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At Chamber Orchestra Ogden, we believe in providing the community with a series of state-of-the-art shows and performances that truly make an impact. In truth, Chamber Orchestra Ogden has been dazzling audiences with magical productions since 2011. We’ve produced and hosted a wide range of performances and have an outstanding group of performers that bring each of our productions to life. Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or for some good old entertainment, Chamber Orchestra Ogden is the best bet for a nice night out on the town. We’ve got something for everyone to enjoy here, including top-of-the-line productions at very reasonable prices. Come see what we’re all about, start your musical experience with us, and get your tickets today! Prepare to be entertained!
WHO WE ARE
We were formed in 2011, under the baton of Dr. Michael Palumbo (professor emeritus, Weber State University). We are professional, semi-professional, and amateur musicians from along the Wasatch Front and are honored to call Peery’s Egyptian Theater our home. We endeavor to provide high-quality, low-cost professional-level orchestra concerts to downtown Ogden. We want to make classical music accessible, affordable, and enjoyable for the greater Ogden community. Since opening our doors in 2011, Chamber Orchestra Ogden has managed to captivate the hearts of audiences across the Ogden community and beyond with a variety of quality performances and shows. Stop by today and come see one of our unforgettable shows!
We are a “chamber orchestra”, which simply means that we are a bit smaller than, say, a “symphony orchestra”. The word “chamber” of course implies a room, and in fact, the history of the chamber orchestra as an ensemble goes back to the small ensembles European aristocrats had at their disposal for personal entertainment. A modern symphony orchestra might have 80-100 players, and the usual chamber orchestra about 50.
Orchestras in general are divided into four sections: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The strings are divided further into first violins, second violins, violas, cellos, and basses. The strings generally work as a team with a homogeneous sound, and the section contains instruments of varying sizes covering the higher register (violins) all the way down to the lowest register (basses).
The woodwinds sit behind the strings and are made up of flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons. In contrast to the strings, the woodwinds vary in sound, due to variations in means of sound production. This creates a rich, colorful sound equally capable of supplying melodies or harmonies as the composer sees fit. Like the strings, the woodwind group covers the highest register (piccolo) down to the lowest (contrabassoon).
The brass section in a chamber orchestra typically consists of pairs of trumpets and horns, although it's common to add to that more horns and trumpets as well as trombones and sometimes tuba. The distinct instruments of the brass section are also capable of performing both melodies and harmonies, and because of their ability to play loudly, are often used for dynamic punctuation.
The percussion section can vary wildly in make-up, but at a minimum usually consists of a pair of tympani (also called kettle drums). The timpani is tuned to a specific pitch and helps reinforce the bass line or the harmony of composition. There are actually several pieces of music where the timpani plays a melody line. Other percussion instruments, such as snare drum, bass drum, triangle, etc., are used for a particular coloristic effect or to reinforce a particular passage's rhythmic drive. Did you know that the harp, the piano, and other members of the chordophone family are classified as percussion instruments?
The conductor’s job is to help hold the entire ensemble together by providing central leadership, encouraging particular types of expression through physical gestures, and controlling balance, tempo, and overall volume of the ensemble on the fly.