September 14, 2013 at 6:00pm Celeste Theatre at Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College Thomas Wilson, conductor Susan Grace, piano; Amy Sue Hardy, vocalist; Chris A. Lawson, trumpet; Francine Sweet, vocalist; Glen Whitehead, trumpet; Jacqueline K. Williams, vocalist
The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Birthday during the 2013-2014 season. This is truly an exciting milestone in the life of any orchestra! We owe our success to the wonderful support we have had from the Colorado Springs community, our dedicated musicians, and conductor, Thomas Wilson, who have all worked so hard to bring us music of the highest caliber.
The evening began in the Grand Atrium with delightful wine and delectable hors d’oeuvres followed by an elegant catered dinner consisting of Barron of Beef, Chicken Picatta, and Pork tenderloin, wild rice, salad, and a very special birthday cake. Following dinner, patrons were escorted to reserved seats in the Celeste Theater and treated to a very unique birthday concert with music programmed by Maestro Wilson to appeal to all musical tastes.
The concert Program started at 8 PM included Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, as well as the world premiere of a Concerto for Trumpet (featuring our Principal Trumpeter, Glen Whitehead) written exclusively for the gala concert by TV/Film composer Sean Hennessy. There were also special jazz and gospel performances by guest artists, Amy Sue Hardy, Francine Sweet, Jacqueline Williams and Chris Lawson. These included all-time audience favorites, such as, “Sentimental Journey” and “It’s a Wonderful world.” The evening closed with one of our favorite collaborators, Susan Grace, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.