Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus to perform in Bay View May 18
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus will present a concert titled "Songs of Love and Joy" Saturday, May 18, at John M. Hall Auditorium in Bay View. (Courtesy photo / May 7, 2013)
Guest conductor Valerie Palmieri will lead the orchestra, chorus and soloists in performances of works by Handel, Vaughan Williams and Beethoven. Pianist Lori Sims, harpist Joan Raeburn Holland, and violist Carlos Botero will be the featured soloists with the orchestra.
The concert will open with the overture to Handel's opera, "Solomon," which serves as a prelude to the performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Flos Campi" with Carlos Botero, viola soloist. Williams based the work on the Song of Solomon. The orchestra chorus, prepared by chorusmaster Peter Sims, will hum and sing "Ah," while the text may be read by the audience during the performance. Botero was a protege of the late Matthew Hazelwood, former music director for the orchestra. Botero now serves as orchestra consultant, music education lecturer, guest conductor and string clinician for the Batuta Foundation in Colombia, South America.
Harpist Holland will play "Introduction and Allegro" by Maurice Ravel with the orchestra. Holland teaches harp at the Interlochen Arts Academy and at the University of Michigan. She has performed as the harpist for the chamber orchestra since 2004.
Pianist Lori Sims returns to Bay View as soloist in Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy," a work which combines the virtuosity of a piano concerto with a finale sung by the orchestra chorus. She is the John T. Bernhard Professor of Music at Western Michigan University and is well-known to Petoskey and Bay View, having served on the Bay View Music Festival faculty and soloed with the chamber orchestra. She enjoys a distinguished career as an internationally recognized pianist. She received the First Prize Gold Medal at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Guest conductor Palmieri has a distinguished career as a conductor and music educator. She studied conducting with Jonathan Sternberg of the Philadelphia Bach Festival, James Tapia at Syracuse University, David Effron at the Eastman School of Music and Ray Robinson at the Peabody Conservatory.
Reserved seating for the May 18 concert in Bay View is available for $50 and $35. General admission tickets are $20. Students, youth age 18 and under, military personnel and people with disabilities registered with VSA Arts of Michigan are admitted free of charge. All tickets may be purchased online through MyNorthTickets.com, or at the chamber orchestra office at 438 E. Lake St., in Petoskey. General admission tickets are available at chamber of commerce offices in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, East Jordan and Boyne City, and at the door.
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra produces live orchestral performances that provide entertainment, education and inspiration for Northern Michigan. Support for the orchestra is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, the Bay Harbor Foundation, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, Meijer, and more than 300 individual patrons of the arts.
For more information about the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, visit www.glcorchestra.org.