Orchestra presents ‘French Masters’

The Nashua Chamber Orchestra, with music director David Feltner, will present its second concert of the 2011-12 season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Judd Gregg Hall at Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Milford Town Hall on the Oval.

“French Masters” will feature works by Faure, Gounod, Debussy, Ravel and Saint-Saens. Prize-winning young artist Francesca Bass will be the featured violin soloist. Bass has appeared as a concerto soloist with several New England orchestras. She was featured on the national radio program “From the Top” and was the first-prize winner in the 2008 Connecticut International Young Artist Competition. Bass appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang at the 2006 Deval Patrick gubernatorial inauguration in Massachusetts.

Bass, a student at New England Conservatory, has performed as concertmaster of several youth orchestras and toured central Europe. Now 16 and a junior at Brookline (Mass.) High School, Bass began her violin studies at age 4.

Bass will be featured with the NCO in the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Opus 28 (1863), of Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), a work written for young virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, who premiered it in Paris in 1867. The composer’s fascination with Spanish dance music permeates this work, which is thought to have inspired Bizet’s beloved opera “Carmen.”

Tickets are $8-$15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua and the Toadstool Bookshop in Lorden Plaza. For more information, visit www.nco-music.org or call 566-6024.