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We’re excited to announce a bold new initiative to help usher in our 37th Season and bring a unique element to our programming.  Through our Composers Showcase, the CCO has selected four works to kick off each of our Orchestral Series concerts.  Our goal is to promote new works for chamber orchestra and to offer a performance opportunity for rising composers.  Plus, as a nod to the natural beauty of Ithaca, we asked each composer to connect their music to the environment, which is the theme you’ll hear running throughout our Orchestral Series.  Join us at each concert to meet these composers and hear the winning compositions.

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September 28, 2013

8:00pm (7:15pm Pre-concert Chat)
Ford Hall, Ithaca College

We are thrilled to welcome back one of Ithaca’s favorite artists, JENNIFER HAYGHE, as she performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2.  Symphony No. 82 by Haydn, nicknamed “The Bear,” provides a light-hearted connection to our season’s environmental theme.  Plus, our first Composers Showcase winner rounds out the program.

O'NEIL: Soft and Salty Winds (Composers Showcase Selection #1)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 82 in C Major Hob. I:82 "The Bear"
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op 21
Jennifer Hayghe, piano

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November 9, 2013

8:00pm (7:15pm Pre-concert Chat)
Ford Hall, Ithaca College

Continuing with our connection to nature, this concert features Copland’s unforgettable Appalachian Spring plus Milhaud’s groundbreaking La création du monde (The creation of the world), with its jazz influences.  Inspired by the Swiss Alps, the Pastoral d’été (Summer Pastoral) adds a contrasting character to this performance that will also feature our second Composers Showcase selection.

TBA: Composers Showcase Selection #2
MILHAUD: La création du monde, Op 81a
HONEGGER: Pastoral d'été, H. 31
COPLAND: Appalachian Spring

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March 29, 2014

8:00pm (7:15pm Pre-concert Chat)
Ford Hall, Ithaca College

The CCO is proud to collaborate with Janet Galván once again to bring The Creation to the stage, a work that many consider to be the crowning achievement for Haydn.  This monumental oratorio was the most massive undertaking the composer ever attempted and the result is one of the most uplifting and powerful works for chorus ever written.

TBA: Composers Showcase Selection #3
HAYDN:  The Creation
Ithaca College Choir (Janet Galván, director)

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May 10, 2014

8:00pm (6:45pm Silent Auction)
Ford Hall, Ithaca College

Join us for the exciting conclusion to our Composers Showcase selections as we conclude our season with our popular Benefit Auction and winners of our Youth Concerto Competition.  Our 37th Season will conclude with the beautiful and programmatic Symphony No. 6 by Beethoven.

TBA: Composers Showcase Selection #4
Lee Strebel Memorial Youth Concerto Competition Winners
Helen Wong, violin
Finian Burns, violin
HANDEL: Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major
BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op 68 "Pastoral"