The Annual Red Dress Event

On February 4, 2017 Peery’s Egyptian Theater and the Egyptian Theater Foundation will present the second concert of Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s 2016-2017 season. This concert, which is billed as the Annual Red Dress Event, is sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center, and will be a celebration of February as American Heart Month.

The concert will open with a performance of Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra. Laura Huggard, the orchestra’s principal horn, has brought together three other very talented horn players, Anita Miller, Sonja Reynolds, and Natalie Douglass, collectively named the Sego Lily Quartet, to perform this virtuosic composition. https://sites.google.com/site/segolilyhorns/

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Laura is an Assistant Professor of Horn at Weber State University. Dr. Huggard’s professional education includes two Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Idaho, one in vocal/instrumental education and the other in horn performance. In addition, she earned the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2004 in horn performance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in horn performance.

Following the Schumann the concert will move in a different direction, introducing our solo guest artist Brian Booth. Brian is a well-known saxophonist from Salt Lake City. He has written and arranged the music that he will perform with the orchestra.  First up will be his arrangement of My Foolish Heart, in honor of American Heart Month. This will be followed by his composition Jazz Creek, a composition in four sections – Prologue, Up, Jazz Creek, and Without a Paddle. It’s going to be great fun.

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Brian has a bachelor’s degree in jazz composition and a master’s degree in jazz studies, both from the University of Utah. Brian also freelances, performing with many of the premier groups from around the Salt Lake area. He also works with musicians all along the Wasatch Front as well as Jackson, Wyoming. He has performed with numerous notables including Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Mel Tormé, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra Jr., Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney, Debby Boone, and many others. Brian is a member of the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra (SLCJO) where he plays lead tenor saxophone. He also occasionally works with the Utah Symphony.

In 2004, Brian was awarded the Utah Arts Festival Jazz Composition Commission. He has written and arranged numerous big band and combo charts which are creative and distinctive, some of which are available through his website: http://brianboothmusic.com/

Brian and his good friend Kevin Stout have released four CD’s under their own label, Jazzed5 Records. Brian and Kevin’s recordings have been heard throughout the world and are available at CDBaby, Amazon and I-tunes.

The concert will take place at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. This will be the orchestra’s second concert in this wonderful theater. The first concert was nearly sold out, and this one, the Annual Red Dress Event, always has a large audience, so get your tickets early online.

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 beginning January 1, 2017, online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://coofeb417.brownpapertickets.com

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, but free tickets cannot be reserved online, and are only available at the door if there are seats available.

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

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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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