The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra (OVCO) celebrates its 6th season in 2019-2020 under the leadership of Music Director, Matthew Cody. The first concert is on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Decorah High School Auditorium. Musique Française! will feature French music of the late romantic period and will include music by Jaques Offenbach, Georges Bizet, and César Franck.
The season continues on January 10th thru January 11th when the OVCO presents a fully staged production of the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. “A family friendly opera originally written for NBC to broadcast live in the 1950’s, it is a beautiful score and we’re thrilled to be able to present it to our audience!” said OVCO director Matthew Cody. Both performances will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Decorah High School Auditorium. Ticket information will be available on the website.
The third performance of the season will take place on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Decorah High School Auditorium. This concert includes Beethoven’s violin concerto with violinist Rebecca Corruccini of the Minnesota Orchestra and a North American premiere, by local composer Ben Hippen, American Nocturne. Also on the program is Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville and Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slav.
The orchestra’s season finale is on April 26th at 3:00 p.m. when OVCO will once again have an opportunity to collaborate with the Decorah Chorale and director Jason Rausch. The orchestra and chorale will perform Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana in the Decorah High School Auditorium. “Carmina is one of those pieces from classical music that has filtered itself into pop culture and parts of it are recognizable by almost everyone. It has remained immensely popular in concert halls since it’s premiere 82 years ago. This is going to be awesome!” said Cody.
The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra was founded in 2014 and has grown to be one of the leading orchestras in the area providing Oneota Valley with rich cultural and educational opportunities. The OVCO is sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation and the Depot Outlet.