2013–2014 Season

The Concerts

Please note that all concerts start at 7:30, with entertaining and informative pre-concert talks by Maestro Kuo at 6:45.

Concert 1

Anton Nel Plays Mozart

Saturday, October 5 — Beall Concert Hall

The season opens with the majestic overture to Mozart's opera, La Clemenza di Tito. South African piano virtuoso Anton Nel makes his OMP debut in Mozart's "Coronation" concerto, perhaps the most beloved concerto of the composer's time. In turn charming and dramatic, Rudolf Barshai's transcription of Shostakovich's 3rd String Quartet explores the full range of human emotion.

Kelly Kuo, conductor
Anton Nel, piano

Mozart: Overture to La clemenza di Tito
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26, K. 637 in D Major "Coronation"

Concert Sponsors: First Allied Securities, Susan Kauble

Soloist Sponsors: Charles and Leslie Wright

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Concert 2

Death and the Maiden

Saturday, November 9 — Beall Concert Hall

In our contribution to the community-wide Counterpoint Festival, OMP explores the twin themes of love and fate with stories told in music by Manuel de Falla and Franz Schubert. Eugene mezzo-soprano Karen Esquivel is soloist in de Falla's El amor brújo ballet suite. Schubert's Death and the Maiden string quartet, re-imagined for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler, brings the program to a thrilling conclusion.

Kelly Kuo, conductor
Karen Esquivel, contralto

Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta
Falla: El amor brújo: Ballet Suite
Schubert /arr. Mahler: Death and the Maiden, D. 810, in D Minor

Concert Sponsors: Marian and Jeffrey Eaton, Carol Britt and Dana Foss in memory of Jerry and Nancy Eaton

Program notes

Concert 3

Candlelight Baroque

Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20 — 7:30
First Christian Church, 1166 Oak Street

Our popular holiday favorite is a veritable Baroque smorgasbord, with six of our own players sharing the soloist spotlight. Highlights include Corelli's Christmas Concerto and J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 51, "Shout with Joy to God in Every Land," which features popular Eugene soprano Laura Decher Wayte and OMP principal trumpet Dave Bender.

Kelly Kuo, conductor
Jill Pauls, flute
Dave Bender, trumpet
Cheryl Denice, oboe
John Jantzi, organ
Alice Blankenship and Stephen Chong, violins
Ann Grabe, cello
Laura Decher Wayte, soprano

A. Scarlatti: Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major
Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2
Albinoni (attr.): Adagio in G Minor
Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 in G Minor
Purcell: Orchestral Suite from Dido and Aeneas
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen"

Concert Sponsors: Paul and Nonnie Cole, Newman's Fish Company

Program notes

Concert 4

Mostly Mozart

Saturday, February 15 — Beall Concert Hall

We celebrate our namesake's genius with performances of two late masterworks. Michael Anderson joins us as soloist in the Mozart's beloved Clarinet Concerto, and the Symphony No. 39 receives its first OMP performance in 15 years. Rounding out the program is Stravinsky's charming Dumbarton Oaks, described by the composer as "a little concerto in the style of the Brandenburg Concertos."

Kelly Kuo, conductor
Michael Anderson, clarinet

Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat Major "Dumbarton Oaks"
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 in A Major
Mozart: Symphony No. 39. K. 543 in E-flat Major

Concert Sponsor: Diana Gardener
Soloist Sponsors: Theodore and Laramie Palmer

Program notes

Concert 5

Czech Connection

Saturday, May 10 — Beall Concert Hall

Our final concert surveys the rich history of Czech music, from its origins in European classicism to the full flowering of Bohemian nationalism. We welcome Brian McWhorter as soloist in Johann Baptist Georg Neruda's thoroughly classical Trumpet Concerto. The first hints of his later distinctive style are evident in the 24-year-old Leos Janáček's lush Idyll for string orchestra. Dvořák's suite, with its spirited ethnic dances, distills the essence of the Czech spirit.

Kelly Kuo, conductor
Brian McWhorter, trumpet

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Janáček: Idyll
Neruda: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
Dvořák: Czech Suite, Op. 39 in D Major

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