Evergreen Chamber Orchestra entwining visual art with music this season

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By Sandy Barnes

The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra is opening its 31st season with a concert featuring British composers and a display of stained glass related to the music.

The Sunday, Oct. 14, program at Church of the Hills in Evergreen will feature baritone Bradley Thompson, guest artist for the concert, who will perform “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other works will include “Old Wine in New Bottles” by contemporary composer Gordon Jacob and “Two Pieces for Small Orchestra” by Frederick Delius. 

Dr. David Kish, music director and principal conductor, will lead the orchestra.

Wanda Beck, a founding member of the chamber orchestra, said that artist Mary Anne DeAngelis is gearing the pieces of stained glass she is bringing to the concerts to the music being performed.

“We tried to find a unique theme,” said Beck. “Finding a local glass artist is a particular delight.”

Beck has a long history with the chamber orchestra, having started the group in the living room of her home in 1983.

The musicians alternate performances between Church of the Hills and Genesis Presbyterian Church in Littleton, where they also rehearse.

The first performance in Littleton this season is on Sunday, Nov. 18, and features guest artist Mike Marecak playing cello. The theme of this concert is “Revival in France” and features music by Gounod, Faure, Massenet and Saint-Seans.

The season continues with a prelude-to-spring concert on March 3, 2012, with German and Austrian music including works by Schumann, Weber and Mendelssohn.

The spring concert, titled “Tiffany Glass in the United States,” features guest artists Larry Beck playing oboe, pianist Peggy Lyon and soprano Nadya Hill. Works by Thompson, Ewazen, Glass, Creston and Bolcom will be performed.

The chamber orchestra also offers a recital series in intimate settings that feature small ensembles and soloists from the orchestra. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.

The Sunday chamber orchestra performances begin at 3 p.m. Church of the Hills is at 28628 Buffalo Park Road. Genesis Presbyterian is at 5707 Simms St. in Littleton.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for students. Season tickets are also available for $85. 

For more information, or to order tickets, call 303-670-6558 or visit http://www.evergreenchamberorch.org" www.evergreenchamberorch.org.


Contact reporter Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.