomes the lucky host of this orchestra and its co-performers.

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