Joseph Schwantner: September Canticle
Aaron Copland: Zion’s Walls
Pavel Tschesnokoff: Salvation is Created
Arthur Bliss: It Is Well With My Soul
John Rutter: Gloria
Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony 3 C Minor, op. 78 “Organ”
Deke Polifka, organ; Joe Galema, organ; Edmund Ladouceur, organ; Steve Harter, Minister of Music and Arts; FUMC Chorus
The Chamber Orchestra launches an exciting new project at First United Methodist Church, focusing on the vast and thrilling repertoire for organ and orchestra. With three of the city’s best-known organists, the First United Methodist Choir, the best pipe organ in Colorado Springs, and the high-energy Chamber Orchestra of the Springs all on one stage, this will be a contender for the best musical event of the year. Any chance to hear Saint-Saëns’ monumental Organ Symphony cannot be missed.
Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave), Op. 26
Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin & Cello in A Minor, op. 102
Jacob Klock, violin
Gerald Miller, cello
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, op. 68
“Pastorale”Autumn opens with a look back at the warm days of Summer. Composer Felix Mendelssohn captures the magic of Staffa Isle in the Hebrides Overture written following his visit to Fingal’s Cave in August of 1829. The open spaces of Brahms’ Double Concerto are the perfect meeting place for the Chamber Orchestra’s Concertmaster, Jacob Klock, and Principal Cellist, Gerald Miller, and we end our celebration of the outdoors in the open fields of Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony. Let the music transport you to one last warm Summer day before Winter blows in.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each concert with Michael Campion,, KCME on-air host, reviewer, writer.
Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elémens, simphonie nouvelle (1737)
J.S. Bach: Concerto in C Minor for Violin & Oboe, BWV 1060
Elisa Wicks, violin
Angie Burtz, oboe
G.P. Telemann: Overture-Suite in C Major, “Water Music”
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
The classic elements set the stage for an evening of the finest Baroque music. With a unique balance of lesser-known works by Telemann and Rebel set aside popular works of Bach, this will be an evening of elegance. Bach’s famous “Air on the G String” will be a sure favorite, but be ready to be amazed by the passion and style of the Chamber Orchestra in some of our favorite repertoire.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each concert with Eric Wicks, Parish House Baroque, Organist First Lutheran Church.
Joseph Schwantner: Chasing Light
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96 in D Major, “Miracle”
Ned Rorem: A Childhood Miracle
Continuing our tradition of working collaboratively with other arts organizations, the Chamber Orchestra welcomes the Colorado Springs Conservatory for a rare and powerful performance of Rorem’s A Childhood Miracle. It’s a musical journey of light, dreams, and time that will brighten your Winter and leave you wondering where this amazing music has been all your life!
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each concert with Dr. Jane Rigler, UCCS.
Romancing the Strings
February 20, 2016, 7pm
Broadmoor Community Church
February 21, 2016, 2:30pm
First Christian Church
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite
Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin and Piano in D Minor
Mark Fewer, violin www.markfewer.com
Susan Grace, piano
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade in E Major, op. 22
With the Chamber Orchestra’s strings reaching greater heights, it’s time to feature them along with high-energy violinist Mark Fewer, who wowed our audiences with an edgy performance of Michael Daugherty’s Fire and Blood Violin Concerto, and Colorado College’s Susan Grace in a program of lyrical and Romantic music. Rare is the opportunity to hear Mendelssohn’s underperformed Double Concerto for Piano and Violin, while the powerful and dramatic music of Grieg and Dvořák make this an exceptional musical experience.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each concert with Michael Grace, Colorado College.
Eric Ewazen: Chamber Symphony
Ofer Ben-Amots: Concertino for Clarinet, Guitar, and Orchestra
Ian Buckspan, clarinet
Colin McAllister, guitar www.colinmcallister.com
Jacques Ibert: Chansons de Don Quichotte (1932)
Nicholas Shelton, baritone
Robert Schumann: Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, op. 52
The Chamber Orchestra’s season ends with a diverse program, including new music that will surprise and delight. The Concertino for Clarinet, Guitar & Orchestra by Colorado College’s Ofer Ben-Amots receives its American premiere, featuring special guest artists Ian Buckspan on clarinet and UCCS’ Colin McAllister on guitar. Shivers Foundation Artist Nicholas Shelton’s powerful voice joins us for a rare performance of Ibert’s Songs of Don Quixote, and the Chamber Orchestra shines in the local premiere of American composer Eric Ewazen’s Chamber Symphony and a rare performance of Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo & Finale. This is the kind of diverse and adventurous program that the Chamber Orchestra does best.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each concert with George Preston, General Manager, KCME 88.7FM
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