Centre Strings to hold spring concert


The Centre Strings orchestra will present its spring concert at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Centre’s recital hall.

Admission to the concert is free. Centre Strings is Coweta County’s only community-student string ensemble and the orchestra has been sponsored this year by Newnan’s Cargill.

Works to be performed include music from the film “Frozen” and other Disney classics, English folk songs, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto in D.

The ensemble will be joined by special guest artist Renée Hemsing Patten on the violin.

The orchestra is led by Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, who will also conduct the May 19 performance. Schenbeck is Coweta County’s 2013 Teacher of the Year and has taught music on every level for over 40 years, including conducting orchestras and choirs all over the United States and Eastern Europe. Currently, Schenbeck is the Director of the Arts at the Central Educational Center, a Charter College and Career Academy, where she teaches five classes and directs Internships in the Arts.

The student/community string orchestra does not have formal auditions. Anyone who has been playing the violin, viola, cello, or upright bass for at least two years is welcome to join rehearsals, which are held Tuesday evenings in Schenbeck’s classroom at CEC.

Since the group’s founding in 2004 it has grown from an original eight members to more than 40, with members ranging from “ages 8 to 80,” said Schenbeck. The ensemble holds a number of concerts throughout the year, performed at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, senior centers and local churches.

For more information on the concert or on Centre Strings, please call the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan at 770-254-2787 or Dr. Schenbeck at 678-423-2000, ext. 230.