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.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will open our 2018-2019 season with a gala performance of a single work, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in d, Opus 125. The concert will take place in Ogden’s historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday September 29.

The symphony is Beethoven’s longest, and clocks in at about one hour in length. It is subtitled “Choral,” because in addition to the full orchestra, including low brass and percussion, Beethoven wrote for four vocal soloists and a choir in the final movement.

We are very fortunate to have four excellent vocal soloists and two fine choirs for this performance. Rachel Morris, soprano, Holly Nicole Dodson, mezzo-soprano, tenor David Sauer, and baritone Errik Hood will join the orchestra, along with the Weber State University Concert Choir, conducted by Mark Henderson and the Weber State University Alumni Choir, conducted by Evelyn Harris. Our music director Michael Palumbo will conduct the joint forces. All of our soloists have distinguished singing careers, and you can read more about them as they are featured individually at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://coo92918.brownpapertickets.com

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door, provided there are seats available.

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

For more information please visit our website: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@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 Robert and Marcia Harris for sponsoring this concert.

Our soloists from left to right: Rachel Morris, soprano, Holly Nicole Dodson, mezzo-soprano, David Sauer, tenor, and Errik Hood, baritone.

A Night at the Opera with Ta’u and Karen

Renowned operatic tenor Tau Pupu’a will join Chamber Orchestra Ogden for our March 24, 2018 concert, “Night at the Opera.” Joining Ta’u will be Weber State University faculty member Karen Bruestle. Together they will perform a variety of arias and duets, backed up by the orchestra. The concert will begin at 7:30 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

LENOX, MASS. (June 28, 2010) —Ta ‘u Pupu ‘a, a former NFL player turned operatic tenor, is also a Tanglewood fellow this summer, and is shown on the Tanglewood property. — PHOTOGRAPH BY NANCY PALMIERI

 Ta’u Pupu’a is unique in the opera world.  He was an outstanding Defensive End in the NFL but a career-ending injury changed his life and led him to a new career: opera.  He is just as outstanding in his role as operatic tenor, as shown by the following comments:  “…He seems to have limitless power… but the voice has real gold in its best moments.” (New York Times) “…Everyone took notice at his brilliant tone, breath-control and ravishing, powerful tenor…”  (Italian Tribune), 

Since 2001, soprano Karen Bruestle has been the Director of Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Opera at Weber State University where her opera directing credits include “The Magic Flute,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Concert attendees will be treated to performances of such well-known arias as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, Vilia from “The Merry Widow,” La Donna è Mobile from “Rigoletto,” and others. Ta’u and Karen will also join together on the famous duet from “La Traviata,” Brindisi: Libiamo, ne’lieti calici.

The orchestra will open the program with Bellini’s Overture to “Norma,” and will perform the Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and the final section of Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell,” interspersed between the arias.

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3320894

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door, provided there are seats available.

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

For more information please visit our website: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@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

Red Dress Event

Our next concert is coming right up. January 27 is the annual Red Dress Event, sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in downtown Ogden.

We will feature three members of the orchestra as soloists on this concert. Steve Park is principal horn of the orchestra, and will perform Chabrier’s Larghetto for Horn and Orchestra. Ryan Bell is the orchestra’s principal bassist, and Cara Richardson is a member of the clarinet section. They will join the orchestra for a performance of Bottesini’s Duo for Clarinet and Bass. Ryan and Cara collaborated on arranging the piano part of this duo for string orchestra, and they will perform that version with the string section of the orchestra.

The orchestra will have their say as well. We will begin the concert with Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, in D, K. 504 “Prague,” and end the concert with Tchaikovsky’s stirring Marche Slave, Opus 31.

Chamber Orchestra Ogden performs at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. This historic theater is the orchestra’s home, and is a beautiful venue with excellent orchestra acoustics.

Tickets for this concert are 8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or beginning January 1, 2019, online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3208957

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door if there are seats available.

