Celebrating Diversity – Beethoven, Coleridge-Taylor, and Mariachi

The third concert of our 2019-2020 season takes place on March 28.  This concert of music and dance will feature the Utah Mariachi Program musicians and dancers who will join us for a fun-filled concert.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was an Afro-English composer and conductor who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  His Rhapsodic DanceThe Bamboula, Opus 75 was written in 1911, the year before his death.  This is the work will open tonight’s concert.

2020 is the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth.  His Symphony No. 6, Opus 68 “Pastorale” is one of only two symphonies that Beethoven actually named, the other being the Symphony No. 3, Opus 55 – “Eroica,” and one of his few compositions to have deliberate programmatic content.  According to Christopher H. Gibbs Beethoven’s full title was “Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life.”  This is one of our conductor’s favorite symphonies and we look forward to performing tonight.

Marx Huancas came to the US from Peru.  According to an interview conducted by Rocio Hernandez on KUER “Huancas was inspired to open a mariachi school in Utah as a way to help Latino parents like him who want to keep their families connected to their culture even while living in the United States.”

Marx is a talented performer and arranger, arranging music for his two ensembles, Mariachi Alma Ranchera de Utah, the adult group, and Mariachi Fuego, the children’s group.  For this concert Marx has arranged music that the orchestra will play as we accompany both groups, including dancers.

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 https://smithstix.com/calendar-results/event/23160/chamber-orchestra-ogden-mar-28.  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: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at contactchamberorchestraogden@gmail.com, 801-624-9232.  Follow us on Twitter at @ogdenmusic and Instagram chamberorchestraogden.  You can also access the Utah Mariachi Program Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marx.huancas.

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, the National Endowment for the Arts 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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