Who: Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Thomas Wilson – Music Director and Conductor
With Special Guest Manny Laureano, trumpet
What: Season Premiere: Fanfare for a New Season
When/Where: Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 and Sunday October 14 at 2:30
Both concerts at the Colorado College Cornerstone Arts Center, corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre
*Pre-concert Lecture 45 minutes before each concert.
Tickets: Adults $20.00; Seniors $17.00; Students $5.00
Call (719) 633-3649, purchase online at www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org, or purchase at the door
Event 2: Lecture by Manny Laureano – With a Little Bit of Luck: Making it in the world today for college and high school students
in any field of study.”
Thursday, October 11, 4 PM, at the University Center Theatre, UC 302 on the UCCS campus.
Event 3: Master Class/Clinic with Maestro Laureano for high school and college students
Friday, October 12, 4PM at the UCCS Centennial Hall.
Fanfare for a New Season!
Chamber Orchestra’s 29th Season kicks off with a Must-See Concert and other public events featuring the Renowned Trumpet Artist Manuel Laureano
It’s not “29 and Holding” but “29 and Exploding with Excitement” for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs as the new concert season opens with a world premiere composition, a brilliant guest artist’s regional debut, and a popular Beethoven symphony all in the outstanding Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. Any one of those features makes the COS opening concerts on Oct. 13, 7 PM and Oct. 14, 2:30 PM, a “Don’t Miss” event, but the combination is an “Absolute Must-See!”
The renowned guest artist for the Season Premiere, Maestro Manuel Laureano (“One of the best trumpeters ever heard–live or recorded–period!”–www.Trumpetmaster.com) will perfom the lyrically beautiful Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda. Originally written for the hunting horn, it is now performed primarily by trumpeters. Maestro Laureano describes the piece as “a little treasure” that is “more melodic” and “more compelling” than the Hummel and Haydn concerti that often overshadow it, and a piece that he has “grown to love more.”
Maestro Laureano’s premiere Colorado guest appearance heralds the expansion of the Chamber Orchestra’s educational outreach with an inspirational lecture and a trumpet master class at the UCCS campus on October 11 and 12. Both programs at UCCS are free and open to the public. Through his Puerto Rican roots and his experiences as a youth in East Harlem, Maestro Laureano has insight into the issues of disadvantaged youth and education in underserved communities. He will share his story in a lecture with a question and answer session, entitled “With a Little Bit of Luck: Making it in the world today for college and high school students in any field of study.” Thursday, October 11, 4 PM, at the University Center Theatre, UC 302 on the UCCS campus. On Friday, October 12, 4PM high school and college students will be participating in a trumpet master-class/clinic at the UCCS Centennial Hall. More information about these events can be found on the Chamber Orchestra website:http://www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.
In keeping with its reputation for bringing audiences new musical experiences COS will also perform a work by Pikes Peak Arts Council Excellence Award nominated local composer, Karen Peace, who established herself as a creative force with the October 2011 debut of her “Requiem.” The COS season opens with her new work Dawn and the Phoenix, an exciting piece that celebrates the rebirth of the mythical, majestic Phoenix from the ashes.
The program concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, op. 67, a work that is unquestionably one of the most recognized in the orchestral repertoire, and for good reason. It is a masterwork of orchestration and a treasure trove of themes so recognizable that they are instantly etched in the listener’s mind. But far more important is the symbolic or “Romantic” context, in which the darker C Minor stands in conflict with the brighter C Major throughout the work, with C Major scoring the final victory. Beethoven allowed the fundamental ideas of the C Minor Symphony to simmer for a long time in his mind. Motives for three of the movements were sketched as early as 1800, though the work wasn’t finished until 1808. The ideas underwent extensive revisions, typical of Beethoven. One can guess that Beethoven’s progressive hearing loss, as well as bitter memories of his failed romances with Giulietta Guicciardi and Therese von Brunswick may whisper in the C Minor’s confessional, but there is also a sense of destiny and victory (revolution, perhaps?) in the triumph of C Major.
This active and long-running orchestra continues to be recognized by public vote, by foundation awards, notably the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, and by Pikes Peak Arts Council Excellence Awards for presenting new repertoire, a fusion of diverse artistic genres, and new perspectives in performances of well-established chamber orchestral literature.
Complete program notes for each composition are available on the
Chamber Orchestra web-site: www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org