The Wilmington Community Orchestra welcomes British composer/conductor David Osbon as guest conductor on Sunday, March 23, for its 3 pm concert, “The British Are Coming.” The performance will feature the World Premiere of Osbon’s Violin Concerto, written specifically for the WCO, with WCO Conductor Timothy Schwarz on violin.
“In my 40-year career as a violinist, I have had the honor and privilege to be part of several compositional ‘births,’ although none have been on the scale of the Violin Concerto by David Osbon,” says Schwarz. He notes that programming an orchestral work before it is even written is a real leap of faith, but this risk reaped tremendous rewards. “When the orchestra first read the concerto, there was a sense that history was being made. To witness the creation of such a work is as miraculous as watching a child being born. In this case, I have little doubt that our ‘child’ will affect millions of future musicians and will be played long after my own name is forgotten.”
The concert will be held in the Wilmington Concert Hall at The Music School of Delaware, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington and will also feature Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op. 36, on the program. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors. The concert is sponsored by Jacobs Music. For more information, call (302) 762-1132 or visit www.
The Wilmington Community Orchestra is an accomplished amateur orchestra, with noted soloists, and presents music from the standard symphonic repertoire. The next concert by the Wilmington Community Orchestra will be Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at The Laird Performing Arts Center at the Tatnall School, Wilmington. It is titled “Passion Prevails” and is sponsored by Jacobs Music.