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Guitarist highlights Cherokee Symphony Concert

Monday, February 23, 2009

Jason Deroche
The one-of-a-kind Cherokee Symphony performed its Mid-Winter Concert on Sunday, February 22.

The talented area musicians, under the baton of Maestro Lee Thorson performed at the Cherokee Community Center, beginning at 4 p.m.

The special guest artist was classical guitarist Jason Deroche of Chicago.

As one of the most exciting guitarists of his generation, Jason Deroche fuses an Old World tradition with an understanding of the pop culture of today. Playing anything from Bach to Beatles, Deroche leaves his audiences delighted with his relaxed performance style and candid sense of humor. The diversity of his abilities has led to his collaborations with some of Chicago's finest musicians.

Deroche is highly sought after as a guitar instructor. Students of all ages and abilities enjoy his unique insight and relevant instruction that could only come from a life-long intimacy with the guitar.

Deroche resides in LaGrange, Illinois with his wife Sherri and their daughters, Peri and Clara. He and his wife play in a guitar and violin duo called Ten Strings. To learn more about him and his craft, go to www.jasonderoche.com.

Deroche performed for about twenty mintues with the Symphony, dazzling concertgoers with his nimble playing on Joaquin Rodrigo's Concerto De Aranjuez. He then came back on stage to play another tune by a Paraguayan composer and also showed his sense of humor. While tuning his guitar, DeRoche made the comment that he had spent "half (his) life tuning the guitar and the other half playing out-of-tune."

The 60-member symphony concluded the evening with the performance of the five movement "Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60" by Sergei Prokofiev and the stirring "Crown Imperial Coronation March."

The city of Cherokee is believed to be the smallest city in the U.S., if not the entire world, to have their own symphony orchestra. It was founded in 1956 by Merle Robinson and Della Beth Thomson, and its members, who generally perform three concerts a year, come from throughout Northwest Iowa. Conductor Lee Thorson has served as the Symphony's conductor since 1981.

The Symphony's final performance of the season will be Sunday April 19th at the Cherokee Community Center, at 4 p.m. Three young artists who were selected through auditions will be the guest soloists. Admission to all concerts is $10 and students are admitted free.

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