Opening Concert of the 2019-2020 Orchestra Season

Music from China, the Czech Republic, and Spain by way of Russia will open Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s first concert of the 2019-2020 orchestra season, which takes place at Peery’s Egyptian Theater at 7:30 p.m. September 21.  Three works will be featured on this first concert.  Opening the concert will be Bedrich Smetana’s popular Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride.”  The Bartered Bride is a comic opera that of course leads to love conquering all.  The dances, titled Polka, Furiant, and Dance of the Comedians, are lighthearted and spirited, just like the opera.

Professor Shi-Hwa Wang, Professor of Violin at Weber State University will join for a performance of The Butterfly Concerto, a concerto for violin that was composed in 1959 by two Chinese composers in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution.  It’s based on the ancient legend of the Butterfly Lovers, a tragic love story about a pair of lovers.  The composers He Zhanhao, and Chen Gang were students at the Shanghai Conservatory when they wrote this concerto.  Since the end of the Cultural Revolution the concerto has become popular worldwide.

A native of Taiwan, Shi-Hwa Wang’s outstanding reputation as a violinist has earned him the post of concertmaster for several professional orchestras including the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, the Ballet West and Utah Chamber Orchestras in Salt Lake City, and the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria.  An avid chamber musician, he is the founding member of the Formosan Violin-Piano Duo, the Wasatch Piano Trio, Browning String Quartet, and the Kismarton String Quartet.  You can read more about him in the concert program.

The final piece on our one-hour and fifteen minute concert will be Capriccio Espagnol, Opus 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  This capriccio on Spanish themes began as piece for solo violin but soon morphed into the work that we know today.  Capriccio Espagnol is written five connected movements, Alborada, a set of variations, a return of the Alborada in a slightly different form, a gypsy scene and song, which includes virtuoso solos by a number of the instruments of the orchestra, and lastly a Fandango, which is a sensual Spanish dance.

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 and 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.

You can purchase season tickets for the three regular concerts for the reduced price of $15.00 for the three concerts at either the box office or through Smithstix.

Well-behaved children 8 and older are welcome to attend the concert.

For more information please visit our website:, our Facebook page at or contact Michael Palumbo at, 801-624-9232.  Follow us on Twitter at @ogdenmusic.

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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