Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
2017-2018 Season sponsored by UCHealth
At the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra we are hard at work with preparations for our 107th season – and we’re eager to share our plans with you!
This year, our tradition of musical excellence continues as we offer astonishing music created for films, colorful flights of fancy, and beloved familiar pieces. We’ll even spend a magical night of nostalgia with those four talented lads from Liverpool.
There’s always something amazing to hear at the GPO. Come share the sights and magnificent sounds, the swirling rhythms and hues of a live symphony performance.
There are a lot of new things to be excited about this year – beginning with the new night! This season, our concerts will be on Friday nights. (The exceptions are Poinsettia Pops, Christmas Brass and New Year’s Eve.) We hope that means more people will stay downtown to shop and dine before a concert.
Union Colony Civic Center
The Union Colony Civic Center is northern Colorado's premier performing arts venue, and is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The UCCC is home to two performance venues, Monfort Concert Hall, which seats 1,686 and Hensel Phelps Theatre, which seats 214.
107 years of excellence
The GPO is one of only a few orchestras in the United States today to reach the elite status of operating for over a century. It shares this accomplishment in cities much larger than ours. The GPO believes that the quest for beautiful music was a hallmark of those who settled our area, and so it remains today.
The GPO is a professional orchestra hiring musicians from all over Colorado. Every orchestra member has auditioned and been contracted by the Greeley Philharmonic. Over 70% of our orchestra members hold a Master's Degree or higher, and many of our musicians have made successful careers performing for the GPO and other professional orchestras throughout the Front Range and beyond.
The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra: A Century of Musical Magic, 1911-2011
This award-winning book, the work of a committee of seven authors to help celebrate the GPO’s century season, tells the story of how this remarkable musical organization has played a central role in making Greeley the city of music that it is today.
“We carry within our minds the ability to paint beautiful pictures and create a better world, all of which can be unlocked while sitting and listening to music in a darkened auditorium.”
A Night at the Movies
Sponsored by: Dale Boehner
John R.P. & Jane Wheeler Family
September 22, 2017, 7:30 PM, Union Colony Civic Center
Celebrate the movies! Join the GPO in an evening of classical pieces famously featured in films along with popular original movie scores. Our movie date opens with the lush and powerful strains of Mahler’s Adagietto, powerfully resonating with tension and suspense, and then finishes in dramatic fashion with the familiar stirring film scores of John Williams including the theme from Star Wars.
Join us for a reception at downtown Greeley's newest hotel: the DoubleTree by Hilton at Lincoln Park. Stay tuned for more information!
STRAUSS: Four Last Songs
MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS
“RADIANT”, “COMMANDING”, “COMPELLING and IMPRESSIVELY TOUCHING”, are some recent accolades for soprano Lara Ryan. About her performance in the title role of Victor Herbert’s grand opera Natoma, Opera News wrote “(as Natoma) Lara Ryan sang with a creamy soprano full of power at both ends of her wide range.” Most recently, Lara sang the role of Diane Disney in the US premiere of Philip Glass’ The Perfect American at both Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre. The production was unanimously praised by critics and the cast was called “simply sensational” by the Signal Tribune. She has sung with the New York Philharmonic, New England Symphony, Collegiate Chorale, Utah Festival Opera, Anchorage Opera, Madison Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, and the New York Bar Association Concert Series, amongst others. She returns to Long Beach Opera in the fall for a production of Menotti’s The Consul, starring Patricia Racette.
Little Women Opera
Sponsored by: Sheryl McBride
November 17, 2017, 7:30 PM Union Colony Civic Center
Follow the beloved March sisters as they grow from childhood to woman-hood in this critically acclaimed hit contemporary opera. The quintessential American story is based on the best-selling book and set to beautiful music by Mark Adamo. Since its premiere in 1998, Little Women has become one of the most celebrated American operas. The GPO is proud to partner with the UNC Opera Theatre to present this beloved American story!
