San José Chamber Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary Season presents program of Premieres “Of Time and Place” on October 30, 2021

San José Chamber Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary Season presents

“Of Time and Place”

Including three Premiere Performances by

John Christopher Wineglass, Jaco Wong and João Luiz Rezende

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

St Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Avenue, San José, 95125 or 408 295-4416  

Photo of Bridget Kibbey courtesy of the artist.


Barbara Day Turner, Conductor

Bridget Kibbey, harpist

SJCO returns to indoor performances in San Jose’s newest small venue at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Jose.  (Comfortable seating, space for distancing, gorgeous acoustics).

Works by J.S. Bach, Jaco Wong, John Christopher Wineglass and João Luiz Rezende.

Emmy-award winning composer John Christopher Wineglass’ work Alone Together is the composers’ response to the social issues we have all been facing during the pandemic, ranging from not being able to perform together to systemic racial disparities. Co-commissioned by the San José Chamber Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Pacific and Monterey Symphonies, this will be the Northern California premiere. Wineglass is currently Composer-in-Residence with

The Monterey Symphony.

Young Bay Area composer Jaco Wong’s somewhat metaphysical take on the function of time during quarantine, Olēka, commissioned by SJCO, receives its World Premiere performance.

Olēka — (n.) the awareness of how few days are memorable.

As daily routines get more mundane during quarantine, our perception of

time warps and becomes hopelessly inaccurate. An idea derived from the

Holiday Paradox: individual days may feel unbearably long, yet the entire

year seemed to have drifted away quickly without any of us noticing.

The evening’s performance concludes with the West Coast premiere of João Luiz Rezende’s harp concerto Recife an homage to the rhythms, dancers, and musicians from Recife in Brazil marrying elements of Baroque structure ‘with Brazilian elements’ and features harpist Bridget Kibbey.  Orlando Sentinel writer Matthew J. Palm offered this description from the premiere performance; ”The concerto bursts with drama. When Kibbey raps on her harp’s frame, complementing the other percussive elements, it seems as though some unknown force is knocking on the door; you don’t know what’s waiting there, but you’re eager to find out.”

Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her innovative, virtuosic performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. Collaborating with some of today’s top artists, she crosses genres to emphasize the harp’s role through centuries and cultures of music. 


Covid-19 info

Proof of vaccination required.
Masks required.
Subject to change.
No ticket sales at the door.


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