Mission Chamber Orchestra Offers Dance Themed Valentine Concert

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PR Log - Jan 26, 2012 - SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 26, 2012 – Composers over the centuries have used dance as inspiration for their compositions, from Bach's 18th century stately court-dance inspired Courantes, Bourrées and Sarabandes to Stravinsky's 20th century Le sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) with its complex pounding rhythms. These compositions have moved audiences from gently nodding their heads or, in the case of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, to riot.

Likewise, Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose led by conductor and musical director Emily Ray will present a varied, danced-themed Valentine concert featuring Dvořák’s light and airy Valse and Scherzo from Serenade for Strings, op. 22 to Piazzolla’s sensuously rhythmic Argentine-tango based Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons). The latter is the highlight of the concert featuring violinist Christina Mok in a virtuoso violin performance of this exciting and cleverly novel piece originally composed for an accordion-like instrument called the bandoneón. This new (2009) arrangement by Russian conductor Leonid Desyatnikov includes an homage to Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Rounding out the performance are Aaron Copland’s Dance Panels and Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no. 1.

The Program:
Antonín Dvořák            Valse and Scherzo from Serenade for Strings, op. 22
Astor Piazzolla             Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons)
Aaron Copland            Dance Panels
Ottorino Respighi        Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no. 1

When:                 Sunday, February 11, 2012 at 7:30PM
Where:                Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA 95112
Title of Event:   Your Dance Card for Valentine’s Day

Tickets: Advance purchase available through the MCOSJ website.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door while quantities last. Ticket prices are $25 for General Admission, Seniors $20, Students $12 and $7 for children under 12.

About Christina Mok
The San Jose Mercury has said of a recent performance, "She was a spellbinder."
She is the winner of the BBC Young Artists' Forum Audition, the Sutton Chamber Music Competition, the Warshaw Violin Competition, the Korean Music Association Scholarship, and was named Young Promising Performer of the Year by the Seoul Arts Center in 1997. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with the full scholarship and was also honored with a British Council Fellowship.

About Mission Chamber Orchestra of San
Founded by conductor and musical director Emily Ray in 1996, Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (MCOSJ) is a volunteer orchestra performing professional quality concerts in the South Bay. The 35 to 50-piece orchestra is known for its innovative programming that surprises and delights its listeners. In May 2011, the San Francisco Classical Voice praised MCOSJ’s performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, calling it "thrilling to hear." MCOSJ features world class artists like Jon Nakamatsu as well as emerging professional soloists. MCOSJ has given the world premieres of more than twenty works and the West Coast or South Bay premieres of many others. MCOSJ caters to a broad audience, featuring classical repertoire and modern works by composers from around the world. Select high school musicians are invited to join the orchestra in many of its concerts.

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Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose/Santa Clara Valley Performing Arts Association

PO Box 32872

San Jose, CA 95152
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