The Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville Returns to Serenade

January 15, 2009

January 15, 2009 — The Charlottesville Symphony Society will present, for the second year, the Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville with a concert Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.

As Charlottesville's professional chamber orchestra, the ensemble offers a new opportunity for symphonic music in the community. It is dedicated to performing the diverse literature written for smaller orchestral forces, and will feature many of the area's finest instrumentalists, including several of the talented artist/teachers on the University of Virginia faculty.

Led by music director Kate Tamarkin, the Chamber Serenade concert will also showcase the artistry of new U.Va. faculty oboist Aaron Hill.

From 2002 through 2008, Hill played principal oboe in the Flint Symphony Orchestra under Enrique Diemecke, including an appearance as a soloist performing Mozart's Oboe Concerto in 2007. He has also performed as a guest with other orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Hartford Symphony and Windsor Symphony. In 2003, he appeared as principal oboe with the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

Several of the pieces on the program represent an affectionate offering from the composers' greatest works. The "Siegfried Idyll" was a birthday gift to serenade Wagner's second wife, Cosima. A tender and intimate offering, the work reveals a gentleness in Wagner's personality that one rarely glimpses in his operas, and it has become his most popular instrumental composition.

"Lyric" was written in 1941 as a memorial to George Walker's grandmother. Walker later incorporated the movement into his First String Quartet, subtitled "Lyric." "Lyric" remains his most frequently performed composition, and is often compared to Samuel Barber's beloved Adagio for Strings (which was, coincidentally, drawn from Barber's first string quartet).

The concert ends with one of the most beloved works in the classical symphonic literature, Mozart's G-minor Symphony. In this work, Mozart expands the emotional boundaries of the classical symphony by his very expressive, intensely personal musical language.

The concert is sponsored by Sage Physics & Engineering.