The lights dim. Upon the stage, the instruments, having warmed up in a discordant fabric of stray phrases, fall silent.  Onto the stage strides John Mario Di Costanzo, the maestro. Taking his place at the podium, he turns briefly to acknowledge the applause. He then lifts his baton... Under the spirited direction of conductor John Mario, this 50+ piece orchestra, primarily made up of desert community residents, will perform a diverse and dynamic program, taking students on a thrilling musical journey.


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