Chamber orchestra offers musical fun with Mozart and more

The concert will include Mozart’s “Ein Musikalischer Spass,” Vivaldi, Bruch, WF Bach, and even a game of musical chairs.

The Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra (VMCO) will return to the Kay White Hall of Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, with “Ein Musikalischer Spass.”

The concert is named, in German, for Mozart’s famous composition, “A Musical Joke,” a divertimento for two horns and string quartet, which will feature hornists Richard Reed and Jill Jaques in VMCO’s concert. The program will also include Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” and violist Maria Bokor will play Bruch’s “Romance for Viola and String Orchestra — an evocative work.

Bokor studied with Mischa Geller at the Utrecht Conservatory with Jaroslav Karlovsky at the University of Victoria, and David Holland at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She founded and directed Virtuosi Della Rosa in Portland Oregon for seven years, offering several world premieres of Northwest composers and multimedia performances blending elements of yoga, poetry, puppetry, photography and music.

Islander Danielle McCutcheon will join Bokor for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach’s “Viola Duet in G Major.” It will be performed using baroque bows, which offer a lighter, more playful and varied tone, highlighting the architecture of the music.

Vashon High School senior, Daalny Meyer, will perform the first movement of “Spring” from Vivaldi’s popular “Four Seasons.” She has loved all the Vivaldi pieces she’s played over the years, including the “Concerto in A minor.” Meyer is a longtime student of violin teacher Gaye Detzer, who teaches Suzuki classes at VCA.

In addition to all this, the concert will include a game of musical chairs with audience participation. In this version, if a participant “loses,” they stay onstage to play an instrument for the next round — a final measure of musical fun for all ages, especially the young at heart. Get tickets to the concert at or by calling 206-259-3007. Tickets are free for youth 18 and younger, others cost $15-$20.