Eastern Nazarene College will present a family concert by the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Cove Performing Arts Center on the college's main campus in Wollaston. Tickets for the concert are $10 general admission, with students and children admitted free.
Presented as part of ENC's Musica Eclectica concert series, the performance - directed by ENC Professor and Quincy conductor Delvyn Case - will feature American composer Aaron Copland's famous "Appalachian Spring" Suite, one of the most beloved pieces of American classical music. The score, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1945, is best known for its use of the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts."
The performance of "Appalachian Spring" will be accompanied by a display of artwork inspired by the music that was created by second graders from Quincy's Beechwood Knoll Elementary School. During the fall, Case worked with Beechwood Knoll art teacher Jonathan Boughton to develop a program in which students created works of art while listening to the various movements of the Copland's piece. The resulting works of art will be projected on a screen while the orchestra performs.
"In this way, the students will get the thrill of really collaborating with the orchestra to put on this performance," Case said. "It will be a unique experience for them, for the audience, and for the orchestra."
The orchestra will also present the world premiere of a composition for strings by Quincy composer Jennifer Leigh Harris. Now a graduate student at the world-renowned Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Harris graduated in 2008 from ENC as the school's first-ever music composition major.
Founded in 2008 by Case, the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra is the city's only fully-professional orchestra. The mission of the ensemble is to present high-quality performances of classical music in the city of Quincy in collaboration with local institutions and organizations.
The QBCO is a "chamber" orchestra in that it is much smaller than a symphony orchestra like the Boston Pops or the Quincy Symphony. "The music that a chamber orchestra plays can be quite different from that played by a large ensemble," Case said. "The smaller size of the group also allows the audience a much more intimate and immediate experience of the performance, as well as a more relaxed environment for the concert."
Case said this project was inspired by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director, Yoichi Udagwa. "Through its benefit concerts and outreach initiatives, the Quincy Symphony provides a remarkable model for the way a large orchestra can become integrated into the musical life of our community," he said. "I hope the QBCO can contribute to our city in similar ways."
Udagawa noted, "I'm thrilled that Quincy is now getting a new chamber orchestra. Del is a wonderful musician, and the QBCO will be a great addition to the cultural life of the city."
In August the QBCO opened its season with a concert at the new Kennedy Senior Center sponsored by the Quincy Council on Aging. The group will also present a concert on February 13th at the 1000 Artery Senior Center and in June at Quincy's Flag Day Parade.
Quincy musician Delvyn Case is well-known throughout the city for numerous musical projects. He served as Artistic Director of the city's Summerfest Concert Series in 2009, and founded a new community choir, the Quincy Summer Singers, which presented its debut concert in August. He also directs the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union and is the former Artistic Director of ENC's Musica Eclectica concert series.
An award-winning composer whose works have been performed across the country, Case composed a new piece for the Quincy Symphony Orchestra in 2008 which was performed at the QSO's benefit concert for the Quincy Public Schools. He currently teaches at ENC and at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.
For more information, visit www.qbco.org or call 617-745-3715.
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