CONCERTS AND EVENTS2018-2019 SEASON
Nancy Bloomer Deussen: American Hymn
Antonin Dvorak: American Suite
William Grant Still: From the Black Belt
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Join the CCCO as we explore music penned by several of the most ambitious, diverse composers to make a name for themselves in America.
Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen's An American Hymn is a gorgeous musical depiction of the vast landscapes of America. The score carries the inscription: "In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation."
Antonin Dvorak’s American Suite, a “melting pot” work, blends the sounds of the American landscape he explored in the 1890’s with those of his Czech heritage.
William Grant Still was the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company and the first to conduct a major American orchestra. His work From the Black Belt is comprised of seven charming vignettes. In the preface to the score, the composer explains that this piece was “written frankly to amuse and to please those who listen to them.”
Closing the program is George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a work that helped define the sound of America and propel American composers into the international spotlight.
Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 2:00pm
Soloist: Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Nick Benavides: Magnetismus
Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in Eb
featuring Joe Brown, Trumpet - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Leos Janacek: Idyll for Strings (Adagio only)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 82 “The Bear”
From heroic fanfares to sultry serenades, the trumpet is a leading voice that composers have relied on to tell their stories for centuries. Join the CCCO and soloist Joe Brown, Second Trumpet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, in a program featuring two stunning solos for trumpet and orchestra. From Alan Hovhaness’ lush, dream-like Prayer of Saint Gregory to Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s shimmering, virtuosic Concerto for Trumpet in Eb, this program will showcase the tremendous capabilities of the trumpet. Also on the program will be California-based composer Nick Benavides’s mesmerizing Magnetismus, the “Adagio” from Leos Janacek’s Idyll and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 “The Bear.”
Soloist: Julio Reyes, Guitar
Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Joaquin Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre
with Julio Reyes, guitar
Claude Debussy/Ravel: Sarabande
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
On February 16th and 17th, the CCCO presents a program highlighting the sounds of dance music from around the world.
Bela Bartok was committed to preserving the traditional folk music of his homeland and finding ways to incorporate them into his own compositional voice. Romanian Folk Dances is a passionate setting of traditional folk tunes the composer discovered while traveling from village to village in the countryside.
Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s stunning guitar concerto, Fantasia para un gentilhombre is based on six dances composed by 17th-century composer Gaspar Sanz. Guitar virtuoso Julio Reyes will be our featured soloist.
Maurice Ravel, an admirer of fellow French composer Claude Debussy, arranged several of his piano works for full orchestra. One particularly striking arrangement is of the luscious “Sarabande” from Debussy’s Pour le piano.Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite contains several of the most famous dances from this treasured ballet.
Soloist: Alex Frankel, Tenor
Verdi: La forza del destino Overture
Verdi: La forza del destino “O tu, che in seno Angeli”
Morricone: Cinema Paradiso “Love Theme”
Verdi: Nabucco Overture
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana Preludio and “O Lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa”
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Mascagni: “mamma quel vino è generoso”
Based in New York City but raised in Walnut Creek, operatic tenor Alex Frankel returns home to the Bay Area to join the CCCO for a night celebrating some of the world’s most beloved Italian music. From Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Verdi’s La forza del destino, to film composer Ennio Morricone’s score to Cinema Paradiso, this is an evening of Italian song that you do not want to miss.
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 7:30pm
Alhambra High School - Performing Arts Building 150 E Street, Martinez
$10 adult/$5 senior/$5 youth at the door
Sun, May 5, 2019 at 4:00pm
Soloist: Britton Day, Piano
Call for Scores Winner: Winner TBD in 2019!
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Jocelyn Hagen: Adagio
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
Bay Area pianist Britton Day joins the CCCO for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1. This underperformed gem bursts out of the gate with a barrage of virtuosic melodies, then melts into a calm, reflective slow movement before barreling on to a stunning finale.
This past year, the CCCO asked composers from around the country to submit original works for chamber orchestra. The winning composition will be revealed at the start of 2019 and receive performances at all of our May concerts.
American composer Jocelyn Hagen’s Adagio is an elegant, powerful work that requires the utmost focus and sensitivity from the performers.
The program closes with Franz Schubert’s dramatic, romantic Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished.”