Chamber Orchestra kicks off new season

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Amber Quaid / Managing editor

The Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra started off this semester’s music programs on Sept. 27 in Wolfe Recital Hall. The music selection was based on dance music through several centuries and included works from Bach and Leo Delibes. Each orchestra performance has a different musical piece.

The 43-piece orchestra was made up of 14 violinists, four violas, six cellos, four bass, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, one bassoon, two horns, three trumpets, two trombones and one percussionist. They played a variety of dance music from the 1600s to the early 1900s.

“It’s a combination of college music students, music majors, music minors and community folk,” said Todd Ehle, associate professor of music and the orchestra conductor.

The pieces include “Capriccio Espagnol” by Rimsky-Korsakov, which is Spanish folk music composed for a Russian opera. The orchestra played two movements from this opera, Alborada and Fandango asturiano. The first movement, Alborada, is a festive and exciting dance to celebrate the rising of the sun. Fandango asturiano, which is the fifth and final movement of the opera, is also an energetic dance from Northern Spain.

The “Air from suite 3 in D major” by Bach is Ehle’s favorite piece. Air is the name of various song-like vocal or instrumental compositions, and can also be applied to the interchangeable melodies of folk songs and ballads. According to the international music score library, “Air” is one of the most famous pieces of baroque music.

“I hand fun,” said Frank Munoz, trumpet player. “We accomplished our goal to perform for people who enjoy the music.”

Munoz’s favorite piece was “Slavonic Dance No. 4 Op. 46” by Antonin Dvorak because the entire ensemble was able to play the most together in this piece. This piece is a Sousedská or a semi-slow Bohemian dance in three-quarter time that has a calming, swaying character and it is usually danced in a pairs.

This performance started off this season’s music events. The season looks to be full of more musical opportunities. If you would like more information on the music department you can call them at 698-1211 or go to


 All events are free except the Jerusalem Quartet (but you can get a free voucher)

-Del Mar Master Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Richardson Performance Hall

-Del Mar Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Wolfe Recital Hall

-Phi Mu Alpha Sinfornia American Music Recital, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Wolfe Recital Hall

-The Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society presents the Jerusalem Quartet ($25 tickets or get a free voucher with student ID in FM 102), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Wolfe Recital Hall

-Del Mar Chamber singers Fall Concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 19, Wolfe Recital Hall

-Del Mar College Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Richardson Performance Hall




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