Learn what it takes to bring a literary classic to the opera stage when composer Mark Adamo joins Glen Cortese for a Meet-the-Maestro pre-concert talk. Adamo is at the forefront of American composers. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and hear one of the great contemporary musical innovators.
ADAMO: Little Women
Sponsored by: Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center
December 2nd, 2017, 7:30PM, Union Colony Civic Center
A highlight of the holiday season! The GPO is joined by the Greeley Chorale and Greeley Children's Chorale in a performance of beloved carols and seasonal favorites. This colorful, festive celebration of music and comedy has become a Greeley tradition. The entire family will have fun at this joyous concert in the poinsettia-adorned Monfort Concert Hall.
Don't forget to order your poinsettias from the Greeley Philharmonic Guild! These beautiful plants are great for the office, fireplace hearth, dining room table, or anywhere that could use a little extra "holiday touch."
Sponsored by: John R.P. and Jane Wheeler Family
December 10th, 2017, 7:30 PM, First United Methodist Church
Bright and shiny, the GPO Brass Section steps front and center for this jubilant festival of carols and hymns. The rich, resounding sounds of trumpets and trombones proclaim the holiday in unforgettable style. This concert is held in the beautiful, intimate setting of the First United Methodist Church.
New Year's Eve Gala
December 31st, 2017, 8:00 PM Union Colony Civic Center
A thoroughly delightful and elegant way to ring in the New Year! Join your friends and neighbors for a sparkling concert of favorite melodies finishing just in time to watch the iconic Times Square Ball Drop. Your ticket includes a champagne toast at the post-concert celebration.
The Jazz Age
Sponsored by: Edward Jones
February 16, 2018, 8:00 PM, Union Colony Civic Center
Musical styles have been used for centuries to connect audiences to both literary ideas and human emotion. Nineteenth-century composers drew from resources around them in much the same way film score composers do today, allowing their audiences to understand music in a contemporary way. Ravel, Stravinsky and Brahms were all masters of musical style. Join Dr. Janice Dickensheets in the Hensel Phelps Auditorium for a look at how these composers have used musical styles to shape their compositions and how it applies to this concert’s repertoire.
Frances Cobb began playing the harp at age six with members of her own family at her home in Arkansas. The love of the harp had been passed down through three generations of the Cobb family beginning with her grandmother. Frances has played principal harp with the Kentucky Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Queen City Chamber Opera, Cincinnati Symphony.
RAVEL: “Introduction and Allegro”
STRAVINSKY: “The Firebird”
BRAHMS: Symphony #4
Classical Mystery Tour
Sponsored by: Great Western Bank
March 2, 2018, 7:30 PM, Union Colony Civic Center
It’s The Beatles! Four musicians with the same sweet sound and groovy look as Liverpool’s Fab Four share the stage with the GPO for a high-energy concert of classics from the Beatles’ songbook. Hear Penny Lane with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, enjoy the classical/rock blend on "I Am the Walrus," and relish the cascading crescendos on “A Day in the Life.”
From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you've never heard them before – accompanied by a full symphony orchestra!
Join the GPO for a Pre-Concert talk as Dr. Kenneth Womack, award-winning Beatles’ biographer and author of multiple volumes of Beatles Encyclopedias joins us from Monmouth University to share everything there is to know about the Fab Four.
Sponsored by: Sallie Johnson
April 27, 2018, 7:30 PM Union Colony Civic Center
Bask in the mighty, robust sound of hundreds of voices joined with the orchestra in a moving and emotional performance. This acclaimed master-work by celebrated contemporary composer Joseph Vella is a great Mass stunningly reimagined for a modern world. Following its renowned premiere in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, this is only the second time the work has been performed in the US. This is certain to be an extraordinary experience.
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A Night at the Movies
New Year's Eve Gala
The Jazz Age
Classical Mystery Tour
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A Night at the Movies
The Jazz Age
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New Year's Eve Gala
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GPO donors at the $1,000 level and above enjoy complimentary Connoisseur subscriptions (upgrades available for a small cost) - it's our way of thanking you for your support!
