26th Season: 2009-2010
October 10 and 11
Bohuslav Martinu: Overture
Rebecca Clark: Viola Concerto
Cathy Hanson, viola
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in D Minor
The Chamber Orchestra has a reputation for bringing new and wonderful music (and plenty of “forgotten gems”) into the lives of Springs residents. Bohuslav Martinu’s vaguely named “Overture” is a tour de force for orchestra that he later acknowledged as one of his finest works, while Tchaikovsky’s First Orchestral Suite, though rarely performed, is mature and vibrant music composed on a break from symphonic form after his Fourth Symphony. Completely new to Colorado Springs is the music of Rebecca Clarke, an American composer whose inspired and lyrical music is only now getting the recognition it deserves.
Heart and Home
November 7 and 8
Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
William Grant Still: From the Hearts of Women
Rochelle Small, soprano
Carl Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto, op. 57
Ian Buckspan, clarinet
Antonín Dvořák: Czech Suite in D Major, op. 39
Matters of the heart dominate our November program, with rising New York soprano Rochelle Small in a stunning performance of William Grant Still’s charming “From the Hearts of Women.” Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” was a housewarming gift to his wife as they settled into their new home. Rounding out the program are Nielsen’s dynamic Clarinet Concerto and Dvořák’s soulful “Czech Suite.” This is likely to be the most poignant concert of the season.
January 30 and 31
Franz Joseph Haydn: Organ Concerto in C Major, Hob.XVIII:1
Carol Wilson, organ
Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite III
Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro, op. 47
Veronika String Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 11
A special visit from the Veronika String Quartet headlines an evening of truly unmatched elegance. The Romanticism of Elgar and Mendelssohn share the stage with the lyricism of Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances and the timeless simplicity of Haydn, performed with special guest Carol Wilson.
February 27 and 28
W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 10 in G Major, K74
Franz Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat Major, Hob.1:105
solo ob, bsn, vln, cello from orchestra
Jorge Cardoso: Suite Indiana
Dos Americas Guitar Duo
Carl Maria von Weber Symphony No. 1 in C, op. 19
In collaboration with the Guitar Society of Colorado Springs, the Chamber Orchestra features two of the finest guitarists from the American continent in a new gem: Suite Indiana by Jorge Cardoso. Meanwhile, the best talent from the orchestra step up for Haydn’s masterful Sinfonia Concertante, and the concert is rounded out by rare performances of Mozart and Weber symphonies. This is virtuosity at the height of musical expression.
April 17 and 18
Sean Hennessy: Pikes Peak or Bust!
Gabriel Fauré: Ballade, op. 19
Susan Grace, piano
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Grande Tarantelle for Piano & Orchestra, op. 67
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, op. 60
Susan Grace joins the Chamber Orchestra in Fauré’s haunting Ballade and Gottschalk’s incendiary Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra. As if a Beethoven Symphony weren’t enough fire to end the season, rising film and television composer Sean Hennessy, who grew up in Colorado Springs, returns with a new concert work reflecting on his days in the shadow of the Peak.