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Our upcoming concert, “The Haunting Concert Hall,” is making headlines online, in print, and on TV! Check out our feature on 9 News’ “Colorado and Company” here.
We are beyond excited to feature 2019 International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival Winner, Patrick Orr on 10/21/22 at 7:30pm for “The Haunting Concert Hall.” Patrick will be playing Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” with us. More about Patrick:
A native of Kingman, KS, Patrick Orr (24) began his piano journey at age 10 with local teacher Joan Robinson. By 15, Orr began studying professionally with Dr. Julie Bees at Wichita State University. In the past few years, Orr has won several prizes including a gold medal at the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival, placing second in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Young Artist Competition, and has appeared as a semi finalist in both the Wideman and Dallas International Piano Competitions.
Some of Orr’s concerto appearances include performances the Kansas City Symphony, the WSU Symphony, and is very excited to perform Rachmaninoff with Maestro Hughes and Arapahoe Philharmonic.
Orr is also a private piano instructor and an accompanist at Wichita State University. Aside from playing piano, Orr enjoys drawing, journaling, and drinking way too much coffee!
In 2020, Orr graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from Wichita State University. Orr is currently applying for graduate programs to continue his musical studies.
Tickets are on sale now for our annual celebration of the season! Get even the biggest Scrooge into the holiday spirit by joining the Arapahoe Phil for an evening of Holiday Classics! This celebration of the season will be fun for the whole family, featuring favorites like “Sleigh Ride” and “Let It Snow.” You might even want to sing along! Learn more and purchase tickets!
Get into the spooky season with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini”, selections from Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from “Psycho,” and other eerie music bound to make you shriek with delight! Featuring International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival winner Patrick Orr. Learn more and purchase tickets!
This week’s concert features Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” known for it’s dazzling violin solos. Guest concertmaster, Rebekah Durham is tackling this piece with an artistry and flair you don’t want to miss! Get in person tickets or livestream access for the concert here: https://www.arapahoe-phil.org/events/concerts/musichighseas/
More about Rebekah: Rebekah Durham began playing violin at age four in her hometown of Midland, Texas. A dedicated classical violinist all her life, she holds a Bachelors degree and an Artist Diploma from University of Denver as well as a Masters degree from Juilliard. She has served as concertmaster with many ensembles including the National Repertory Orchestra and was featured as a soloist with the NRO as well as with many local orchestras including the Denver Philharmonic, the Niwot Timberline Symphony, and the Lamont Symphony.
Rebekah has also performed non-classical music extensively over the past ten years. She was a member of San Fermin, a Brooklyn-based indie band, and with them she toured the USA, Canada, and Europe with artists such as Alt-J, Courtney Barnett, Sam Amidon, and Son Lux. Rebekah has a passion for bluegrass and string band music and was a member of local bluegrass band Ginny Mules with whom she performed at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Arise Festival, and Durango Meltdown. Since 2019 she has been a member of Ragged Union, a string band whose new record “Round Feet, Chrome Smile” is set for release September 30, 2022. She enjoys a wide variety of freelance opportunities such as teaching violin students, playing hundreds of select events each year, and playing with the Colorado Symphony as a substitute violinist. Rebekah is honored to be playing with the Arapahoe Philharmonic as guest concertmaster this season.
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Jason Richard Olney, our fantastic principal clarinetist, will be featured on our April 29th concert on Eric Ewazen’s “Ballade for Clarinet, Harp, and String Orchestra.” Get in person tickets or livestream access here!
More about Jason:
An active musician in the Denver area, Clarinetist Jason Olney never turns down an opportunity. He has played with orchestras like Denver Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, Boulder Symphony and Steamboat Symphony, opera companies like Boulder Opera and Opera Steamboat, as well as a number of choirs, chamber ensembles and others. Just this year he has played Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Dominick Argento’s virtuosic and absurd Postcard from Morocco, where he played clarinet, bass clarinet and alto sax. Since joining Arapahoe Philharmonic in 2016 as Principal Clarinet, Jason has performed solo concerts, chamber works and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
A teacher with an eclectic and varied background, Jason not only teaches clarinet but also saxophone and trumpet, and even runs several Beginning Bands. Before coming to Colorado to study under Dan Silver at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2009, Jason worked with Drs John Masserini and Shandra Helman in Idaho. Jason continued his development in masterclasses by the acclaimed Imani Winds and Boulder’s own Takas Quartet.
Our amazing principal harpist, Hillary Schefter, will be featured on this week’s “Maestros of the Classroom” concert playing Eric Ewazen’s “Ballade for Clarinet, Harp, and String Orchestra.” Don’t miss this spotlight on one of Colorado’s most talented harpists! Get your tickets or livestream access here.
More about Hillary: Hillary Schefter is a native of Colorado and received her undergraduate and masters degree in harp from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has held the position of Principal Harp with the Arapahoe Philharmonic for 7 seasons and is also currently the principal harp of the Boulder Symphony. When she’s not playing concerts and freelancing, she runs a restaurant in Denver with her husband Ben, and enjoys cooking, hanging out with her cats, teaching advanced pole dancing classes, and learning jiu jitsu.