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Boulder Chamber Orchestra announces new 2011-2012 season

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Bahman Saless have announced their new concert season for 2011-2012. Each concert has its own title which reflects the general spirit of the compositions performed for that particular concert. 

“Liberation” – September 30th & October 1st, 2011

Mozart    Abduction from the Seraglio, Overture

Mendelssohn    Violin Concerto, Lindsay Deutsch, violin

Beethoven     Symphony No. 7

Concert 1: First Congregational Church, Boulder

Concert 2: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian, Denver

 “Piety” – October 28th & 29th, 2011

With Ars Nova Singers

1st piece   To Be Announced

Mozart   Requiem

Concert 1: St. John’s Cathedral, Denver

Concert 2: First United Methodist, Boulder

 “Festivity” – December 16th & 17th, 2011

Rameau   Suite in G/g (La Poule)

Albinoni   Oboe Concerto in d, featuring Max Soto, oboe

Torelli   Christmas Concerto

Bach   Suite No. 2 in b, featuring Cobus du Toit, flute

Concert 1: First Congregational Church, Boulder

Concert 2: Jefferson Unitarian, Golden

 New Year’s Eve Concert – December 31st, 2011

Strauss

Waltzes and more (still working on details)

Note: This concert will be performed in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC (?)

 “Joy” – February 10th & 11th, 2012

Biber   Battalia

Mozart   Divertimento, K.136

Diamond   Rounds for String Orchestra

Tchaikovsky   Serenade

Concert 1: Broomfield Auditorium

Concert 2: First Congregational Church, Boulder

 

“Reverence” – April 13th & 14th, 2012

Saint-Saens   Piano Concerto #2, featuring Claire Huangci, piano

Stravinsky   Pulcinella Suite

Prokofiev   Classical Symphony

Concert 1: First Congregational Church, Boulder

Concert 2: Broomfield Auditorium

 “Mastery” – May 11th & 12th, 2012

Rossini   L’Italiana in Algeri, Overture

Hummel   Trumpet Concerto, featuring John King, trumpet

Mendelssohn   Symphony No. 3, Scottish

Concert 1: First Congregational Church, Boulder

Concert 2: Broomfield Auditorium

This is a very good series of programs. The title of the entire season is “Road to Mastery.” And indeed, even though several of the pieces could be included in the last program, which is entitled Mastery, there is a sort of natural progression. And I point out that the titles for each program are quite apt. For example, take a look at the concert entitled Reverence. Here are three works which are truly “revered” because they are absolute masterworks.

Lindsay Deutsch, a young violinist who has taken the United States by storm will be the featured artist for the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto on the first program of the season. Ms. Deutch received her Bachelor’s Degree, and continues to study at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Robert Lipsett. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United Statesand Canada, in addition to performing the violin soundtrack for the 2006 movie, The Good Shepherd.

In addition to her many awards and concert credits, she and her sister, Lauren, have co-founded a non-profit organization, Classics Alive (www.ClassicsAlive.org), dedicated to building classical music audiences. I think this is a fantastic idea that more young musicians who are on the concert stage need to become involved with.

Another young American artist will perform with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra this coming season. She is Claire Huangci of Rochester,New York, and she will perform the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto Nr. 2.

Born in 1990, Claire became a student of Eleanor Sokoloff, a piano professor of the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2003, she was formally accepted by the Curtis Institute with a full scholarship from the Hirsig Family Foundation and continued her piano study under Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman. From there, she went on to win the Philadelphia Orchestra Competition and performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Wolfgang Sawalisch, one of dozens of American orchestras she has appeared with. Several of her performances were aired on music radio stations in 2006 and 2007. In May 2007, Curtis Director Gary Graffman honoured her with the Most Promising Student Award. She is continuing her work with Professor Arie Vardi in Germany at the Hanover Hochschule für Musik as she continues to perform throughoutEurope.

The Boulder Chamber Orchestra’s own Max Soto, principal oboe, will perform Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in d minor. Max Soto has a Masters Degree in Performance from the Lamont School of Music, and has performed throughout the United States. Max began his musical education with the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Costa Rica which allowed him to study with Principal Oboist Jorge Rodriguez and helped to cultivate a passion for classical music and the oboe. Max arrived in the USA in 1996 at the Loyola University of New Orleans and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. Max began his professional career as the Assistant Principal oboist with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra.

John King, principal trumpet with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, will perform the Trumpet Concerto by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Since moving to Coloradoin 2004 John has performed with all major arts organizations including Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet.  Before moving here he was in the San Francisco Bay area for many years, and during this time he held the position of Second Trumpet in San Jose Symphony and was Principal Trumpet in Californiafor eighteen seasons.  In addition, he worked extensively with the San Francisco Symphony including numerous national tours and recordings. 

Another amazing musician from the BCO, Cobus du Toit, will perform the Bach Suite Nr. 2 in b. Cobus held the principal position in the National Youth Orchestra of South Africa which toured to Germany for the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. While in Germany, Cobus also performed at noted venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie under conductor Herbert Blomstedt. Other orchestral experience includes the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Certainly, no one will want to miss the October concert. Thomas Edward Morgan and the Ars Nova Singers will perform the Mozart Requiem. I have stated before, and I mean this in all sincerity, that the Ars Nova Singers is one of the best choral groups in the United States. If any of you readers have not heard them, you must come to this performance. The pairing of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and the Ars Nova Singers will be a performance that you absolutely must hear.

The artists involved, and the difficulty of the programming, are indicative of the quality of this organization. The Boulder Chamber Orchestra continues to set a new standard for itself. Maestro Bahman Saless has established a real criterion for this young organization which was founded in 2004. Their website says that they have become Boulder’s premier chamber orchestra. I truly think that should be changed to read one of the region’s premier chamber orchestras.




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