Be Our Guest

quowp 2022-2023: Season Fourteen

To open our 14th Season, QUO featured a program with four amazing guest conductors: Matthew Oberstein, who conducted Rossini and Corigliano; Conrad Chu, conducting Vaughan Williams and Wagner; Derek Weagle, conducting Mendelssohn and Theofanidis; and David Bloom, conducting Bonds and Brahms. Overture to the Barber of Seville — Rossini Gazebo Dances — Corigliano Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 — Vaughan Williams Siegfried’s …

A Celebration of Beauty

quowp 2021-2022: Alive With Spirit

Our 2022 GayLa feature the world premiere of Syed Lucas’ Scenes from a Melodrama; Florence Price’s The Oak; Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; and John Williams’ Star Wars Suite.

Grandiose Spirit

quowp 2021-2022: Alive With Spirit

The last piece QUO rehearsed before the pandemic was Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, which finally made its appearance on this concert. We were joined by Matthieu Cognet for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and also presented the piece selected from our 2021-2022 call for score from transgender and non-binary composers: Zaq Latino’s living enby.

Fantastic Dreams

quowp 2021-2022: Alive With Spirit

After a brief interlude, QUO returned to live concerts on March 12, 2022 with this dreamy concert featuring: Gilbert Galindo, “Prelude To Hymns Of The Sky” Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Piano Concerto No. 2” Hector Berlioz, “Symphonie fantastique” In consideration of world events and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the concert opened with the Ukranian National Anthem. We were joined …

The Music That Drives Us

quowp 2021-2022: Alive With Spirit

QUO’s triumphant return after the shutdown opened with LGBT composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon’s Fanfare Ritmico. Then in a belated celebration for Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, we recreated part of his most famous concert, presenting the Piano Concerto No. 4 with special guest Spencer Myer, and the Symphony No. 5.

Soliloquy of Dreams

quowp 2019-2020: Our Eleventh Season

The first concert with our new Artistic Director Ian Shafer and new Assistant Conductor Laurel Nosal also featured Justin Lee, winner of QUO’s 2019-2020 Concerto Competition. Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Gabrieli: Canzon Per Sonar Septimi Toni a 8 Griffes: Poem for Flute and Orchestra Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

A Magical Farewell

quowp 2019-2020: Our Eleventh Season

On October 19, we bid farewell to our amazing Artistic Director of 5 years, Julie Desbordes, who programmed a spooky, Halloween-themed program. Joining us for the Liszt was Yury Shadrin. Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre Edvard Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King Franz Liszt: Malediction (Yury Shadrin, piano; Alex Wen, conductor) Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (Alex Wen, conductor) …

Queer We Are GayLa

quowp 2018-2019: Queer We Are

Our 10th annual GayLa featured the return of host Molly Pope, who again lent her talents to our orchestra. We were also joined by counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanza in “Man and Man.” Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Lopez: Man and Man Bates: Mothership Flaherty and Ahrens: Love Who You Love Herman: The Best of Times Gershwin: An American …

Moving Forward

quowp 2018-2019: Queer We Are

The fifth concert in our Queer We Are season feature the world premier of the winning piece in QUO’s annual composition contest: “Expansion Ethics.” We also featured a marimba concert by our principle cellist Bjorn Berkhout. Key: Expansion Ethics (WORLD PREMIERE) Berkhout: Concerto for Marimba & Orchestra (Matthew Coley, soloist) Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, Reformation