ISU Orchestra Program 2013 – 2014 Season

Monday - November 18, 2013 7:30 pm | Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 featuring James Bovinette, trumpet and Amy Christensen, oboe
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Copland Appalachian Spring (Original version for 13 instruments)


Admission Charged: $5.00 adults; $3.00 students.
Tickets available at the door.

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For its first performance of the 2013-2014 year, the ISU Chamber Orchestra opens with Bach's virtuosic and thrilling Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 featuring ISU's own Associate Professor of Trumpet James Bovinette and Lecturer in Oboe Amy Christensen.

Aaron Copland helped defined the American sound through his compositions, and his ballet Appalachian Spring is one of the most important American works ever created. Of the piece he said, "... it had to do with the pioneer American spirit, with youth and spring, with optimism and hope." For this performance, the ISU Chamber Orchestra will perform the work in its original instrumentation for 13 musicians.

Dr. James Bovinette is the director of the Jazz Ensemble Program and Professor of Trumpet at Iowa State University. Professor Bovinette holds the Bachelor and Master degree in music from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. As a symphony musician, jazz artist, and recitalist, he has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, performing everything from Bach to Bop. As a solo artist he has performed works for trumpet and orchestra with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble, the Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, the St. Louis Bach Society, and the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria. He has recorded under the Sonari record label, is an active trumpet and jazz clinician, adjudicator and guest artist, and can be heard performing regularly with Des Moines Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Des Moines Civic Center Show Orchestra, and his own jazz quartet, The Jazz Quartet of Ames.

Amy Christensen is the new Lecturer in Music, teaching oboe, English horn, and double reeds methods class. She received a Master of Music in Oboe Performance degree from Yale University where she was the recipient of the distinguished Ellen Battell Stoekel Award. She has performed with orchestras across the U.S. including notable groups in Boston, Cambridge, Aspen, and throughout the states of Connecticut and Iowa. Christensen has recorded with several groups, including the Bach Society Orchestra at Harvard University. She currently performs with the Ottumwa, Oskaloosa and Central Iowa Symphonies and is an active freelance oboist around the state. At Yale, she studied under the tutelage of the late Ronald Roseman. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from Iowa State University where she studied with Kevin Schilling. Christensen is also an Elementary Art Educator at a private school in southern Iowa, and an accomplished graphic designer.


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