Central UCC has always been one of the anchors in the historic Old Munichburg/Southside of Jefferson City. This church was, for so many years, the center of this community. We are working hard to reclaim that place and that role in Jefferson City. One way we are trying to do that is to open our doors to the wider community with some new and exciting initiatives. One of these new ideas is The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra—a new chamber orchestra which will be based here at Central UCC and featuring some of the finest classical musicians from Jefferson City and Columbia. Our very own Dr. Patrick Clark is its Artistic Director and Conductor. The focus of the orchestra will be on enriching the cultural climate of our community, encouraging excellence in music performance and providing audiences the opportunity to experience a diverse repertoire of music.
The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra is an Arts Outreach of Central United Church of Christ.
Check out SPO’s website at www.southsidephilharmonic.org
The curtains have closed. The Mouse King has been defeated. Clara is awakening from her dreams. Ballet shoes have been removed. Costumes are put away. Instruments are in their cases. The sets have been struck. The conductor’s baton has been relinquished…for now.
All that is left is to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in this production — from the amazing dancers from Dancers’ Alley to the impressive musicians of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra to the multitudes of supporting characters — to those who helped sew or build or paint or sell or promote or help in any other way. But mostly, THANK YOU to the parents, grandparents, and citizens of Jefferson City and the surrounding area for supporting the arts and this production so passionately. Without you and your continuing support, productions such as this would not be possible. Thank you all!
The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) opened its 2018-19 season at home in the CUCC Sanctuary with a rare set of early Italian Baroque masterpieces by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and Giovanni Gabrieli (1556-1612).
This music is more than 400 years old (!), and would have been heard by audiences contemporary with William Shakespeare. 1600 is typically considered to be the end of the Renaissance and beginning of the Baroque in music. The music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli inevitably exhibits characteristics of both eras but most importantly they both developed bold innovations that would define the Baroque era so commonly associated with Vivaldi and Bach who lived more than a century later.
As unlikely as this may seem, the music of Claudio Monteverdi would have struck the ears of his audiences at the time with effect similar to the Beatles sound to audiences in 1960’s America. Monteverdi’s music was startlingly fresh, abandoning much of the formal discipline from the previous (15th) century—a‘pure science of relationships’ in the words of
American musicologist Lewis Lockwood—in favor of emotionally expressive music that served the meaning of the text. In the case of Monteverdi’s madrigals, the music and text are achingly poignant, and one must hear this to appreciate the truth of this statement.
All noble brass writing through to the present finds its origin in the compositional methods of Gabrieli who was famous in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice for writing magnificent works that split brass choirs into every available corner of the cathedral for dramatic spatial effect. SPO presented seven of Gabrieli’s brass works, some containing twelve independent parts and instruments simultaneously, in the authentic antiphonal style within the Central United Church of Christ—this was a sonic event that had probably never been attempted in CUCC and should have been an unforgettable experience for attendees.