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From Brahms to Copland and Abraham Lincoln

On March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Chamber Orchestra Ogden will present the third concert of our orchestra season at our home, Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

This concert will feature two works, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in e, Opus 98, and Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated in this performance by Alicia Washington, co-founder of Ogden’s Good Company Theatre.

By the time Brahms wrote his fourth symphony during the years 1884-85, he was generally regarded as Germany’s greatest composer. There are those who consider there is a tragic element to this symphony, but others consider the symphony to be uplifting and hopeful, despite its minor key ending. It is easy to see why many critics regard this symphony as his finest work in the genre. The fourth movement, a set of 30 variations on a bass line taken from a Bach cantata, is as profound as any music Brahms was to write.

According to Wikipedia, Conductor Andre Kostelanetz commissioned Copland to write a musical portrait of an "eminent American" for the New York Philharmonic. Copland chose President Abraham Lincoln, and used material from speeches and letters of Lincoln, as well as original folk songs of the period, including "Camptown Races" and "On Springfield Mountain". Copland finished Lincoln Portrait in April 1942.

The first performance was by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on 14 May 1942, with William Adams as the narrator. Because of his leftist views Copland was blacklisted and Lincoln Portrait withdrawn from the 1953 inaugural concert for President Eisenhower.

Peery’s Egyptian Theater is the venue for this, and all of Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s regular season concerts. As always COO wishes to recognize the Egyptian Theater for its in-kind support of the orchestra’s concerts in this amazing venue.

Tickets for this and all Chamber Orchestra Ogden concerts at Peery’s Egyptian Theater are $10.00 and are available by phone at 801-689-8700, or in person at the Egyptian Theater box office M-F from 10 am to 6 pm. They may also be purchased online at Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before the concert begins.

As always, active military, veterans, and their families are admitted without charge to all COO concerts, as are students ages 8-18.

Well-behaved children 8 and older are welcome to attend this, and all COO concerts.

For more information, please visit our website at our

Facebook page at or contact Michael Palumbo at, 801-624-9232. Follow us on Twitter at @ogdenmusic and on Instagram at chamberorchestraogden.

COO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We extend our grateful thanks to Weber County RAMP, Ogden City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, the Utah Legislature, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support.

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