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Red Dress Concert 2022

Chamber Orchestra Ogden opens the New Year with the annual Red Dress Concert on January 29, 2022, with the world premiere of Alfonso Tenreiro’s Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Nicholas Maughan. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. This is the ninth year of Red Dress concerts, which are sponsored by Ogden Regional Medical Center in honor of American Heart Month which is February. The concert will open with the overture to Rossini’s opera La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie). According to various sources La Gazza Ladra is a melodrama or opera semiseria in two acts with a libretto by Giovanni Gherardini. It is based on La pie voleuse, a play of the same name by Théodore Baudouin d’Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote many works for winds, but it is generally conceded that the Serenade No. 10 in B-flat ranks among the top three. The orchestra’s second work tonight will be the Adagio movement from this serenade. During his lifetime Alexander Borodin was a celebrated chemist by trade, however he is now better remembered as a musician and composer, part of the “Mighty Five” Russian composers in the 19th century. Tonight, we will perform one of his best-known works, In the Steppes of Central Asia. The Ballade in a minor, Opus 33 is one of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s best-known works. It is a powerful composition that leaves no doubt that the 23-year-old composer would make his mark in the world as a composer. The child of an African father and British mother, Coleridge-Taylor was born in London in 1875 and raised there by his mother and her family. His parents had never married, and his father, Daniel Taylor, had returned to Sierra Leone prior to Samuel’s birth. The final work on this concert is Alfonso Tenreiro’s brilliant piano concerto. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alfonso Tenreiro received his musical training in Composition, Choral Conducting and Organ from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was Assistant Instructor in his field. Tenreiro’s compositions have been performed and recorded in Venezuela and the United States. His works have also been performed by the Utah Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, and Ogden Camerata. They have been the recipient of awards by the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), Indiana University, Friends and Enemies of New Music, Contemporary Record Society, the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Arts Festival. Presently, Alfonso teaches at Saint Joseph Catholic Schools and is Music Director at Saint Florence Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Church. He continues his activities as a composer. Our soloist Nicholas Maughan enjoys a busy career as a pianist, collaborator, and composer. His work in chamber music, musical theater & opera, & ballet has taken him from coast to coast. He has worked with musicians including members of the Vermeer String Quartet, the Amelia Piano Trio, Rahim AlHaj, Nelita True, & Jean Barr. Currently the Company Pianist at Ballet West, Nic plays class & rehearsal for company artists & plays keyboards for the Ballet West Orchestra. Nic’s recent compositions include commissions for Art Emotion USA, Aubrey Adams-McMillan, Jessica Baynes, and Ballet West. A member of Chamber Orchestra Ogden, Nic is very excited to be performing as the pianist for Alfonso Tenreiro’s new Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in Ogden’s own Peery’s Egyptian Theater. As always COO wishes to recognize the Egyptian Theater for its in-kind support of the orchestra’s concerts in this amazing venue and also the theater staff for their help. Tickets for this and all concerts 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 2 pm. They may also be purchased online at https://www.ogdenpet.com/tickets Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each concert begins. The summer Untamed POPS! concert at the Ogden Amphitheater is free! 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 https://chamberorchestraogden.org/ our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberOrchestraOgden/ or contact Michael Palumbo at contactchamberorchestraogden@gmail.com, 801-624-9232. Follow us on Twitter at @ogdenmusic and on Instagram at chamberorchestraogden. Please wear red to the concert. 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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