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

For more information please visit our website: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@gmail.com; 801-624-9232.

COO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We extend our grateful thanks to RAMP, Ogden City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support.

First Concert of 2017-2018

Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s first concert of the 2017-2018 season will take place on September 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., and will feature pianist Vedrana Subotic performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Opus 58.

“A native of the former Yugoslavia, Vedrana Subotic came to the United States after winning the top prize in its national piano competition. A Steinway Artist, she performs in dozens of concerts every year as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist, nationally and internationally. Vedrana is an Associate Professor of piano at the University of Utah, and President of the Intermezzo Chamber Music series. She holds five performance degrees including a DMA from Indiana University, where she studied with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio.”

The concert will open with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Opus 72b, followed by Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1. The concert will end with Vedrana’s performance of the piano concerto.

Chamber Orchestra Ogden performs at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. This historic theater is the orchestra’s home, and is a beautiful venue with excellent orchestra acoustics.

Tickets for this concert are 8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or beginning August 11, online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://coosep2317.brownpapertickets.com

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door if there are seats available.

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

For more information please visit our website: https://chamberorchestraogden.org, our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@gmail.com; 801-624-9232.

COO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We extend our grateful thanks to RAMP, Ogden City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support.

Family Concert on April 8

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will close its 2016-2017 season with a family concert on April 8, 2017, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. Peery’s Egyptian Theater and the Egyptian Theater Foundation are presenting this concert.

The repertoire for the concert will be a mixture of familiar classics and popular pieces. We will open with an audience favorite, selections from Pirates of the Caribbean, and follow this with Mussorgsky’s ever-popular Night on Bald Mountain, a piece that became widely known thanks to its inclusion in Walt Disney’s Fantasia.

At this point we will introduce our piano soloist, Jason Lyle Black. Jason Lyle Black, known on YouTube as “The Backwards Piano Man®,” is an award-winning composer, concert pianist, and entertainer, and one of the few people in the world who can play the piano while pedaling with his head. Black’s show combines beautiful music, hilarious musical comedy, and incredible stage antics, for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Jason’s music videos have been viewed by more than 30 million people worldwide. In 2016, he released his record label debut, Piano Preludes, from award-winning independent label Stone Angel Music. Piano Preludes debuted at #1 on the iTunes New Age charts and #2 on the Billboard New Age charts, right below Enya. Critics hailed Piano Preludes as “masterful…overflowing with grace, reverence, and heart.”

Jason Lyle Black

Jason will provide a combination of musical comedy with music of Disney and others. The audience members will have a chance to request their favorite songs, which Jason will put together in an entertaining mashup.

The string section of the orchestra will then join Jason for two of his original pieces. We will bring the concert to an end with a version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

The tickets are still $5.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://cooapr817.brownpapertickets.com

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age.

Well-behaved children of all ages are welcome to attend. However, please no babes-in-arms.

For more information please visit our website: http://chamberorchestraogden.org, or contact Michael Palumbo at mpalumbo45@gmail.com, 801-624-9232.

The Annual Red Dress Event

On February 4, 2017 Peery’s Egyptian Theater and the Egyptian Theater Foundation will present the second concert of Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s 2016-2017 season. This concert, which is billed as the Annual Red Dress Event, is sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center, and will be a celebration of February as American Heart Month.

The concert will open with a performance of Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra. Laura Huggard, the orchestra’s principal horn, has brought together three other very talented horn players, Anita Miller, Sonja Reynolds, and Natalie Douglass, collectively named the Sego Lily Quartet, to perform this virtuosic composition. https://sites.google.com/site/segolilyhorns/

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Laura is an Assistant Professor of Horn at Weber State University. Dr. Huggard’s professional education includes two Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Idaho, one in vocal/instrumental education and the other in horn performance. In addition, she earned the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2004 in horn performance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in horn performance.