Frequently asked questions
Classical music can seem daunting to some first-time concertgoers, but there’s no reason to stress. Here are some frequently asked questions about philharmonic concerts, intended to help make your first visit to the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra fun and memorable. If you don’t see the answer to your question, feel free to contact Alyson Agemy, GPO Administrative Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org call 970-356-6406.
What is classical music?
The term “classical music” covers a wide range of musical styles spanning hundreds of years, from a Bach concerto to a Brahms rhapsody, from a 19th century Schubert symphony to a contemporary masterpiece by Benjamin Britten. Generally, classical music is played by an ensemble comprised of strings (violins, violas, cellos, and basses), woodwinds (clarinets, oboes, flutes, and bassoons), brass (trumpets, horns, trombones, and tubas), and percussion (timpani, drums, xylophones, and bells), or some combination of these instruments.
Will I recognize any music?
You’ll probably recognize at least one piece on each of our concerts from some popular culture. Many of today’s popular songs, television shows, and movies use or are based on classical themes, including the “Lone Ranger” theme (Rossini’s William Tell Overture).
What should I wear to a GPO concert?
Contrary to what many people think, formal attire like tuxedos and evening gowns are not required. They aren’t even the norm! Most concertgoers wear business or cocktail attire, but you’ll see everything from jeans and khakis to jackets and sweaters. The name of the game is comfort. First and foremost we want you to enjoy the music.
When should I clap?
Generally, you clap only after a piece is finished. For example, if you’re listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, which has four movements, the right time to clap is only after the last movement. Check your program to find out how many movements there are in a piece. Usually there is a 15- to 30-second pause between movements. So, in the case of Beethoven’s No. 3, you know you’re hearing the last movement after three pauses. If you’re unsure, you can wait for the rest of the audience to clap before you join in.
What if I am late?
For the comfort and enjoyment of our musicians and patrons, late seating takes place during pauses in the program. If you’re not sure when that is, just ask an usher. If you do arrive late you can view the concert on screens in the lobby, and you’ll hear the music as well.
Can I bring food or drinks into the concert?
You are welcome to bring drinks purchased at the lobby bar into ALL concerts. Ask the bartender about the reusable “adult sippie cups” to more comfortably enjoy a drink without the hassle of a glass container. Food isn’t allowed in the concert hall.
How can I learn more about the GPO?
There are a number of opportunities that help concertgoers to learn more about the Philharmonic and the music. There are pre-concert talks offered before Connoisseur Series concerts that provide an in-depth look at each concert. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up to receive our electronic newsletter for access to news, special events, information about upcoming concerts and exclusive ticket promotions.
Help take the GPO to the next level of excellence
It is no secret that classical music orchestras face formidable challenges in the twenty-first century. Our entertainment options today, fueled by a continual information stream, are no longer limited to what we might hear in a local theater or learn from shared conversations among neighbors. The handful of entertainment choices available a century ago has expanded exponentially. Orchestral music is at our fingertips, in the privacy of our homes and vehicles.
And yet, music builds bridges between generations, providing new pathways for us to develop. The GPO is inventive, thinking up new and fresh ways to encounter the joys of classical music, presented live, to bring people together.
