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Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to Perform Handel, Rheinberger & Brosse, 1/19

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to Perform Handel, Rheinberger & Brosse, 1/19

Intertwining the brilliance of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ - the largest concert hall organ in the country - with the charm and intimacy of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Music Director Dirk Brossé conducts a special organ concert in the KimMel Center's Verizon Hall on Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 pm.

In collaboration with The KimMel Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Orchestra presents a program that spans several classical eras - Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary - and highlights both prominent and rarely heard organ works, making it a concert not to be missed. Alongside the Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster Miho Saegusa and Philadelphia organists Matthew Glandorf, Alan Morrison and Jeffrey Brillhart perform music by Handel, Paulus, Jongen, Brossé, and Rheinberger.

A founding resident company of The KimMel Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Orchestra's January 19, 2014 concert will be performed in the KimMel Center's Verizon Hall.

Tickets for the performance are $24 to $81. Patrons are invited to attend the Pre-Show Artist Chat at 1:40pm in Verizon Hall with Music Director Dirk Brossé, Ms. Saegusa, Mr. Glandorf, Mr. Morrison, Mr. Brillhart, and American Public Media's Pipedreams host, Michael Barone.

George Frideric Handel | Overture to Alessandro, HWV 21
George Frideric Handel | Organ Concerto in G minor, Op. 4 No. 1

Handel's Opus 4 is the first set of fully worked out and duly published organ concertos - a species of music wholly of his own invention - and was followed by two more sets of organ concertos in his later years. His Organ Concerto in G minor was first played on February 16, 1736 during the premiere of the ode, Alexander's Feast. The ode tells the story of a banquet held in the conqured Persian city of Persepolis by Alexander the Great, the same protagonist in Handel's Overture to Alessandro - the 21st in the series of 42 operas he composed between 1705 and 1741. The opera enjoyed considerable early success, but later paled in comparison to his other operas such as Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda. The overture is sprightly and provides a welcome opening for the concert.

Stephen Paulus | Organ Concerto

Paulus' Organ Concerto is a representation of a figurative portrait of the relations between the individual and society. The work is scored for solo organ, strings, and a substantial array of percussion instruments which, throughout the piece, provoke the solo organ into its most emphatic and majestic statements in the piece's Finale. The work was commissioned by Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia through the generosity of Neil and Sue Williams, and Dan and Sandra Mackey, and dedicated to Norman Mackenzie, who was the soloist in its first performance on March 29, 1992.

Joseph Jongen | Hymne, Op. 78, for Organ and String Orchestra

Jongen wrote over 200 works in his entire career, much of which he destroyed in his late years. His Hymne, Op. 78 still stands as one of his best-remembered compositions and is considered to be a warmly expressive and gentle piece, characteristic in both its traditional harmonic idiom and technical polish.

Dirk Brossé | Black, White and In Between

Black, White and In Between is the story of a passionate man trying to find the truth with his constantly searching gaze. The relative and constantly changing definition of truth is prodded in this work, settling to be often found on the dividing line, or 'In Between' - in between Yin and Yang, dark and light, or 'Black and White.'

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