Evergreen Chamber Orchestra opens 26th season with two unique concerts

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By Sara Miller

One of the universal joys of music is that it can be enjoyed in myriad settings with audiences large or small. One day you might get a kick out of singing along with the radio in your car. The next, you might settle into an audience with hundreds of listeners for a musical extravaganza.

The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra knows that setting and company can accentuate a musical experience for even the most veteran listener. For this reason, the ECO is kicking off its 2008-09 season with two unique concerts.

A small group of orchestra members from the ECO will gather at a distinctive mountain home for an afternoon of chamber music on Sunday, Sept. 28. Over the years, the ECO’s Home Recital Series has become a much-anticipated part of the season. Audience members often gather in the living room or on the terrace of generous mountain residents. It was in intimate settings just like this that chamber music was first performed.

The Sept. 28 program will feature a range of chamber music composers and time periods, with pieces showcasing primarily the piano, cello and oboe. The program will begin in the late 18th century with Mozart and will span more than 200 hundred years, with composers as varied as Rachmaninov, Vivaldi, Gabriel Faure and Pablo Zieglar.

“The ever-popular cello quartet will be part of the group that afternoon,” says Betty Johnson, the ECO public relations representative. The four cellists practice together every week and are always part of the Home Recital series. In between ECO performances, the quartet travels to Colorado schools and participates in a variety of educational outreach.

The quartet has been working on two pieces for this recital, Theodore Holland’s Cortege for Cello Quartet and Kenton Coe’s Chase for Cello Quartet.

Just one week later, these same musicians will be joined by the rest of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra for their first full concert of the fall. On the evening of Oct. 5, the orchestra will fill the sanctuary of Rockland Community Church in Genesee with the sounds of music. The featured instrument of the evening will be the clarinet, played by the ECO’s principal clarinetist, Ted Homan.

Homan moved from California in 1993 and plays music with several different Colorado organizations. He can be heard playing principal clarinet with not only the ECO, but the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra as well. He also substitutes with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Wind Ensemble.

Homan will be accompanied by his ECO colleagues on a clarinet sonata written by Francis Poulenc. This piece was written in 1963 and has Romantic undertones in its three distinct parts. Homan will also play a clarinet concerto by Artie Shaw. Shaw, who died in 2004, was known as one of the greatest American jazz clarinetists.

Other full-orchestra pieces will include Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Franz Schubert Symphony No. 5.

“It should be a great concert to kick off the new season,” says Johnson.

Evergreen Chamber Orchestra Home Recital

Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.

Tickets: adult, $12; senior (60-plus), $10; student, $7; or by a coupon from the value pack of eight tickets for $75, which can be used by anyone for any concert or recital.

Call 303-670-6558 for reservations and directions to the mountain area home. For more information, visit www.evergreenchamberorch.org.


Evergreen Chamber Orchestra Concert

Rockland Community Church

17 S. Mount Vernon Country Club Road, Golden (I-70 exit 254)

Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m.

Tickets: adult/general, $12; senior (60-plus), $10; student, $7. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 303-670-6558.

For more information, visit www.evergreenchamberorch.org.