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On October 11th and 12th, Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra launched its twefth season of bringing outstanding musical performances to Ventura County audiences. Clarinetist David Singer provided two masterful performances of Mozart's Concerto in A major, followed by his personal interpretation of Gershwin's "Embracable You" as an audience-pleasing encore.  The orchestra was in fine form with the Overture to Don Giovanni and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

December 13 and 14, David Etterbeek gave two superb performances as soloist in F. J. Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. The CHICO strings opened the first half of the program in fine form with selections from Montiverdi's Orfeo and the second half with Mozart's Serenade "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."  The full orchestra rounded out the program with Harty's setting of G.F. Handel's Water Music and Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony.

In January, we presented our annual performance of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf for fourth-graders.  On January 17 and 18, performers selected in our young artist auditions were featured in the "Celebrating Youth" concert.  Pianist David Gatchel played the first movement of Prokokiev's Piano Concerto No. 3; Cellist Madeline Offerman played the first movement of Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No. 1; Soprano Haley Slade sang Offenbach's Doll's Aria and Gershwin's Summertime;  Baritone Adam Hedelund sang Gluck's "Che faro senza Euridice" from Orpheus and Schubert's Ave Maria.  All soloists performed in outstanding fashion and have promising futures.  In addition, the orchestra performed Suite No. 2 from Bizet's Carmen.  

Upcoming March 21 and 22 will be the premiere of Bevan Manson's Santa Monica Mountains for Jazz Guitar and Chamber Orchestra with Hans Ottsen as soloist, and Maurice Ravel's dazzling Concerto in G with annual favorite Miriam Arichea as piano soloist.  As a bonus, the orchestra will reprise Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Bevan Manson, a fabulous composer and jazz player (piano) moved to Ventura County within the last couple of years from a career that includes teaching composition at the New England Conservatory of Music and heading up the jazz program at University of California at Berkeley. He is very active in Improvisatory Minds - a group focused on chamber music composed by jazz musicians and in studio work and performances all over the country. He also graces many groups locally with his wonderful skills at the piano. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The concert March 22 in Ventura will be at 7 p.m.  The concert in Camarillo March 21 will be at 4 p.m.

The season will conclude May 2 and 3, showcasing F.J. Haydn's The Creation in our annual Choral-Orchestral Spectacular. 

 
 

KuanFen Liu, Artistic Director

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