On March 23 Fairy Tales Come Alive in Music

“Fairy Tales Come Alive in Music and Art” is the theme of Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s March 23, 2019 concert.  The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, where we will perform a wide variety of music inspired by fairy tales from around the world.

This concert is presented by Peery’s Egyptian Theater and Chamber Orchestra Ogden and will be a family concert without age restrictions other than no-babes-in arms.  Our repertoire will include such pieces as The Witches Ride, The Sandman Song, and Evening Prayer from “Hansel and Gretel”, music from Beauty and the Beast, Mozart’s aria The Queen of the Night from “The Magic Flute, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite, and other works.  A special highlight will be the Rimsky-Korsakov The Flight of the Bumblebee from “Tsar Saltan,” in an arrangement for woodwind quintet.

We will be featuring two soloists on this concert, coloratura soprano Cheryl Fowers, and mezzo-soprano Kiersten Erickson.  Here is some information on these two fine singers.

Cheryl Fowers graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During her college career she was privileged to play the prestigious role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. As a junior, Cheryl performed on Concerto Night with her sister Olivia singing The Flower Duet from “Lakme.” As a senior, Cheryl was the recipient of the esteemed Craig Jessop Scholarship. Towards the end of her college career, Cheryl was again chosen to perform as a concerto night soloist, performing Bell Song from “Lakme.” Around that same time she was excited to find out that she was also expecting her first child.

Soon after she graduated, Cheryl and her husband Chad welcomed their first baby girl in the fall of 2015. Cheryl and Chad welcomed another baby girl into their family in the summer of 2017. Cheryl loves being a mom and considers it her greatest and most fulfilling “role.” Apart from being a mother of two busy little girls, Cheryl owns and operates her own vocal studio in the northern Utah area, and loves to perform whenever possible.

Cheryl is grateful for her parents for all of their encouragement and support. She thanks her husband and children for giving her the passion to be her best self, and God who gave her all these gifts in the first place. She would like to especially recognize and thank her beloved teacher and mentor, Evelyn Harris, who has been her vocal instructor for nearly 10 years.

Kiersten Erickson is a recent graduate of the University of Utah, completing a degree in vocal performance. She has had many wonderful performance opportunities with the U of U Opera and is branching out to more professional work, most recently as soloist in the Sterling Singers Christmas concert this last December.

Her most recent performances include Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Trouble in Tahiti with the Lyric Opera Ensemble at the U of U, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with Next Ensemble, directed by Dr. Errik Hood from USU, and conducted by Gabriel Gordon.

Kiersten sings with the Utah Symphony Chorus at Abravanel Hall, as well as with a new community choir, Amavi, under the direction of Sonja Poulter. Singing is her greatest passion, and she is so excited to be performing with Chamber Orchestra Ogden.

Two young dancers from Imagine Ballet Theatre will dance as Hansel and Gretel in the Dream Pantomime from the opera. Issac Haraala will dance as Hansel, and Alison Umbrell will dance as Gretel.  Raymond Van Mason from IBT is providing the choreography for their dance.

Chamber Orchestra Ogden is partnering with the WSU Summer Strings Program and The Local Artisan Collective to provide scholarship money for disadvantaged children to attend art or music camp.  To this end we will be hosting a silent auction of fairy tale related artwork in all mediums beginning at 6:30 and continuing for one hour after the concert.  Among the well-known local artists who are donating artwork are Collin Noortmann Chandler, Mark Seawell Photography, Roberta Glidden, and Suzanne Storer.  For information on donating artwork please email contactchamberorchestraogden.org or call 801-624-9232.

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 http://www.smithstix.com/music/all-music/classical-orch/event/22541/chamber-orchestra-ogden-concert-mar-23  As always active military, veterans, and their families are admitted without charge to all COO concerts, as are music students ages 8-18.

All well-behaved children are welcome at this concert.  No babes-in-arms please.

For ongoing information please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at contactchamberorchestraogden@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.

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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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