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Celebrating America’s Music
February 16 : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
One event on February 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm
The opening concert of the Chamber Orchestra’s 2021 concert series will be given on February 16, 2021 at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. The one-hour program is titled Celebrating America’s Music. Honoring Black History Month, music by African-American composers Jessie Montgomery, Scott Joplin, and William Grant Still, will be performed. Arthur Foote’s “Serenade in E Major” (which was premiered at the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago, will open the concert. The program also includes George Gershwin’s “Lullaby”/ The orchestra will be conducted by Robert Vodnoy.
The orchestra will perform at the Church of the Redeemer, whose facilities are handicapped accessible. The concert will comply with all covid-19 guidelines, will be about one-hour long with no intermission, with the audience limited in size and seated at safe social distances. Masks will be required of audience and performers.
The Chamber Orchestra is entering its fourth season. Music Director Robert Vodnoy brings 45 years of experience as conductor and music director to the chamber orchestra. He recently retired from Northern State University (SD) where he was orchestra director/professor of strings, music history, and arts administration. He is also the music director of the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra (IN) and was the long-tenured music director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, and the Huron Symphony. He has guest-conducted throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim.