Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s Red Dress Concert

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will present our next concert on January 26, 2019.  This is the annual Red Dress Concert, which is sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center in honor of American Heart Month, with the goal of raising community awareness about heart health.

As is our custom on these concerts, we will again feature two of the orchestra’s many outstanding musicians as soloists.  The concert will begin with a performance of the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto in C for Oboe and Orchestra, with principal oboe Karen Hastings as the soloist. Next up will be the orchestra’s assistant concertmaster Elissa Krebs, who will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

After a brief presentation about heart health from ORMC the concert will be brought to a close with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Opus 56 “Scotch.”

A bit about our soloists:

Principal oboe Karen Hastings will perform Mozart.

Karen has played, taught and performed oboe for almost 20 years. She is a University of Utah graduate with a degree in Woodwind Performance and studied with Robert Stephenson; principal oboist of the Utah Symphony. She has been Principal Oboist with Chamber Orchestra Ogden for nearly four years.

Assistant Concertmaster Elissa Krebs will play Saint-Saëns.

Elissa Krebs holds a Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Violin Performance and a Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Music Education. She has studied with Hasse Borup, Shi-Hwa Wang, Lois Stout, and Javier Pinell. Elissa is a former Interlochen Emerson Scholar, Texas Music Festival Fellow, and has performed throughout North America, Europe, and China.

You can read more about Elissa and Karen in a separate post on this website.

Tickets for this concert are available by phone at 801-689-8700, or in person at the Egyptian Theater box office M-F from 10 am to 6 pm.  They may also be purchased online at   As always active military, veterans, and their families are admitted without charge to all COO concerts, as are music students ages 8-18, provided there are seats available.

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

For more information please contact Michael Palumbo at, 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 Ogden Regional Medical Center for sponsoring this concert.


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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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