Thank you for coming to our Fall FUNdraiser with Jina Yoo! We had so much fun sharing piano ensemble music with you. Most of all THANK YOU JINA for sharing with us your immense musical and (of course) impeccable culinary talents that evening!! We left in awe. and inspired by your perfection - and definitely will be back for more of your irresistible food and company!
HOW quickly time passes when you are having fun! Last post I wrote was back in February: Since then, we had one of the best Fundraisers Odyssey has ever had in March, and in that same month I performed Ravel Concerto with an orchestra in Connecticut, and a full-fledged two-piano recital with Peter Miyamoto in Louisiana only 5 days later. We also hosted a successful summer music camp, Odyssey Chamber Music Festival for the first time at University of Missouri... Suffice to say, we were busy, but had a wonderful time while doing all the work.
Everyone at Odyssey is excited to be back doing what we do best: Bringing world-class chamber music to Columbia, Missouri! To make any of what we do possible, we need funding. On September 25, our good friend and multi-talented Jina Yoo (pictured above) will enlighten us with her piano music in her restaurant, Jina Yoo's Asian Bistro on Sunday afternoon at 4pm! All funds raised will benefit Odyssey and its programs - that includes 2 national events, Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Odyssey Chamber Music Festival. Stay for optional dinner, and Jina will also donate a percentage of the revenue towards Odyssey. Not one, but TWO Yamaha pianos are rented, so that Peter Miyamoto and I can jam with Jina in this Fall FUNdraiser as well!
We are SO pleased to co-present with First Baptist Church of Columbia the world-renowned, GRAMMY winning all male a cappella CHANTICLEER on October 5, 2016, Wednesday at 7:30pm. (*Disclaimer* Please pardon this Sunday's Tribune advertisement: 2017 is a misprint; Chanticleer IS scheduled for this October, 2016.)
Chanticleer is touring with "My Secret Heart" program, which perfectly precedes the theme to our next instrumental chamber music concert "Enchanted Fall" on October 14, featuring beguiling French music of Paul Dukas, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, followed by exotic Piano Trio No. 2 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Odyssey is generously funded by Missouri Arts Council, Office Cultural Affairs and First Baptist Church of Columbia, supported by Columbia Daily Tribune, KBIA 91.3 and Classical 90.5 FM, with partnership with Missouri Symphony Society, University of Missouri, Mid-Missouri Area Music Teachers Association and Jina Yoo's Asian Bistro. You as donors and/or audiences are equally integral part of what makes Odyssey Chamber Music Series in our small community possible - and we are very grateful for your continued support.
Thank you everyone for celebrating 13 years of amazing music music with us, and we look forward to serving you many more concert seasons of over 400 years of chamber music. We've only scratched the surface of this immense repertoire, after all!
See you at Jina Yoo's Fundraiser 9/25 and/or Chanticleer 10/5!
Ayako Tsuruta & the *Amazing* Odyssey Board
We are THRILLED to announce the brand new Odyssey Chamber Music Festival this summer at Mizzou! In a smaller intimate setting, participants are guaranteed a fine, detailed attention from the faculty members, in addition to learning a lot from their own peers. It is a very special to feel the belonging in this exclusive musical community, where special bonds are always formed when we dedicate ourselves to this language of music.
Most of the details are posted on the website, www.OdysseyFestival.org . Application will be posted no later than February 15, with CD/DVD audition deadline of May 1 if you wish to be assigned to a pre-formed chamber ensemble.
Check back often for updates, and hope to see you this summer!
While it might be true that classical music is more enjoyable if you know a thing or two about its language and style - but what isn't? - here at Odyssey we do try to appeal to every one who came to enjoy collaborative music and socialize with fellow audiences for the evening, period.
Therefore, it is with great honor that Columbia Daily Tribune's Bill Clark - who is not a professional critique, perhaps, but does know a thing or two about what makes a good performance work - wrote a lot about not one, but BOTH of our concerts this season so far! Thanks, Bill - especially knowing just how many event you still attend every day.
Bill's article, January 5, 2016 - CLICK HERE.
He is, of course, in for a BIG surprise just like everyone else, because our next event next Saturday 3pm on January 16, "Kids@Heart: Carnival of the Animals - Missouriana edition" is going to knock everyone's socks off. And he has seen our previous performance only 2 years ago. Missouriana edition is filled with unexpected guests and sounds - it will definitely keep everyone on the edge of their seat!
Come early and get your Raffle Tickets: One free ticket for all audiences to win a $50 gift bag, concert tickets, and more! (Yes, you can purchase more tickets to increase your chances of winning as well!)
Happy 2016, and THANK YOU for your support!
Enjoy these fantastic images captured by very talented Katherine F. Blake Photography! View all the photos on our Facebook page. [CLICK BELOW]
As Peter and I rehearse Rachmaninoff for this Friday's Odyssey performance, we are discovering there are several quotes in his Symphony Dances. Spotted are obvious 'Dies Irae' (Day of Wrath), Rachmaninoff's own Piano Concerto No. 3 (2 passages), Mussorgsky's Catacombs, and I am 90% convinced Shostakovich - just haven't been able to figure out what yet. Peter spotted Ravel's Scarbo opening LH tonight. Join us to listen to this maddening ending to the last movement - LIVE! The concert is this Friday, December 4 at 7pm, First Baptist Church.
Thanks to EVERYONE who helped create this extraordinary event together - artists, staff, volunteers and audiences alike! It was such a FUN event, musically and visually. FOUR Asian restaurants contributing to this Gala Reception was an equal highlight of the evening: hands down, that was one of the most impressive spread of Asian food I have ever seen!
Please thank and suppor our sponsoring restaurants: Jina Yoo's Asian Bistro, House of Chow, Osaka Japanese Restaurant, and Sake Japanese Bistro.
Katherine F. Blake Photography took some memorable images from the event. I am still uploading the pictures - but I would like to invite you to take a peek; more pictures will be uploaded later next week!
Experience "A Taste of Asia" this Friday, October 16 at 7pm!
Asian-inspired music fills the program that offers Japanese folk songs and features Chinese erhu. You can also admire Kimono and Mongolian fiddle during the reception after the concert, which is catered by at least FOUR different Asian restaurants in town: Jina Yoo's Asian Bistro, House of Chow, Osaka Restaurant and Sake.
Admission is $20 / $10 Student with I.D. that covers the concert AND the food! In addition, first 150 audiences will be treated to a "Fortune Pouch." Arrive early and find out! Doors open 6:15pm at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 E Broadway.
See this concert's coverage in Columbia Daily Tribune: