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.”

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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

Konservatoriet Ballet a Great Success

June 18th found Members of Chamber Orchestra Ogden in the pit at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, where we collaborated with Imagine Ballet Theatre and choreographers from the Royal Danish Ballet.  The result was an outstanding performance of the ballet Konservatoriet by Paulli, with members of Ballet West II taking part as well.

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Two weeks from tomorrow…

Chamber Orchestra Ogden will close its 2015-2016 concert season on May 7 with a program that will feature Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, combined with a silent auction of musical art, and a children’s art show.  The auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30. Proceeds from the auction will be used to help offset the cost of summer camp attendance for a child who might not otherwise be able to attend.

The concert will open with Bizet’s Petite Suite, a collection of 5 from the set of 12 miniatures Bizet originally wrote for piano. Bizet organized the 5 movements into a suite and orchestrated them. Next on the concert the orchestra will perform Fuentes for String Orchestra, Oboe, and Trumpet, by well-known Ogden-based composer Alfonso Tenreiro. The Mussorgsky will be the final offering of the evening.

Tickets are $5.00 general admission, and available at the door one hour before the concert. Music students with school I.D., and active military and their families are invited to attend without charge. Well-behaved children 8 years and older are welcome.

This will be COO’s final regularly scheduled concert at Union Station.  Beginning with the opening of the 2016-2017 season we will be moving to our new home, Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden. Special Thanks to Mike Fenton, Russ Reeder, and the Egyptian Theater Foundation for easing the way for us.

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Our next concert is May 7

Our final concert of the season is May 7, and will feature a silent art auction to raise money for camp tuition for children who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend a summer camp.

The theme of the concert, and the artwork is ‘Pictures at an Exhibition.”  Click on the attached flier for more information.

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We will also have a Children’s Art Show, featuring artwork from various elementary schools.  You won’t want to miss these shows, and of course the concert.