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  • Writer's pictureMichael Palumbo

It’s Our Annual Red Dress Concert

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

Our annual Red Dress Concert is coming up on February 8.  This concert is sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center, and is a celebration of American Heart Month, which is February of each year.  The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Ogden’s Historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, and it’s always one of the highlights of our orchestra season.

This year we will perform five works for orchestra, including two with members of the orchestra who were chosen to perform as soloists with us.  The concert will open with The Overture to “Dei Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr..  Die Fledermaus translates as “The Bat,” however rest assured that no bats were harmed in the opera.  In fact there are no bats in it at all except for the character Falke.  Look up a synopsis of the opera for more information,

Next up will be Prometheus Rapture (Seven Legends for Snare Drum and Orchestra) by Sean Beeson.  Our soloist on this is percussionist Matthew Kinney, who will play several of the movements. The piece was written for Dame Evelyn Glennie, who gave the world premiere.

Moving to music from Russia we will next present Igor Stravinsky’s set of very short pieces titled Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra.  These pieces are lively and in spite of the time period in which Stravinsky wrote them, quite tonal.

Carl Maria von Weber wrote his well-known Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in f minor in 1811.  It’s since become a staple of the clarinet repertoire.  Our orchestra clarinetist Shawn Berry will perform the first movement of the concerto with the orchestra.

Closing out the program will be Georges Bizet’s exciting Carmen Suite No. 1.  After Bizet’s death a close friend compiled this suite and the Suite No. 2 from Bizet’s best-known opera “Carmen,”  The suite ends with the rousing Les Toréadors.

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 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  As always active military, veterans, and their families are admitted without charge to all COO concerts, as are music students ages 8-18.

Well-behaved children 8 and older are welcome to attend the concert.

For more information please visit our website:, our Facebook page at or contact Michael Palumbo at, 801-624-9232.  Follow us on Twitter at @ogdenmusic and Instagram 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, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support.

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