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FullScore Chamber Orchestra Takes 5!

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  • Poster for the concert.

    Poster for the concert.
    Paul Hefner

Paul Hefner

FullScore Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Artistic Director Ron Arden, is proud to announce the second annual Mark Rymer Tribute concert "FullScore Takes 5" on Saturday, April 27th at 7:30pm. Featuring the music of Beethoven and Brubeck, and in true style of this regional ensemble, the music will be a spectacular blend of classical and jazz. On the program is the ever explosive Symphony No. 5 of Beethoven and a newly commissioned piece in Mark's honor. The Mark Rymer Jazz Ensemble, led by Tony Kidonakis, will also be in full force playing the best of the late Dave Brubeck - including his famous "Take 5", the first recorded piece ever in a 5/4 rhythm outside the classical world. The repertoire for this event is chosen specifically to reflect Mark Rymer's love of both the classical and jazz worlds.

Honoring former principal trumpet player Mark Rymer, this concert will celebrate his life in all aspects. Mark passed away suddenly at the age of 34 in April of 2011 and was a founding member of FullScore, the band director at Zion Benton High School for 9 years, and a true ambassador for the arts in every way. The endowment committee made up of some of Mark's family and some FullScore Members will be sponsoring the concert and looking to replenish the endowment and scholarship funds named in Mark's memory. This year's scholarship recipients will be announced at the concert. Money is given to gifted and qualified seniors at Zion Benton H.S. who are going to major in music at the collegiate level.

The concert takes place on Saturday, April 27th at 7:30pm, at the splendid and spacious sanctuary of St. Paul the Apostle Church on the corner of Gages Lake Road and Hunt Club Road in Gurnee. There is ample parking and tickets are only $10 both by calling 847-746-3472 and at the door. You may also visit the orchestra website for more information at