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

Celebrating Ten Years of High Quality Orchestra Concerts

Hello friends.  Well we are kind of up in the air about when we will be performing next.  We hope that our Untamed Pops concert will be able to be held as planned on June 26 at the Ogden Amphitheater.  We will keep you posted.  In the meantime stay home and stay well.

It’s time to give a preview of the 2020-2021 Season.  This season will be our tenth anniversary as an orchestra, so we have titled the season: “The Tenth Anniversary Season – Getting to Know Your Orchestra” Celebrating 10 years of providing high quality and exciting orchestra concerts.

Our first concert of the season is September 26, 2020, and this will be a reintroduction to the orchestra, its instruments and its members.  To do this we will perform several short pieces introducing the various sections of the orchestra, and their particular sounds.  The sections will then all come together for a narrated performance of Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

We are privileged to have been invited to perform the world premiere of Alfonso Tenreiro’s new Piano Concerto.  Alfonso is a well-known Ogden-based composer and teacher.  We will premiere the concerto on January 23, 2021, and orchestra keyboardist Nicholas Maughan will do the honors, backed up by the orchestra.  We will also feature another member of the orchestra as a soloist, but the final determination of who and what hasn’t been made.  Stay tuned for more information.

Many of you will remember Ta’u Pupu’a from his last performance in March of 2018.  Well, he is coming back to work with us again on March 27, 2021.  Literature for the concert isn’t finalized yet, but rest assured that Ta’u will present an amazing concert of tenor arias from great operas.  We look forward to this collaboration as we bring to a close our tenth anniversary celebration.

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.

 

It’s Our Annual Red Dress Concert

Our annual Red Dress Concert is coming up on February 8.  This concert is sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center, and is a celebration of American Heart Month, which is February of each year.  The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Ogden’s Historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, and it’s always one of the highlights of our orchestra season.

This year we will perform five works for orchestra, including two with members of the orchestra who were chosen to perform as soloists with us.  The concert will open with The Overture to “Dei Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr..  Die Fledermaus translates as “The Bat,” however rest assured that no bats were harmed in the opera.  In fact there are no bats in it at all except for the character Falke.  Look up a synopsis of the opera for more information, https://www.metopera.org/user-information/synopses-archive/die-fledermaus

Next up will be Prometheus Rapture (Seven Legends for Snare Drum and Orchestra) by Sean Beeson.  Our soloist on this is percussionist Matthew Kinney, who will play several of the movements. The piece was written for Dame Evelyn Glennie, who gave the world premiere.

Moving to music from Russia we will next present Igor Stravinsky’s set of very short pieces titled Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra.  These pieces are lively and in spite of the time period in which Stravinsky wrote them, quite tonal.

Carl Maria von Weber wrote his well-known Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in f minor in 1811.  It’s since become a staple of the clarinet repertoire.  Our orchestra clarinetist Shawn Berry will perform the first movement of the concerto with the orchestra.

Closing out the program will be Georges Bizet’s exciting Carmen Suite No. 1.  After Bizet’s death a close friend compiled this suite and the Suite No. 2 from Bizet’s best-known opera “Carmen,”  The suite ends with the rousing Les Toréadors.

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/all-music/classical-orch/event/23159/chamber-orchestra-ogden-jan-25.  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.

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.

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.