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Reston Community Orchestra Celebrates ‘Caribbean Night’

Beverly Cosham, President of the Board of Directors of the Reston Community Orchestra, sings at "Caribbean Night."

Beverly Cosham, President of the Board of Directors of the Reston Community Orchestra, sings at "Caribbean Night." Photo by Michael McKee

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Joellyn Kinzer, a cellist, transformed the Reston Community Center into a Caribbean setting. She is pictured here with her husband Lloyd Kinzer, President of the Reston Chorale and Past President of the RCO.

"Well, that was fun, and it certainly was different!"

That’s the comment that was often heard as the appreciative crowd left the Reston Community Center Saturday evening. Utilizing a different venue and a totally new theme, the Reston Community Orchestra put on a successful Annual Benefit that was pleasing to everyone.

Indeed, it was different not to see cellists Joellyn Kinzer in a black gown and Kurt Usowski in his tux. To see Maestro Dingwall Fleary and clarinetist Davyd Breeskin in wildly colored floral shirts instead of being formally attired was a rather radical departure from the usual. And that’s precisely what the RCO desired. It was a casual night of island music, food, dancing, drinks and fun. The silent auction and the raffles were appreciated, as was the cash bar, and the "Resort Wear" contributed to this casual, happy evening.

The RCO will conclude celebrating their 24th season on Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. in the RCC with their always popular highlighting of young local talent, this year entitled "Embracing Youth."