Tucson\\u0027s oldest community orchestra, the civic orchestra of tucson, has been around since 1975. reporter Caitlin Harrington speaks with two members about the work the orchestra does with tucsons\\u0027 youth as well as upcoming concerts and events.\\u000D\\u000A\\u000D\\u000AHerschel Kreloff \\u002D Artistic Director, Civic Orchestra of Tucson \\u000D\\u000AAlisha Nichols \\u002D General Manager, Civic Orchestra of Tucson

The Civic Orchestra of Tucson begins its annual summer season on Sunday.

The 60-member orchestra will perform at the Quail Creek Madera Clubhouse in Green Valley, starting at 3 p.m.

The concert will include solo performances by local winners of the orchestra's Young Artists' Competition, which was held in February.

"The highlight of this event is going to be the soloists, who are winners of our Young Artists' Competition, which we have done every year for the past 29 years," says orchestra Artistic Director, Herschel Kreloff.

The youth competition is an outgrowth of the the orchestra's musical instrument "petting zoos," at which anyone ages 1-100 has an opportunity to play an instrument.

"Generally, most of the teachers in this instrument petting zoo are musicians from the orchestra," say Alisha Nichols, orchestra manager. "We have gotten 5-year-olds to buzz a trumpet within a minute of working on it."

Tickets for Sunday's concert are $15 and are available at Quail Creek and the Green Valley~Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce.