Come experience an alternative model of classical music-making, as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) makes its Baltimore metropolitan area debut at UMBC’s Linehan Concert Hall on Saturday, April 13, at 7 pm, sponsored by Columbia’s Candlelight Concert Society. Artistic Director Irina Kaplan Lande is “thrilled that we can offer our audiences an ensemble of this scope, skill level, and reputation. It demonstrates again Candlelight’s success in attracting world-class talent.”
ECCO consists of 18 self-organizing, self-conducted musicians drawn from distinguished chamber groups and multiple major orchestras, from Boston to San Francisco. “Picture an ensemble where all the performers are equally excellent and each could be the main soloist of the afternoon and you would have the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.” (Albany Times Union)
The members of ECCO are noted for their commitment, their camaraderie, and their “considerable collective intelligence.” (The Inquirer [Philadelphia]). Their focused and impassioned playing offers concertgoers the best of both worlds – the power and tonal breadth of an orchestra and the precision and sensitivity of superb chamber music.
ECCO’s programming is invariably inventive and inspiring. At UMBC, ECCO will be performing “An Ancient Walkabout,” a musical journey that takes the listener on an exploration of the depth and virtuosity of early music while drawing harmonious connections between the western classical music tradition and music inspired by the Andean Region. The program features works by female artists – a piece by contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank and an arrangement by the violinist, Maureen Nelson – as well as compositions by Purcell, Bach and Britten.
The result of all this is “music-making that could bring you to your knees,” (Oregon Music News), performances “so notable that you always make a mental note not to miss this… ensemble when it pops up.” (The Inquirer)
Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.candlelightconcerts.org or by calling the box office at 410-997-2324; Adults $35, Students $12. Candlelight proudly continues its “One Buy One” program, whereby each paying adult may receive a complimentary ticket for one child (ages 9-17). Group tickets (minimum 10) are available one week in advance for $25 each. The concert will be held at UMBC’s Linehan Concert Hall at 1000 Hilltop Circle, at 7 pm on April 13th.
Candlelight Concert Society presents world-class chamber music by today’s leading artists to the Howard County community and beyond. Experience the magic of transformative, live chamber music in a comfortable setting without the commute or parking fees. Founded in Columbia by local music lovers in 1972, Candlelight’s mission extends to its CandleKids series to spark children’s interest in the performing arts and to its Educational Outreach programs to build future audiences through performances, lectures, workshops and master classes. In addition, Candlelight offers Community Outreach performances for Howard County residents unable to attend a formal concert setting. For more information, visit www.candlelightconcerts.org.