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Glen Cortese, Music Director and Conductor
Howard Skinner, Conductor Laureate
Chris Jusell ###
The Monfort Family Foundation Chair
The Rupert M. Goodbrod Chair
The Emily and Doug Kemme Chair
~Sabrina Romney Lloyd
Becky Kutz Osterberg***
The Phyllis and Larry Eaton Chair
The Edna M. Hoydar Chair
Ben de Kock*
The Florence and Harold Winograd Chair
The Lee and Karen Korins Chair
The Robert and Virginia Husman Chair
The Robert and Sallie Johnson Chair
Devon Park ** *
Christen Adler, Assistant
The Todd Family
Thomas Van Schoick***
The Don and Margaret Zaggle Chair
Leo T. Canale
None at this time
***** associate concertmaster
**** assistant concertmaster
** associate principal
* assistant principal
~ on leave of absence
Glen Cortese • Conductor/ Composer
GLEN CORTESE begins his eleventh season as music director of the Greeley Philharmonic and his eleventh season as artistic director of the Western New York Chamber. He was named music director emeritus of the Oregon Mozart Players after serving as artistic director for nine seasons. His recent guest engagements have included the The Three Tenors Concert in Tirana Albania to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the independence of Kososvo, RTSH Radio Orchestra (Albania) Emerald City Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Wolftrap Opera, The Charleston Symphony, the Sapporo Festival Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Orchestra the Sofia Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Mexico City Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony, the Billings Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Cleveland, and the Annapolis Symphony. He was resident conductor of the Florida Philharmonic for the 2001–2002 season and completed twelve seasons at the Manhattan School of Music where he was principal conductor from 1988 to 2000. He has appeared as guest conductor both in the United States and abroad with the Symphonies of New Jersey, Florida Philharmonic, Austin, Mexico City Philharmonic, North Carolina, Colorado Springs, Bangor, Meridian, Queens, New Amsterdam, The New Orleans Philharmonic, the International Chamber Orchestra, the Belarus Sate Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic National Romanian Radio Orchestra, Noorhollands Philharmonisch, Orquesta Sinfonica Carlos Chavez, San Francisco Conservatory, Cleveland Institute, and the Altenburg Landeskappele Orchestra. Mr. Cortese covered as assistant conductor to the New York Philharmonic in 1990–92 for Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirikanov, Erich Leinsdorf, Zdenek Macal and Cristof Perick. In July of 1993, he was invited by Kurt Masur to guest conduct a reading with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.
In August of 1994, Mr. Cortese began his tenure as music director of the East-West International Symphony Orchestra in Altenburg, Germany, a position that he held for seven years. He conducted over fifty concerts and two operas in seven seasons with the orchestra, made up of advanced conservatory students from ten different nations. His work at the Manhattan School of Music included the school’s debut performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and City Center as well as the MSM Orchestra’s first performance on “Live from Lincoln Center”. He received the honor of “Recording of the Month” in STEREOPHILE magazine for his release of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the Manhattan School on Titanic Records. His recording of Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Manhattan School was called “a remarkable achievement” in the American Record Guide.
In 2011 he conducted the world premiere of John Musto’s new opera, “The Inspector” at the Wolftrap Opera, and his other opera credits include guest conductor with the Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Cleveland Lyric Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Opera Theater, the Manhattan School Opera Theater, and the East West International Opera Theater. Mr. Cortese’s credits in the world of dance include performances with the Connecticut Ballet, Joffrey II Ballet, the Elisa Monte Dance Company and the SUNY Purchase Dance Corps. He appeared regularly for five years as conductor for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Joyce Theatre and on national tours. He hasconducted at numerous summer festivals including Chautauqua, Bowdoin SummerMusic Festival, American Dance Festival, The New York Music Institute, Sewanee Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center. He has conducted performances of large collaborative projects including chorus, orchestra and dance at Carnegie Hall, as well as having performed in virtually every major performance venue in New York. His work in education is extensive, conducting community outreachprograms, educational concerts and children's videos on classical music. Mr. Cortese has conducted concerti and solo works with many renowned performers, including Ransom Wilson, Sharon Isbin, Ruth Laredo, Nathaniel Rosen, Glenn Dicterow, Silvia McNair, Mignon Dunn and Dawn Upshaw. A strong advocate of new music, he has conducted over 150 premieres and has worked in direct collaboration with composers such as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze, and Ralph Shapey. In June of 1993 through 2000, he was the eight-time recipient of the ASCAP New and Adventuresome Programming Award for his work at the Manhattan School.
Mr. Cortese is also an accomplished composer and winner of numerous awards including the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a two time winner of the Joseph E. Bearns Prize, and a CAPS Grant from the New York Council on the Arts. He is also the recipient of the Arthur Judson Foundation Award for a Young American Conductor and his discography includes recordings on the Bridge, Titanic, Newport Classics, Phoenix, Owl, CMS and Le Crepuscule du Disc labels.
