Season Opener October 22 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater

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Chamber Orchestra Ogden will open our first concert of the 2016-2017 season on October 22 with a performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Opus 84. Joining us for this overture will be the Ogden Youth Orchestra, which is a part of the Weber State University String Project.

Following the Beethoven we will switch gears and perform a short and exciting piece by Humperdinck titled Witches Ride. This is taken from Humperdinck’s well-known opera “Hansel and Gretel.” We will follow this up with In the Hall of the Mountain King from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. The combination of these two make a perfect prelude for Halloween.

Our featured soloist will be cellist Viktor Uzur, professor of cello at Weber State University, and internationally known concert artist. Viktor will perform Dvořák’s virtuosic Cello Concerto in b minor, Opus 104. Dvořák wrote the concerto while he was in New York serving as the Director of the National Conservatory. He began the concerto on 8 November 1894 and completed on 9 February 1895.

Viktor Uzur has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and artist in residence in many countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

His performances, interviews and compositions have been broadcast on television and radio stations in the former Yugoslavia, Russia, and United States. Uzur is regularly featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” with the Richter Uzur Duo. His most recent recordings include “Solo Cello”, “String Theory”, “Viktor Uzur in Recital” and “Entertainers”. Uzur is the cello professor at Weber State University where he is also founder and director of the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival.

“…unbelievable pyrotechnics that bring to mind the virtuosity of David Oistrakh’s recordings…effortlessly à la Rostropovich in his prime…synergistic combination of Casals and du Pré-like fire and Fournier’s elegance.” (Fanfare Magazine)

This concert will be our first in our new performing venue, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. The 1924 theater was built in an era of sumptuous movie palaces, and has been returned to its original elegance. Peery’s Egyptian Theater boasts state-of-the-art technology, including the restored atmospheric lighting, which resembles a setting desert sun evolving into a sparkling night cosmos.

Michael Palumbo, the orchestra’s music director, and the members of the orchestra are very excited to be able to perform in such a magnificent setting, and they look forward to seeing the many friends who have faithfully supported previous years’ concerts, as well as many new friends.

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age.coo-poster-102216-v4

Well behaved children 8 years and over are welcome to attend.

The concert begins at 7:30, and tickets are still $5.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589671

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About Michael Palumbo

Michael A. Palumbo is Music Director and Conductor of Chamber Orchestra Ogden. For thirty-one years he was the Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Viola at WSU, retiring in June of 2013. Michael's conducting credits include performances by the "Stars of the Soviet Ballet" and the "Bolshoi Ballet.” He has conducted All State and other honor orchestras and festivals in the Midwestern and western regions of the United States, and is an assistant conductor for Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to his conducting, Michael is associate principal violist of the Ballet West Orchestra, and principal violist of the American Festival Orchestra. From 2002 through 2008 Michael was a member of the National Executive Board of the American Viola Society (AVS), and at the 2008 International Viola Congress he received the Founders Award from that organization. In 2014 he was elected President-Elect of the AVS. Michael is a former national secretary of ASTA. He has twice held the office of president of the Utah Chapter of ASTA (UASTA), and has twice been the recipient of the UASTA Educator of the Year award. A long time member of the American Federation of Musicians, he is currently president of Local 104 of the AFM. In1997 he collaborated with David Dalton to found the Utah Viola Society, and served as it’s first president. For recreation Michael likes to take motorcycle trips with his wife, travel, see family, make wine and beer, and play jazz and blues at several local clubs. He also spends a lot of time writing grant proposals to help pay the members of Chamber Orchestra Ogden.

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