concert november 6th, 2022 - 3:00 p.m.
CONCERT: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2022, 3:00 PM
James Stone, Trumpet
Mary St. Laurent-Sheehan, Trumpet
The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John’s, conducted by Edward Markward, presents the second concert of the season featuring trumpeters James Stone and Mary St. Laurent-Sheehan, members of the COBSJ, in Antonio Vivaldi’s popular Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major on Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m.
The concert opens with Dimitri Shostakovich’s aching Chamber Symphony in C Minor, op. 110A. The work, orchestrated by Rudolf Barshai with the composer’s blessing, is a reworking of Shostakovich’s autobiographical 8th String Quartet. The dedication written in the score reads: “In memory of the victims of fascism and war.” The concert concludes with W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550, the middle of three symphonies (39, 40, 41) composed in the space of a few weeks during the summer of 1788. It is sometimes referred to as the "Great G minor symphony,” to distinguish it from the "Little G minor symphony,” No. 25. The work has elicited varying interpretations from critics. Robert Schumann regarded it as possessing "Grecian lightness and grace". Donald Tovey saw in it the character of opera buffa. Almost certainly, however, the most common perception today is that the symphony is tragic in tone and intensely emotional. Although interpretations differ, the symphony is unquestionably one of Mozart's most greatly admired works.
COBSJ will adhere to all CDC and RI Department of Health regulations and recommendations for safely convening a concert during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mask wearing is recommended but not required.
The concert is free, donations are welcome.
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through the Rhode Island Culture, Humanities, and Arts Recovery Grant (RI CHARG) program. This program was made possible thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, via funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
Concert: sunday, february 20, 2022
Concert november 7th!
We are honored to announce that Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John's has been awarded a grant from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) of COVID Relief Funds (CRF).
The funds received are being used to cover revenue loss, COVID-related expenses including PPE and cleaning fees, and recording services for our concerts.
Please see press release on the RISCA website:
music appreciation series
Redwood Library and Athenaeum 2020-2021
Music Appreciation Series
2020 – 2021
Edward Markward, Lecturer
Wednesdays: 6:00 pm
I. September 16, 2020
The Later 19th Century: Part I
Franck, Fauré and their French Contemporaries
II. October 14, 2020
The Later 19th Century: Part II
Tchaikovsky and “The Mighty Five”
III. November 18, 2020
The Later 19th Century: Part III
The Nationalists: Smetana, Dvořák
IV. December 16, 2020
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
V. January 13, 2021
The Later 19th Century: Part IV
The Nationalists continued: Grieg, Sibelius, Falla
VI. February 17, 2021
The Rites of Spring: Part I
Debussy, Ravel, Ives
VII. March 10, 2021
The Rites of Spring: Part II
Stravinsky: The Three Ballets
VIII. April 14, 2021
Between the Wars: Part I
France: “Les Six”
IX. May 19, 2021
Between the Wars: Part II
Germany: Weill, Hindemith et al
X. June 16, 2021
Between the Wars: Part III
The Soviet Union: Prokofiev and Shostakovich
XI. July 14, 2021
Between the Wars: part IV
The Americanists: Ives, Copland Gershwin, Still, et al
XII. August 11, 2021
The Nationalists Continued:
Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály
To register for these virtual music lectures, click the following links:
March 16, 2020
Dear Colleagues, Donors and Friends of The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John’s (COBSJ,)
Due the state of emergency caused by the spread of the coronavirus, we are writing to inform you that the concert originally scheduled for April 19, 2020, has been postponed until Sunday, June 7, 2020. If, by chance, conditions dictate that a performance at that time is untenable, we will inform you. The good health and well-being of both our patrons and our musicians are paramount.
Thank you for your understanding, and we wish you all the best of health. We hope to see you at a concert soon.
Edward Markward, Music Director
The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John's
Did you catch Studio 10 WJAR on NBC 10 WJAR with Meaghan Mooney and Lindsay Iadeluca last week? NIROPE, Ron and Pete Cardis appeared with Dr. Edward Markward from The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington to discuss their upcoming Sunday, February 16th performance. Dr. Markward asked Ron and Pete to practice up, so he sent each a baton to practice conducting. Thank you for your generosity and good luck with the performance!