Family Concert on April 8

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will close its 2016-2017 season with a family concert on April 8, 2017, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. Peery’s Egyptian Theater and the Egyptian Theater Foundation are presenting this concert.

The repertoire for the concert will be a mixture of familiar classics and popular pieces. We will open with an audience favorite, selections from Pirates of the Caribbean, and follow this with Mussorgsky’s ever-popular Night on Bald Mountain, a piece that became widely known thanks to its inclusion in Walt Disney’s Fantasia.

At this point we will introduce our piano soloist, Jason Lyle Black. Jason Lyle Black, known on YouTube as “The Backwards Piano Man®,” is an award-winning composer, concert pianist, and entertainer, and one of the few people in the world who can play the piano while pedaling with his head. Black’s show combines beautiful music, hilarious musical comedy, and incredible stage antics, for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Jason’s music videos have been viewed by more than 30 million people worldwide. In 2016, he released his record label debut, Piano Preludes, from award-winning independent label Stone Angel Music. Piano Preludes debuted at #1 on the iTunes New Age charts and #2 on the Billboard New Age charts, right below Enya. Critics hailed Piano Preludes as “masterful…overflowing with grace, reverence, and heart.”

Jason Lyle Black

Jason will provide a combination of musical comedy with music of Disney and others. The audience members will have a chance to request their favorite songs, which Jason will put together in an entertaining mashup.

The string section of the orchestra will then join Jason for two of his original pieces. We will bring the concert to an end with a version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

The 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:

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

Well-behaved children of all ages are welcome to attend. However, please no babes-in-arms.

For more information please visit our website:, or contact Michael Palumbo at, 801-624-9232.

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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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