It’s Our Annual Red Dress Concert

Our annual Red Dress Concert is coming up on February 8.  This concert is sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center, and is a celebration of American Heart Month, which is February of each year.  The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Ogden’s Historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, and it’s always one of the highlights of our orchestra season.

This year we will perform five works for orchestra, including two with members of the orchestra who were chosen to perform as soloists with us.  The concert will open with The Overture to “Dei Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr..  Die Fledermaus translates as “The Bat,” however rest assured that no bats were harmed in the opera.  In fact there are no bats in it at all except for the character Falke.  Look up a synopsis of the opera for more information,

Next up will be Prometheus Rapture (Seven Legends for Snare Drum and Orchestra) by Sean Beeson.  Our soloist on this is percussionist Matthew Kinney, who will play several of the movements. The piece was written for Dame Evelyn Glennie, who gave the world premiere.

Moving to music from Russia we will next present Igor Stravinsky’s set of very short pieces titled Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra.  These pieces are lively and in spite of the time period in which Stravinsky wrote them, quite tonal.

Carl Maria von Weber wrote his well-known Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in f minor in 1811.  It’s since become a staple of the clarinet repertoire.  Our orchestra clarinetist Shawn Berry will perform the first movement of the concerto with the orchestra.

Closing out the program will be Georges Bizet’s exciting Carmen Suite No. 1.  After Bizet’s death a close friend compiled this suite and the Suite No. 2 from Bizet’s best-known opera “Carmen,”  The suite ends with the rousing Les Toréadors.

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.

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 and Instagram chamberorchestraogden.

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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