A concert series dedicated to classical music of smaller ensembles with modern flair.
SEASON 14 CONCERTS, 2017-2018
2017: August 18 - October 13 - December 1
2017: January 13 (20, Snow Date) - February 16 - March 2 - March 16 & 17 (Missouri Theatre) - May 4 - June 3 Vox Nova
Odyssey Events, 2017-2018
May 4, 2018 (Fri) 7pm, FBC
with a Pre-concert Performance at 6:45pm
Life & Love: Liebeslieder
This spring program reflects on Love and Life from the romantic period in Germany. Featured are Schumann’s sublime song cycle, “Frauenliebe und leben” (A Woman’s Love and Life) with mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and pianist Peter Miyamoto, and fellow composer, Felix Mendelssohn in his youthful Piano Sextet with the Esterhazy Quartet, bassist Sue Stubbs and pianist Ayako Tsuruta. This delightful program opens with “Overture” from the beloved Midsummer Night’s Dream, arrangement for piano four hands performed by Miyamoto & Tsuruta.
June 3, 2018 (Sun) 3pm, FBC
with a Pre-concert Performance at 2:45pm
Odyssey welcomes Vox Nova as our first Ensemble-in-Residence! In the past three years, Vox Nova has established itself as the premiere an ensemble with no conductor, and you will really appreciate their phenomenal versatility to cover contrasting repertoire from Baroque to Modern Day eras. Their music knows no boundaries, a creative process which both instrumentalists and vocalists will appreciate. The season finale concert will be followed by a festive reception, which has become Odyssey’s trademark: To bring audience and performers together to celebrate music. More information: www.voxnovacomo.com
~ Past Performances ~
August 18, 2017 (Fri) 7pm, FBC
with Pre-concert Performance at 6:45pm: Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre, arr. 5 pianos
Special Event: Solar Eclipse – A Celestial Celebration
Joining the rare, Solar Eclipse celebration, Odyssey will spearhead the weekend festivities with a live concert program inspired by our inevitable, natural phenomenon. Featured are works as diverse and massive as our galaxy: Gustav Holst’s “Planets” arranged for five pianos by Greg Anderson, George Crumb’s “Makrokosmos III: Music for a Summer Evening” for two pianos and percussion, and some songs that includes titles like “Memory of the Sun” (Prokofiev, Op. 27) and “Fear no more the heat o’ the sun” (Finzi). This universal concert experience will be followed by Sun-inspired reception. This concert is generously sponsored by the Mizzou Advantage and the Office of Cultural Affairs.
October 13, 2017 (Fri) 7pm, FBC
with Pre-concert Performance at 6:45pm
Akropolis Reed Quintet
Grand Prize winner of many national chamber music competitions including Plowman and Fischoff, Akropolis Reed Quintet (Akropolis) continues to wow the audiences of all ages with their innovative interpretations on new and cutting edge contemporary music while making it audience-friendly with their comprehensive approach. For this special concert, Missouri composer Paul Seitz has been commissioned by Odyssey to create a substantial new work for this unique reed quintet. This performance marks its world premiere.
December 1, 2017 (Fri) 7 pm, FBC
with Pre-concert Performance at 6:40pm by Thornbrook Piano Trio
Joyeux Noël: Chamber Music of Ravel and Fauré
This program indulges in all-French chamber music, prominently featuring Maurice Ravel’s piano trio, violin sonata and Chansons madécasses for exotic combination of voice, piano, flute and cello. Last half will feature Gabriel Faure’s gorgeous piano quartet No. 1 with musicians from the University of Missouri.
January 13, 2018 (Sat) 3 pm, FBC
with Instrumental Petting Zoo at 2-2:45pm
“Kids@Heart: A Children’s Concert” – Tales Around The World
Kids@Heart program is perfect for someone with kindred spirit, for both children and adult who refuse to grow up. “Tales Around the World” is the theme, encouraging everyone to dress up (or not) in costumes while the performers take stage to share their favorite fairy tale-inspired music! This is a shorter, one-hour long live concert; Free admission.
February 16, 2018 (Fri) 7 pm, FBC
with a Pre-concert Performance at 6:45pm
This season, we will enjoy Baroque production in three parts: Director R. Paul Crabb will lead the Bach Collegium Choir and Odyssey Chamber Ensemble in Bach's Mass in F, and conductor Patrick Clark of Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra and the new Southside Philharmonic Orchestra will lead the Odyssey Chamber Ensemble a Mozart's Symphony. Odyssey has formed a partnership to produce a performance in Columbia, and another in Jefferson City with the same winner from the MMAMTA/Odyssey Pre-collegiate Concerto Competition, which events are generously sponsored by the Paul D. Higday Mozart Trust and the Mid-Missouri Area Music Teachers Association.
February 23, 2018 (Fri) 7 pm, in Jefferson City
Co-presentation with the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra
Central United Church of Christ, 118 W. Ashley St in Jefferson City - (573) 635-1041
Conductor Patrick Clark of Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra and the new Southside Philharmonic Orchestra will lead the Odyssey Chamber Ensemble a Mozart's Symphony. Odyssey has formed a partnership to produce a performance in Columbia, and another in Jefferson City with the same winner from the MMAMTA/Odyssey Pre-collegiate Concerto Competition, which events are generously sponsored by the Paul D. Higday Mozart Trust and the Mid-Missouri Area Music Teachers Association.
March 2, 2018 (Fri) 7pm, FBC
with Pre-concert Performance at 6:40pm
M-Odyssey” will continue the 2015 initiative to mentor and give real work experience in music administration to young professionals. One or two outstanding musicians will have the opportunity to create and produce their own Odyssey concert, with guidance from the Artistic Director and a supervising Board Member. The title reflects the more modern, “MOD” Odyssey for younger directors, while the capitalization pays homage to our state.
March 16 & 17, 2018 (Sat & Fri) 7pm, Missouri Theatre
Cinderella & Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Dynamic collaboration with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet a few years ago inspired Odyssey for this special production of “Cinderella” by Sergei Prokofiev for two pianos by Peter Miyamoto and Ayako Tsuruta, with director Karen Grundy’s original choreography. Enjoy the familiar tale with music and dance like you have never experienced before at the Missouri Theatre!
All concerts are presented at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 East Broadway,
unless otherwise indicated.
Programs and artists may be subject to change without notice.
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