Chamber Orchestra Performs Fall Concert

Trumpet player Simon Janzen

The Westmont Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Winds, featuring performances by the Westmont winds, Westmont Chamber Brass and Westmont String Orchestra, host a fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. Admission is free. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040.

“One of the notable pieces is a set of four Renaissance-era Polish dances in a new arrangement for strings,” says Paul Mori, who conducts chamber ensembles and coaches the wind and brass sections for the orchestra throughout the year. “These pieces are rarely heard, but are spirited and charming.”

Clarinetist Samila Aquino Holt

Clarinetist Samila Aquino Holt

The repertoire includes two movements (III and IV) of a symphony composed by Mozart when he was 18. The chamber brass group will open with a mystical sounding piece by American composer Alan Hovaness. “His ‘Fantasy No. V’ was last performed at Westmont probably back in the 1970s when Howard Stevenson led the Westmont Brass Choir,” Mori says.

A spirited march by Gounod and a gospel-style arrangement of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” will follow.

The concert features student musicians Samila Aquino Holt (clarinet), Sophia Bartolo (bassoon), trumpet players Simon Janzen, Joshua  Acuna and Soren Warren, Caroline Field  (horn), William Mitsuk (trombone), Chet Steussy (tuba), violinists Laura Dagg, Olivia Huebner, Caelia Moore, Laura Joy Phillips, Abbie Pryor and Michael Rodriquez, and cellists Noah Johnson and Karis Daley.