10/18 O1ARTS Newsletter Article – updates and performing arts

Hello again, friends! As I write this, the monsoon has passed, and it’s a gorgeous, crisp, sunny day in the Wasatch.

We do want to remind you of our current exhibition up at @#O1PLATFORMSKaleidoscope | A Community Exhibit Of Butterflies  We’ve EXTENDED IT THROUGH MID-NOVEMBER!!

It features eight different projects by various schools, community groups, and art collectives from the Ogden area, each of which interprets the butterfly theme a bit differently. Go check it out, as it comes down mid-November, and due to the season, is likely our last show there for this year.

In fact, why not join us on Friday November 2, for a Free Milkweed Seed Giveaway?  We’ll have free Showy Milkweed seeds (limited quantities) at #VanSessions in the E parking lot at The Monarch.

ARTISTS:  It’s not too early to begin planning for 2019! We have tentative ideas for March through May at PLATFORMS, but would love YOU to help with programming for the rest of the year! We are looking for exhibition ideas that deal with identity, gender, immigration, the environment, etc… what do YOU want to say? If you’ve got a great idea, drop us a line at connect@ogdenfirst.org and let’s talk about how to make it happen.

Make sure to check out this issue’s Featured Creative, Molly Morin. Molly has shared her unique artwork and projections with O1 in several exhibitions and events, and has a show, Molly Morin: Information Density opening at UMOCA on the 26th, alongside fellow Ogdenite Jp Orquiz. Do NOT miss it!

Moving on, O1ARTS is dedicated to advancing ALL art forms in Ogden, and while we haven’t done much with/for performing arts (yet!), there’s a pretty strong calendar of such events. In fact, the fall & winter seasons are just gearing up! Of course, every 2nd Wednesday there’s Jazz at the Station. Check out the event pages for the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association (OSBA), Chamber Orchestra Ogden (COO), OFOAM – Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music, and our featured group, NEXT Ensemble. We asked them to tell us a bit about themselves, and here’s what they shared:

Ogden’s own NEXT Ensemble is back for its fourth season! If you’re not already familiar with us, we are a group of chamber musicians dedicated to transforming the concert experience by presenting top-notch music in an audience-friendly way. NEXT Ensemble is made up of musicians from around the Wasatch front.

Our first concert of the season, held in September, was a doozy: Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale for narrator and chamber ensemble. It is a Faustian story about a soldier who trades his soul (and his violin) to the devil in exchange for earthly pleasures, which he soon figures out was a bad idea.

We actually presented Soldier’s Tale twice — once at Alleged and again at Union Grill. The performance at Union Grill was part of our Family Series and thus open to all ages (Alleged is a 21+ venue). Some brought their children, who were delighted by the story and the way the music brought it to life. We at NEXT Ensemble believe that children and young adults deserve the opportunity to hear live music, and we are happy to be offering all-ages concerts this year in addition to our Underground series at Alleged.

Our presentation of the holiday opera Amahl and the Night Visitors was an enormous success last year, and we will re-stage the opera again this year at the The Bigelow Hotel & Residence on Sunday, December 9. We will have two performances in order to accommodate all, 4:00 pm & 7:00pm. This season will include our annual New Year, New Music concert, which features new pieces by local composers. We will uphold our commitment to composers who are typically underrepresented in classical music programming by offering another installment of our acclaimed Women in Music concert as well as a Music Without Borders concert.

Coming up soon, on November 3rd and 10th, NEXT Ensemble will present a salute to veterans. This concert, which we have titled When Johnny Comes Marching Home – All Ages Concert, will take a look at the vast array of music celebrating soldiers — not war, but instead the people who fight in them, come home from them, and sometimes sacrifice their lives in them.

We do hope to see you at one or all of our events this season. The full concert schedule is at www.nextensemble.org.