Following the Schumann the concert will move in a different direction, introducing our solo guest artist Brian Booth. Brian is a well-known saxophonist from Salt Lake City. He has written and arranged the music that he will perform with the orchestra.  First up will be his arrangement of My Foolish Heart, in honor of American Heart Month. This will be followed by his composition Jazz Creek, a composition in four sections – Prologue, Up, Jazz Creek, and Without a Paddle. It’s going to be great fun.

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Brian has a bachelor’s degree in jazz composition and a master’s degree in jazz studies, both from the University of Utah. Brian also freelances, performing with many of the premier groups from around the Salt Lake area. He also works with musicians all along the Wasatch Front as well as Jackson, Wyoming. He has performed with numerous notables including Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Mel Tormé, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra Jr., Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney, Debby Boone, and many others. Brian is a member of the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra (SLCJO) where he plays lead tenor saxophone. He also occasionally works with the Utah Symphony.

In 2004, Brian was awarded the Utah Arts Festival Jazz Composition Commission. He has written and arranged numerous big band and combo charts which are creative and distinctive, some of which are available through his website: http://brianboothmusic.com/

Brian and his good friend Kevin Stout have released four CD’s under their own label, Jazzed5 Records. Brian and Kevin’s recordings have been heard throughout the world and are available at CDBaby, Amazon and I-tunes.

The concert will take place at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. This will be the orchestra’s second concert in this wonderful theater. The first concert was nearly sold out, and this one, the Annual Red Dress Event, always has a large audience, so get your tickets early online.

The concert begins at 7:30, and tickets are still $5.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or beginning January 1, 2017, online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://coofeb417.brownpapertickets.com

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, but free tickets cannot be reserved online, and are only available at the door if there are seats available.

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

Season Opener October 22 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater

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Chamber Orchestra Ogden will open our first concert of the 2016-2017 season on October 22 with a performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Opus 84. Joining us for this overture will be the Ogden Youth Orchestra, which is a part of the Weber State University String Project.

Following the Beethoven we will switch gears and perform a short and exciting piece by Humperdinck titled Witches Ride. This is taken from Humperdinck’s well-known opera “Hansel and Gretel.” We will follow this up with In the Hall of the Mountain King from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. The combination of these two make a perfect prelude for Halloween.

Our featured soloist will be cellist Viktor Uzur, professor of cello at Weber State University, and internationally known concert artist. Viktor will perform Dvořák’s virtuosic Cello Concerto in b minor, Opus 104. Dvořák wrote the concerto while he was in New York serving as the Director of the National Conservatory. He began the concerto on 8 November 1894 and completed on 9 February 1895.

Viktor Uzur has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and artist in residence in many countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

His performances, interviews and compositions have been broadcast on television and radio stations in the former Yugoslavia, Russia, and United States. Uzur is regularly featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” with the Richter Uzur Duo. His most recent recordings include “Solo Cello”, “String Theory”, “Viktor Uzur in Recital” and “Entertainers”. Uzur is the cello professor at Weber State University where he is also founder and director of the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival.

“…unbelievable pyrotechnics that bring to mind the virtuosity of David Oistrakh’s recordings…effortlessly à la Rostropovich in his prime…synergistic combination of Casals and du Pré-like fire and Fournier’s elegance.” (Fanfare Magazine)

This concert will be our first in our new performing venue, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. The 1924 theater was built in an era of sumptuous movie palaces, and has been returned to its original elegance. Peery’s Egyptian Theater boasts state-of-the-art technology, including the restored atmospheric lighting, which resembles a setting desert sun evolving into a sparkling night cosmos.

Michael Palumbo, the orchestra’s music director, and the members of the orchestra are very excited to be able to perform in such a magnificent setting, and they look forward to seeing the many friends who have faithfully supported previous years’ concerts, as well as many new friends.

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age.coo-poster-102216-v4

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

The concert begins at 7:30, and tickets are still $5.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589671