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.

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 https://smithstix.com/music/event/23158/chamber-orchestra-ogden-sep-21.  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: 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.

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.

The 2019-2020 Orchestra Season

Here are dates and repertoire for our 2019-2020 Chamber Orchestra Ogden season titled “Exploring The World Through Music”

September 21, 2019 – Music from the Czech Republic, China, and Russia

  • Smetana – Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride”
  • He/Chen – The Butterfly Lover’s Concerto, featuring Shi-Hwa Wang, Professor of Violin at WSU
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Opus 34

November 2, 2019 – Kruger Brothers Concert.  Music from Switzerland by way of North Carolina.

Jens Kruger – Crossroads Ogden.  A musical celebration of Ogden and the railroad, in cooperation with Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music and Imagine Ballet Theatre.  You may have heard our collaboration at Ogden High School in 2012.  This is a new composition, and we know you will like it.

February 8, 2020 – Spanish music from France, music from Germany, the United States, and a swing around back to Russia.

  • Brahms – Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80
  • Weber – Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in f minor, first movement, featuring orchestra clarinetist Shawn Berry
  • Beeson – Prometheus Rapture for Snare Drum and Orchestra, featuring orchestra percussionist Matthew Kinney
  • Stravinsky – Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra
  • Bizet – Carmen Suite No. 1

March 28, 2020 – Music from the United States, England, and once again either the Czech Republic or the United States.

  • Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Coleridge-Taylor – The Bamboula, Rhapsodic Dance
  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 in G, Opus 88

OR

  • Hanson – Symphony No. 2, Opus 30 “Romantic”

All performances are at Peery’s Egyptian Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Attending Live Concerts Increases Life Expectancy

A recent study conducted by O2 and Patrick Fagan, associate lecturer on Behavioral Science at Goldsmith University, “claims that attending live concerts can help increase life expectancy and improve overall well-being.”

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Here’s the specs:

  • Attending a live performance each fortnight (every two weeks) can increase life expectancy by nearly a decade
  • Live concerts increase wellbeing by 21%(after only 20 minutes!), compared to yoga at 10% or dog walking at 7%.
  • The physiologic result [of attending a concert] is a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate,” says Dr. Nirav N. Mehta
  • Additional health benefits include stress relief, pain relief, a sense of connection, an opportunity to check what you are feeling (similar to therapy), and exercise (unless you are lucky and get the closest parking spot).

So if you find yourself wondering if it’d be worthwhile to attend the next Chamber Orchestra Concert, your answer is a resounding “yes!”

Ogden UnCon Pops

So far it’s been a busy spring for the orchestra with the recently completed Ogden Bach Fest (thanks OnStage Ogden) and Secret Garden with Imagine Ballet Theater.  There is a lot more going on next month.  We are soon going to be gearing up for our Ogden UnCon Pops.  What is this you ask, well, I’m glad you asked.  June 7-9 Ogden will be hosting its first pop culture convention.  It’s the brainchild of Russ Adams, the founder of Escape Design FX in Ogden.  It’s called UnCon, because is will be an unconventional con.  You can read more about UnCon at https://www.ogdenuncon.com/

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will be performing a concert of music from such movies as Mission Impossible, Star Trek, Star Wars Batman, Hook and much more.  Will there be classical music, well of course, you will be treated to a medley  of classic cartoon music brought to you by a certain horned helmet-wearing wascally wabbit from Saturday morning cartoon fame.  Our conductor says that these cartoons were his first introduction to the a lot of the great operatic repertoire.  Here is a link to the Mary Dickson Show on KUED where our conductor is interviewed about the concert.

The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Ogden Amphitheater.  Be sure to wear your favorite costume to get in free.  If you don’t wear a costume you will still get in free, so it’s a deal you can’t beat.  Oh yes, it’s Friday night, June 7.  Doors open at 6:30.

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.

Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s Red Dress Concert

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will present our next concert on January 26, 2019.  This is the annual Red Dress Concert, which is sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center in honor of American Heart Month, with the goal of raising community awareness about heart health.

As is our custom on these concerts, we will again feature two of the orchestra’s many outstanding musicians as soloists.  The concert will begin with a performance of the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto in C for Oboe and Orchestra, with principal oboe Karen Hastings as the soloist. Next up will be the orchestra’s assistant concertmaster Elissa Krebs, who will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

After a brief presentation about heart health from ORMC the concert will be brought to a close with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Opus 56 “Scotch.”

A bit about our soloists:

Principal oboe Karen Hastings will perform Mozart.

Karen has played, taught and performed oboe for almost 20 years. She is a University of Utah graduate with a degree in Woodwind Performance and studied with Robert Stephenson; principal oboist of the Utah Symphony. She has been Principal Oboist with Chamber Orchestra Ogden for nearly four years.

Assistant Concertmaster Elissa Krebs will play Saint-Saëns.

Elissa Krebs holds a Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Violin Performance and a Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Music Education. She has studied with Hasse Borup, Shi-Hwa Wang, Lois Stout, and Javier Pinell. Elissa is a former Interlochen Emerson Scholar, Texas Music Festival Fellow, and has performed throughout North America, Europe, and China.

You can read more about Elissa and Karen in a separate post on this website.

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/22379   As always active military, veterans, and their families are admitted without charge to all COO concerts, as are music students ages 8-18, provided there are seats available.

Well behaved children 8 years and over are welcome to attend.

For more information please 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.  Special thanks to Ogden Regional Medical Center for sponsoring this concert.