OCONOMOWOC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra brings together high caliber musicians, both local and regional, in a semi-professional setting, to perform vital, varied and engaging concerts for our community.
2017 – 18
The OCO hosted special guests Crawford & Georgia Gates (Composer of the Fanfare for Lake Country) in Oconomowoc from November 2nd – 5th. They were on hand to celebrate the release the new Fanfare for Lake Country Instrumental Arrangements for Bb (clarinet and trumpet), F (horn) and Eb instruments, and hear the audio tracks of the Theme, Prelude and full Fanfare recordings featuring the ‘Thunis’ Stradivarius. We welcomed musicians from the Rockford IL Symphony, the Beloit/Janesville Symphony and musicians from around the state who shared information, stories and photos with the Gates and for a project that is documenting Crawford’s remarkable accomplishments and life in music.
May 19th, 2018 Concert at the OAC, join us as the OCO performs music written for our beautiful area by composer Sigmund Snopek, ‘Mist’ by Diane Wittry, classic repertoire, and honor the 2018 Chatfield Award Honorees – Dave & Betty Reul.
Sketches for 15 new movements of the Lake Tones, Legends & Landscapes are in hand and in the process of being finalized. Several will be included on the May 19th Program.
“Pier Adventures” (Upper Oconomowoc / Lower Okauchee)
“The Snow on Lake Nashotah”
“Meditation on Holy Hill”
“Walking around Lake Oconomowoc”
“Cane Pole and Bobber fishing on Golden Lake”
“Golden Wedding on Okauchee Lake”
“Lake Serpent of Rock Lake”
“Al Capone’s Slots”
“Jumping Carp on Hot August Day”
“Undermids” (Lake Mills)
” Picnic on Lake Kessus”
” Swimming in North Lake”
“Voices of the Lake”
You can help us capture this music by supporting the project or your favorite lake!
Checks can be sent to the OCO at PO Box 394 Oconomowoc, WI 53066 – please indicate Lake Tones Project.
Debut Concert / Lake Country Project Recordings
The Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra performed its Debut Concert on July 10, 2010. The OCO gained artistic, video and photographic images of our beautiful area, which was musically depicted in two world premiere compositions. The recordings (CD & DVD) are now available locally and online.
** The DVD recording has been selected as the Third Place winner in the American Prize Awards for Recordings in the Arts. http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/ (Ensembles/American Prize in Orchestral Performance 2012/Professional Division)
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Recordings are available locally at:
The Jewelry Mechanic (Oconomowoc)
White House of Music (Watertown, Waukesha, West Bend)
The Gallori (Oconomowoc)
Preparations are underway for future Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra concerts. As funding and logistics are completed, dates and repertoire will be released. You can support the OCO through recording purchases and donations to the Lake Country Project.