Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will open our 2018-2019 season with a gala performance of a single work, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in d, Opus 125. The concert will take place in Ogden’s historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday September 29.

The symphony is Beethoven’s longest, and clocks in at about one hour in length. It is subtitled “Choral,” because in addition to the full orchestra, including low brass and percussion, Beethoven wrote for four vocal soloists and a choir in the final movement.

We are very fortunate to have four excellent vocal soloists and two fine choirs for this performance. Rachel Morris, soprano, Holly Nicole Dodson, mezzo-soprano, tenor David Sauer, and baritone Errik Hood will join the orchestra, along with the Weber State University Concert Choir, conducted by Mark Henderson and the Weber State University Alumni Choir, conducted by Evelyn Harris. Our music director Michael Palumbo will conduct the joint forces. All of our soloists have distinguished singing careers, and you can read more about them as they are featured individually at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://coo92918.brownpapertickets.com

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door, provided there are seats available.

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

For more information please visit our website: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@gmail.com; 801-624-9232.

COO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We extend our grateful thanks to Weber County RAMP, Ogden City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support. Special thanks to Robert and Marcia Harris for sponsoring this concert.

Our soloists from left to right: Rachel Morris, soprano, Holly Nicole Dodson, mezzo-soprano, David Sauer, tenor, and Errik Hood, baritone.

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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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