Richmond Community Orchestra performs at Goddard Auditorium in Earlham College's Carpenter Hall in this supplied file photo.

Richmond Community Orchestra will perform a medley of music at its early spring concert, Sunday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m.

The performance takes place in Goddard Auditorium in Earlham College’s Carpenter Hall, 801 National Road W., Richmond.

Musicians have been rehearsing Handel’s “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon”; Rimsky-Korsakoff’s “Antar Symphony – Mvt. 3”; Sibelius’ “Varsang” or “Spring Song,” Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien, Op. 45”; Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”; Offenbach’s “Overture from Orpheus in the Underworld” and Saint-Saens’ “Marche Militaire Francaise.”

Admission is free; donation jars will be available afterward if patrons would like to help the all-volunteer orchestra with its expenses.

RCO’s musicians range from high schoolers to retirees in Wayne, Preble, Darke and Union counties. Some have taught music and others work in careers including medicine, dentistry and information technology. Jay Conard of Preble County, Ohio serves as music director.

In addition to several performances for area residents each year, RCO provides group violin lessons and instrument rentals to local children at no charge. This year’s partner organizations for lessons are Townsend Community Center Inc. and Preble Arts in Eaton, Ohio.

The idea for the orchestra developed in Fall 2008 when musicians playing for a Richmond Civic Theatre production wondered if they could get together more often to rehearse and perform a variety of music.

The orchestra’s next concert is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Eaton (Ohio) Performing Arts Center.

For more information, visit the orchestra’s website at

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A version of this article appeared in the March 1 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.