2011-2012 Season


PACO is pleased to announce that all regular 2011-2012 concerts, for all orchestras, are free and open to the public.

PACO Concerts

Saturday, October 29, 2011 – 8 pmForrest Byram

Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Forrest Byram, Tuba

Take Tuba

From the deep end of the brass section, we bring you the marvelous sounds of the tuba in an unconventional arrangement of Mozart’s delightful Horn Concerto #1. If anyone can pull this off, it’s tubist extraordinaire Forrest Byram. Also featured on this program is Dvorak’s famous Serenade for Strings, a musical valentine to his beloved Bohemia, plus the first of Handel’s wonderful Opus 6 concerti grossi.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 – 8 pmDina Glendening-Keller, piano

Dinkelspiel Auditorium
471 Lagunita Drive

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Dina Glendening-Keller, piano

From Vienna, with Love

This concert features two famous Viennese composers whose lives and works bridged the Classical and Romantic eras. The powerful opening chords of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture make a fitting introduction to his titanic Piano Concerto #5 (“Emperor”), performed by PACO alumna Dina Glendening-Keller. We close our program with Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Italian Symphony, whose warmth and charm balances the stern beauty of our Beethoven works.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 – 8 pmKarla Eckholm, bassoon

Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Karla Eckholm, bassoon

Red, White, and Bassoon

We’re hoisting tri-colored flags in this diverse program of music from England, France, and the United States. Purcell’s beautiful English Suite begins our tour, then we’re on to France where our featured soloist, bassoon virtuosa Karla Ekholm, will amaze you in Jean Francaix’ delightful Divertimento for Bassoon and Strings. We end at home, where we’ll perform the First Suite for Strings by northern California’s own modern genius, Lou Harrison, whose unique and fascinating compositions blend influences both East and West.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 – 8 pmAriana Kim, violin

Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Ariana Kim, violin

Bach to the Future

From the glorious, golden Baroque to our edgy modern existence, our program illustrates the beauties of classical music’s past and our future-in-the-making. Ascending superstar Ariana Kim makes her PACO debut in J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major, and we present the world premiere of Elizabeth Ogonek’s Window Watchers in a City of Strangers. In between, we celebrate Giacchino Rossini’s leap-year birthday with his lovely String Sonata No. 2, and celebrate our amazing viola section with the luscious Nachtstück by the romantic Max von Weinzierl.

Sinfonia Concerts

Sunday, November 13, 2011 – 3 pm
Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Sinfonia Orchestra
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Angela The, violin
Tessera Chin, viola

Sunday, March 18, 2012 – 3 pm
Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Sinfonia Orchestra
Michel Taddei, guest conductor

Sunday, June 3, 2012 – 3 pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium @ Stanford University
471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford

Sinfonia Orchestra
Benjamin Simon, conductor
2011-12 Concerto Competition Winners

Debut Ensemble Concerts

Sunday, November 20, 2011 – 3 pm
Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Debut Ensemble
Eugene Sor, resident conductor

Sunday, February 26, 2012 – 3 pm
Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Debut Ensemble
Eugene Sor, resident conductor

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 3 pm
Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Debut Ensemble
Benjamin Simon, conductor

Preparatory Orchestra Concerts

Friday, January 27, 2012 – 7:30 pm
Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Preparatory Orchestra
Kris Yenney, director

Friday, May 18, 2012 – 7:30 pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church
670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

Preparatory Orchestra
Kris Yenney, director

SuperStrings Concerts

Friday, February 3, 2012 – 7:30 pm
Cubberley Theatre @ Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

SuperStrings
Kris Yenney, director

Friday, June 1, 2012 – 7:30 pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church
670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

SuperStrings
Kris Yenney, director

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