The City of Birmingham
Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board
Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Linn Park, Birmingham City Center
Tuesday afternoon, 5:30 pm
December 4, 2001
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Traditional / Suzuki
Violin Students of Catherine Hunt
Christmas Eve Suite, op. 36 Niels Gade
Die Weihnachtsglocken (Christmas Bells) 1817 - 1890
Kind Jesus ward zur Welt gebracht (The Child Jesus was Brought to Earth
Tanz der kleinen Mädchen (Dance of the Little Girls)
Der Weihnachtsbaum Marsch (Christmas Tree March
Fantasy on "Sleepers, Wake" Johann Sebastian Bach
Chorale from Cantata #140, arr. by Vernon Leidig 1685 - 1750
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach
Chorale from Cantata # 147, arr. by Merle Isaac 1685 - 1750
Pastoral Symphony from "Messiah" George Fredrich Handel
1685 - 1759
Greensleeves Traditional, arr. by Alfred Reed
Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson
Thanks to Stanley Robinson and the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board for their assistance in staging this performance and to Birmingham-Southern College for providing RMCO a rehearsal and performance home for many years.
The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra
The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra exists to educate and give pleasure to the public by performing a repertoire of classical music not otherwise heard in Birmingham, as well as to provide a musical outlet for skilled players, conductors, and soloists, both professional and amateur, in the community. Because of our chamber orchestra size, we are able to move about the area, playing in different venues each season, thereby reaching a more diverse audience and addressing ourselves more clearly to the needs and interests of the community. Although completely independent as to policies, the RMCO has for about a decade rehearsed and performed at Birmingham-Southern College. We are proud to be an adjunct of BSC's Division of Fine and Performing Arts.
Founded 21 years ago, with the first concert on November 2, 1980, the orchestra has always been based in Birmingham, although some of the players come in from outlying communities and we perform at least once a season outside the city. With ages ranging from 15 to 80, the most veteran of us played in the Birmingham Civic Symphony, the youngest are students. All of us are bound together by a passion that leads us to work on concert materials well before rehearsals for the sake of the music. Although we include many physicians, a dentist, a physics professor, and several band teachers, most of us studied our instruments seriously in university music departments and at conservatories before finding other sources of daily income.
We exist as a musical force because of the support of many who like what we do. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have, over the years, given us the tools we needed to survive and flourish: Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University, and the Unitarian Church, all of whom have given the orchestra a home base across the years for rehearsals and performances; the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Birmingham Regional Arts Commission, and the private donors who have provided financial support; area churches, libraries, and schools who have allowed us rehearsal and performance space, especially the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Museum of Art; and all of the conductors, soloists, and players who have given freely of their time and talents to work with this orchestra.
THE RED MOUNTAIN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PLAYERS
*Students from the
Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham-Southern College, UAB, UAB's
Ph.D. & M.D. programs, and Samford School
*Students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham-Southern College, UAB, UAB's Ph.D. & M.D. programs, and Samford School of Pharmacy.
*Brian Van Tine
Did you enjoy today's program?
Contributions are much needed by the Red Mountaineers for the purchase/rental of music and other expenses. A cash contribution would be appreciated. If you have questions, call Suzanne Beaudry at 254-3774. We qualify as a non-profit organization under Chapter 401-C.
Please visit our web site at http://www.rmco.org