March 1 at 8 PM. The American Chamber Orchestra celebrates its eleventh
year with a Winter Concert on Saturday, March 1 at the First Presbyterian
Church in Fairfield
at 8:00 PM. The program features the
Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor with soloist Melissa Morgan, the Borodin
Polivtsian Dances and the Mozart Symphony #35 (Haffner). Music Director
Christopher Hisey will conduct the concert.
Director and co-founder of the American Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Hisey is a
graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Bowling
Green University in
conducting and made his international debut with the Ruse Philharmonic
Orchestra in Bulgaria
in January 2001. He returned to Bulgaria
to conduct the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2002 and was
immediately engaged for March 2002 for the American Music Festival in Sofia at the end of 2003.
He has also appeared with the St. Petersburg Klassika Symphony, formerly the
Leningrad State Philharmonic.
Mr. Hisey currently serves as the Music
Director and Conductor for the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (Connecticut), the Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony
and is the Associate Conductor for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Mr.
Hisey also serves on the string faculty of Greens Farms Academy in Westport,
and has served as Adjunct Professor of Conducting and Music Director at
Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, and Fairfield University. He has also
served as Music Director of the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra and the
Troupers Light Opera Company.
Cello soloist Melissa Morgan
started playing the cello at the age of 6 after hearing a performance of the
Dvorak Cello Concerto on the radio. From the time she was very young, Melissa
knew that the cello would be a huge part of her life. Melissa has a Bachelors
degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters degree in performance
from the San Francisco Conservatory. She has taught at the University of New Mexico,
the San Francisco Community Music
Center the Green Street Center of
Performing Arts in Middletown
and the CT Virtuosi Music Academy.
Founded in 2003, the American Chamber
Orchestra is comprised of serious musicians and music educators from throughout
Fairfield, New Haven
and Westchester counties. The mission of the
orchestra is to bring high quality music to the community while promoting local
artists. The orchestra has toured Austria, the Czech
Italy and Scotland.
The First Presbyterian Church of
Fairfield is one half mile south of the Merritt Parkway Exit 46 on Easton
Turnpike. The concert begins at 8 PM. Suggested
contribution is $15 for adults and $10 for students. ACO is a 501(c)3
non-profit organization and appreciates donor support. Call 203-255-7661 for information or please visit www.americanchamberorchestra.com