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Musician of the Month: Alan Clark

Sep 9, 2013   //   by Camellia Symphony   //   News Release  //  No Comments

“I grew up hearing my mother’s piano and organ music and my father’s vocal music, his choirs and his viola.  It all seemed very natural for me.”

Alan Clark began playing cello at the young age of 9, after a roving music teacher visited his elementary school trying to recruit young players.  He had previously tried his hand at piano, but things just clicked with the cello and he hasn’t put it down in almost seventy years.  He played throughout his school years and into college at San Francisco State, after which he taught music and English in both San Francisco and Sacramento for thirty-nine years. Throughout the years Alan has been active in numerous musical organizations varying from coaching chamber music at Humboldt State and Chico State, playing in the Santa Rosa and Marin Symphonies, playing showrooms in Tahoe and Reno, and playing on stage of the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

In 1985 Alan joined the Camellia Symphony Orchestra after meeting the then concertmaster play a program in Tahoe.  ”It is such a joy to get to play music with others.  When you get some really good players, like many that we have in the Camellia, and when you combine those players with a great conductor and musician, it is a wonderful delight to get to rehearse and perform.”

Outside of the orchestra Alan enjoys being outdoors.  He especially loves to ski and hike.  Since retirement he has hiked 12 of the 15 14,000 ft peaks in California.  As for the future of Camellia, Alan’s outlook is bright.  ”This orchestra now has a conductor with skills far beyond our talents, a performance hall that is very satisfactory, and a rehearsal hall that is equally good. Things are looking super for us.”

CAMELLIA SYMPHONY’S 51st SEASON INCLUDES U.S. PREMIERE AND WORLD CLASS SOLOISTS

Jun 21, 2013   //   by Camellia Symphony   //   News & Events, News Release  //  No Comments

Sacramento, CA–The Camellia Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has planned an adventurous 51st Season with Music Director and Conductor Maestro Christian Baldini bringing his unique voice as the artistic leader of this distinguished orchestra. The new season promises to be both exciting and fresh with an award-winning U.S. premiere from South America, Piazzolla and Villalobos, a Russian evening, Beethoven’s breath-taking 9th Symphony, and the participation of extraordinary soloists.

On its second season there, CSO is also settling nicely into its beautiful new venue at Sacramento City College. The first season at the newly renovated Performing Arts Center* was a great success with patrons and musicians alike. Offering state of the art acoustics, comfortable seating and open parking, the venue is quickly becoming a popular option to the downtown venue scene.

A Message from Maestro Baldini on the 51st Season:
“The Camellia Symphony Orchestra is a gem in our community. When planning a new season, I always spend a considerable amount of time thinking of works that need to engage our community, bring new sounds from distant lands, continue developing our wonderful orchestra and the great tradition that it has, all of this while finding a nice thematic thread that could be built upon during coming seasons as well.

Our 51st season is filled with great masterworks. We are presenting two works that the orchestra never performed before: Beethoven’s beloved Ninth Symphony & Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. We are also presenting some of the great warhorses that audiences and orchestras alike love: Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird. There will be plenty of variety, music from all over the planet, folk-inspired tunes, rare instruments such as Piazzolla’s favorite (the bandoneon) and one US première of a work by Juan Manuel Abras (Argentina), which received the prestigious Reinl-Stiftung Composition Award in Austria in 2002.

In addition to this, we will be featuring world-class soloists, some of whom will be making their debut in Sacramento. These are artists that I admire and that I am proud to introduce to our community and our loyal audience members. Seth Asarnow is an extraordinary bandoneon player that I first heard about when I was in Buenos Aires conducting the BA Philharmonic. Some of the musicians there recommended Seth very highly, as “an American that plays like an Argentine”. I was delighted to confirm this! Alina Kobialka is only 16 years old, yet she is a very mature musician and a tremendous virtuoso violinist. Everyone in Sacramento knows carry Hennessey, and we are excited to have her back this season. Last, but not least, I am excited to collaborate with two wonderful choruses for our production of Beethoven’s 9th, one from Davis and one from Sacramento. We will have incredible soloists for this concert too. And we will have a surprise ready, of course, as it should be!”

Season tickets are now on sale offering a 25% discount off the single ticket price. They are available through the Camellia Symphony box office; single tickets will go on sale August 1, 2013. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Camellia Symphony office at: (916) 929-6655 or log onto www.camelliasymphony.org.

Folk Inspirations

October 12, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center

Piazzolla, Oblivion

Abras, Suite Argentina, U.S. première

Villalobos, Bachiana Brasileira No. 5, with Carrie Hennessey, soprano

Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra
Ode to Joy!

November 16, 7:30 p.m.

Fremont Presbyterian Church
Salieri, Overture to Les Danaïdes

Mozart, Selected Arias

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 with acclaimed soloists

featuring the Davis Chorale & Fremont Presbyterian Chorus

Russian Fantasy

February 8, 7:30 p.m. & February 9, 2 p.m.

Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center
Liadov, Baba Yaga

Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1 with Alina Kobialka, violin

Liadov, The Enchanted Lake

Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite

An Enigma and Buenos Aires

April 26, 7:30 p.m. & April 27, 2 p.m.

Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center
Schumann, Genoveva Overture

Piazzolla, Suite Punta del Este (for bandoneon and orchestra) with Seth Asarnow, bandoneon

Elgar, Enigma Variations

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 * Sacramento City College (SCC) Performing Arts Center; located at: 3835 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95822.

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