To kick off its 40th Anniversary Season, the Gorge Sinfonietta presents a World Tour Concert, featuring symphonic music from around the globe. Artistic director and conductor Mark Steighner describes the concert as “the chance to hear a wide variety of music from different countries, without the hassle of airports and travel.”
The concert includes music from the United States, England, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Mexico. As part of the concert and season, patrons can pick up a CGOA Passport at performances and have them stamped, with an exclusive 40th Season t-shirt as a reward for multiple stamps. “Just like a heavily stamped passport suggests a world of travel, memories and experiences, a full CGOA Passport indicates someone has enjoyed a wide range of music.”
Special guests on the concert include the Voci choir and the CGOA Youth Chorus, directed by Corin Parker. The Youth Chorus will be premiering an arrangement of two Mexican folk songs for choir and orchestra.
The Sinfonietta will be performing music by Anton Dvorak, Victor Herbert, Fredrick Delius and ending with Edward Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, a beloved symphonic work that presents over a dozen variations on a musical theme, each suggesting the personality of Elgar’s closest friends. One of the highlights of the “Enigma” Variations is the stirring 9th Variation (“Nimrod”) which has been used in countless films and adaptations.
In addition to the concerts, CGOA has launched a monthly podcast and the October edition includes interviews with several members of the Sinfonietta. The CGOA Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast and Anchor.fm.
The World Tour Concerts are in the Wy’east Middle School PAC on Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM with a short talk about the music beginning 20 minutes before the performances. Tickets are $20 for adults ($15 for CGOA members), $5 Youth ages 10-17, and free for kids under 10. Tickets are available at the door and through gorgeorchestra.org