Tuesday, November 01, 2005

First Chamber Orchestra concert

The 2005-2006 season is my second season as the director of orchestras at Cornell. It has been a humbling experience to fill the large shoes left by John Hsu, who retired after 50 years of teaching at Cornell.

The enthusiasm of the students who are mostly non-music majors have been a constant source of inspiration for me.
So far this semester we have presented three concerts. The Family Weekend concert was held in Helen Newman "Hall", as Bailey Hall is being renovated. The Chamber Orchestra gave its first concert on October 2, with the following program;

Aaron Copland's Quiet City
Then Edward Elgar's Serenade for strings conducted by our guest artist, Olivier Theurillat. After intermission was Haydn's Trumpet concerto with Olivier. The program ended with Aulis Sallinen's Some Aspects of Peltoniemie Hintrik's Funeral March, which is actually an arrangement of his String quartet No. 3.

Here is the poster for the Chamber Orchestra concert.

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