“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.”
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
students & children free with accompanying adult
all programs, dates & times, and locations are subject to change
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
veterans & military: free with proof of service
students & children: free
Veterans & Military personnel: uniforms encouraged but not required
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
Gala Outdoor Chamber Music Concert
OCTOBER 12, 2014
From Paris with Love
DECEMBER 13, 2014
MARCH 15, 2015
MAY 22 & 23, 2015
Memorial Day Tribute to Our Troops and Veterans