Nicholas Kenny, Interim Executive Director Nick Kenny recently completed his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. A transplant of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nick moved to Colorado where he has spent his years attending UNC, creating a private trumpet studio, and performing with various musical ensembles throughout the state. On top of his passion for music, Nick enjoys hiking, cycling, and playing ice hockey.
Becky Kutz-Osterberg, Personnel Manager, is an active freelance musician throughout Northeast Colorado and Southern Wyoming. Her orchestral performing experience includes more than 15 professional orchestras throughout the United States and she is currently Principal Cello of the Fort Collins Symphony, Principal Cello of the Greeley Philharmonic and a member of the Cheyenne Symphony. Mrs. Kutz-Osterberg is also the Orchestra Librarian for the Fort Collins Symphony. When she is not performing or teaching she is often found enjoying the outdoors – some of her favorite activities include hiking, biking, archery and enjoying time with her husband, friends and family.
Allyson Fleck, Music Librarian, is currently Greeley Philharmonic Principal Viola and Co-Librarian. In addition, she is Midsummer’s Music Festival (Wisconsin) Assistant Artistic Director and Violist. In 2015, Allyson moved from Georgia to Northern Colorado and is active in the freelance community, where she serves as Assistant Principal Viola in the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and is orchestra manager and section viola member of the Cheyenne Symphony. Additionally, Allyson subs with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, and Boulder Philharmonic. She also teaches at the Rocky Ridge Music Center.
While in Georgia, Allyson taught at Kennesaw State University (Atlanta) where she directed the chamber music program and taught studio viola. She played in the Atlanta Ballet and Opera orchestras and was a substitute with the Atlanta Symphony. Allyson also performed with the Emory Chamber players and Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Festival.
Allyson received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. In Wisconsin, she was a member of the Madison Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Fleck was Assistant Professor of Music at Beloit College and on the faculty at Ripon College. She was also a guest at the Token Creek Music Festival where she performed with John Harbison, and was a guest artist at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival.
Performances include a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York performing Berio’s Folk Songs, performing the Telemann Concerto in G Major and Hindemith’s Trauermusik with the Novgorod String Orchestra in Russia, and Bartok’s Concerto for Viola with the Ripon College Orchestra. Allyson has performed as soloist with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Alyson Agemy, Administrative Coordinator, holds a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from the University of South Florida. A transplant of Tampa, FL, Alyson spent the past two years in Greeley as a student and graduate assistant at UNC, and is a new addition to the GPO administrative staff. She also maintains an active career as a freelance saxophonist and music teacher in the Northern Colorado area. Along with music, Alyson also enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and traveling to new places.
Emily Kemme, President, Author
Gage Osthoff, Vice President, Realtec Commercial Real Estate
Glenda Haines, Treasurer, Eves and Haines Wealth Management
Linda Winter, Secretary, Accessories with a Flair!…and Hair
Stephanie Boulton, Past President, Currier Inn
Tracy Axton, FMS Bank
Pat Campbell, Retired
George Gray, Pirate Radio
Marian Hesse, Professor of Horn, School of Music, UNC
Brian Larson, Edward Jones
Dori Workman, Sears Real Estate
Michael Alexander, Associate Director, UNC School of Music
Glen Cortese, Music Director and Conductor
Gail Newton, GPO Guild President
Frank Cook, Orchestra Representative
Interested in becoming a board member? Call 970-356-6406 and speak with our Interim Executive Director, Nick Kenny!
In Harmony with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra since 1972!
The Guild is an organization dedicated to fundraising – and friend-raising! – for the orchestra while providing educational and music activities centered on music and the arts.
The Guild is the GPO’s number one supporter through its many events, including The Mad Hatter’s Tea in March, the Kentucky Derby Gala in May, Poinsettia Sales and the Festival of Trees in December.
The Guild also meets prior to each GPO concert to conduct business and to hear from guest speakers who offer musical, historical and social context for the orchestra’s current repertoire.
Guild membership is open to anyone with a desire to contribute time and energy to a wonderful orchestra!
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