The 2021-22 Menotomy Concert Series returns to City Hall on Friday at 7:30 pm October 22, with performances by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra.
This series has been on hiatus since March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. For the concert, masks are compulsory.
The concert is free, but a donation is greatly appreciated and goes directly to the artists.
Vaughan-Williams, “Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”;
Mozart, Flute Concerto in G major, K. 313 – Wei Zhao, solo flute; and
Shostakovich, Chamber Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op. 110a
The Lowell Chamber Orchestra is the city’s first and only professional orchestra. It provides the district with a high-level music ensemble, of all styles and eras, completely free for the general public.
Lowell is a community rich in cultural diversity but struggling economically in many ways, so access to high quality arts is essential. In a press release, the orchestra said, “The interactive nature of the performances is particularly important to an audience many of whom have not enjoyed the artistic programming before.
“There is an international and diverse nature of the players that reflects the Lowell community itself. The ensemble sometimes includes among its professional members, music students enrolled in local universities, in order to give them the opportunity to acquire professional experience .”
During its two years, the orchestra presented three world premieres and 11 local premieres – some from commissions from the orchestra itself – alongside favorite works that encompass 300 years of music. The orchestra recorded an album, “The Suite,” which was critically acclaimed by The Arts Fuse, an online magazine; Naxos and others. He is working on a new album, which will be released next spring.
The Lowell Chamber Orchestra has partnered with Lowell City of Learning to organize educational events around Lowell, with the aim of making Lowell a UNESCO Learning City.
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These press announcements were published on Sunday October 3, 2021.