Untamed Pops has been canceled

With all of the uncertainty about gathering people together in a confined area, even outdoors, I have made the decision to cancel the June 26 Untamed Pops Concert at the Ogden Amphitheater.  Holding this concert would mean putting the members of the orchestra at risk as they gathered to rehearse and perform, something I won’t do, and would encourage unsafe social congregating in the Amphitheater.

As of now we are still planning to open our 2020-2021 season on September 26, 2020 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.  Whether we are able to do this will depend on how things shape up for social gatherings this summer, and whether the theater management feels that it is safe.

I will keep all of you informed over the summer.  Everyone take care and stay safe.  We will get through this together.

Best Regards,

Michael Palumbo, Music Director

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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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