upcoming WCO concert is “An Afternoon of Romantic Music”

getPartThe Woodstock Chamber Orchestra celebrates Valentine’s Day with a concert of Romantic Music on Sunday, February 14 at 3 pm at SUNY Ulster in Quimby Theater, the site of the orchestra’s Christmas 2014 and Veteran’s Day 2015 concerts.

Music Director Nathan Madsen has crafted a special program showcasing two wonderful soloists:  soprano Kimberly Kahan returns (she sang several of Copland’s wonderful “Old American Songs” in May 2015) to once again captivate with Rachmaninoff’s eternally popular “Vocalise” and pianist Hiroko Sakurazwa plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 — the first time the WCO performs a piano concerto.  The program also includes the Adagio from “Spartacus” by Aram Katchaturian, and the dazzling “Romeo & Juliet” Fantasy-Overture by Tchaikovsky.

Roses will be on sale, courtesy of Stone Ridge’s Floral Poetry — and there will be a raffle for the privilege of sitting up close to the stage in a love seat!  General admission to this concert is $20, $18 for seniors, and students and children (accompanied by an adult) are free.

Next 2 concerts for WCO . . .

WCOposterjpegEnjoy the warm temperatures of winter 2015 so far but real winter is not far away, and “Winter Chill” is the next concert of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra’s 37th season, and the first concert of the new year: save the date: January 9th at 7:30 p.m. (snowdate: the 10th at 3:00)

The program features Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 2, “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (featuring violinist Lili Sarayah) and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 in C major

The concert takes place once again at The Woodstock Playhouse, and tickets are available online from the Playhouse or at the door on the day of the concert.  Admission is $20, $18 for seniors, $5 students and free for children & students accompanied by an adult

In February, on Valentine’s Day afternoon, the orchestra will return to Quimby Theater at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge with a program of “Romance” featuring pianist Hiroko Sakurazawa playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, Rachmaninoff’s haunting “Vocalise” with returning soloist, soprano Kimberly Kahan (featured with the orchestra last spring in Copland’s “Old American Songs”), and the orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s brilliant “Romeo & Juliet” Fantasy-Overture.  Watch this space for updates on that concert!

2015 Halloween Pops concert by WCO

a young prizewinner in the Halloween costume contest

a young prizewinner in the Halloween costume contest

the WCO's music director knows how to take the opporunity to dress up...

the WCO’s music director knows how to take the opportunity to dress up…

most of the orchestra took advantage of the Halloween theme

most of the orchestra took advantage of the Halloween theme

WCOflyer2as reviewed by music critic Leslie Gerber for the Woodstock Times, December 3, 2015:

“The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra’s Halloween concert, on October 30 at the Woodstock Playhouse, was obviously meant mostly for fun. Conductor Nathan Madsen was decked out as a wizard, the whole orchestra was in costume, and one intrepid cellist played the whole concert in an ape costume, including the head. The repertoire was pretty predictable, including film music by John Williams and Alexandre Desplat (the latter, a Harry Potter suite, surprisingly entertaining), and chestnuts by Saint-Saens and Mussorgsky.  Under the circumstances it took some concentration to notice the consistently fine quality of the performances, including the outstanding brass inn “Night on Bald Mountain.” A good-sized audience enjoyed the program. The WCO will be back in January; check out www.wco-online.com for info.”

NEW SEASON: 2015/2016

The upcoming 2015/2016 season of four programs once again offers the WCO’s familiar variety of concerts, including some new themes (Halloween and Romance) and soloists (Hiroko Sakurazawa), as well as returning ones (Jay & Molly and Americana).  Music Director Nathan Madsen again presents audiences with a chance to connect with the serious side of classical orchestral music — he calls those programs “Masterwork Concerts” — as well as with the lighter side, an ideal entry point for new ears for orchestral music.

The WCO looks forward to growing its audience in the southern part of Ulster County through its concerts presented at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge; and we continue to enjoy our wonderful home base at the Woodstock Playhouse in the town of Woodstock.

The season begins on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 pm at the Woodstock Playhouse with a special Halloween “Pops” concert, with performers & audience in costume!

The next concert is on Saturday, January 9th at 7:30 pm:  a program called “Winter Chill” again at the Woodstock Playhouse with music by Grieg, Vivaldi and Sibelius

The season continues with a concert of “Music for Romance” on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 pm in Quimby Theater at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, featuring piano soloist Hiroko Sakurazawa in a concerto by Mozart

And the season concludes at Quimby Theater on Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm with a concert celebrating American music and featuring as guest soloists & guest composers the popular “roots/Americana” duo of Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

tickets for the 2015/2016 season will once again be:
$20 general admission
$18 seniors
students & children free with accompanying adult

all programs, dates & times, and locations are subject to change

Thank You For Your Service: a Musical Tribute to our Veterans & Troops

Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23
both concerts at 7:30 pm
in Quimby Theatre at SUNY Ulster, Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge, N.Y.

compositions by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and John Philip Sousa
music from movies scored by John Williams
and a guest performance by soprano Kimberly Kahan
(in Copland’s “Old American Songs”)

this concert is a fundraising event for SUNY Ulster’s veterans organizations
& the Wounded Warrior Project

admission to this concert

general public: $20
seniors: $18
veterans & military: free with proof of service
students & children: free

Veterans & Military personnel: uniforms encouraged but not required

Season Performances:

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
Gala Outdoor Chamber Music Concert

OCTOBER 12, 2014
From Paris with Love

DECEMBER 13, 2014
Holiday Pops!

MARCH 15, 2015
Dramatic Collaborations

MAY 22 & 23, 2015
Memorial Day Tribute to Our Troops and Veterans