Opening Night Gala | Saturday, March 30, 2019

Come out and support the local SHO! Our second annual Opening Night Gala will take place at the UAW Hall in Spring Hill on Saturday, March 30 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6pm with a pre-concert reception and silent auction, followed by a concert with the SHO featuring opera singers Amanda Nelson and Justin Colon. Dinner will be served immediately following. All proceeds go to support the orchestra and help us continue bringing classical music to our community.

Early bird tickets are $75/ea though February!

Prices increase to $85/ea on March 1st and $95 on March 15th.

Seating is limited so don’t delay in reserving your seats!

Klassical Kidz! March 9th, 10am

Join us for our first annual Klassical Kids concert. This free event will start at 10am at Church at Station Hill (8083 Station Hill Dr, Spring Hill) with an instrumental petting zoo. At 10:30am a concert geared towards introducing young people to classical music and the full orchestra will follow. We’re excited to be partnering with Classical Conversations to present this concert to the community.

Hope to see y’all there!

2019 Season at a Glance

SHO Concert Schedule 2019

Klassical Kidz 

Sat, March 9th, 10am-11:30am – The Church at Station Hill, Spring Hill
(10am Instrument Petting Zoo | 10:30am Concert)

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
in partnership with Classical Conversations

Program
DELIBES Suite for Sylvia

 

Spring Gala Concert & Dinner Fundraiser 

March 30th, 6:30pm – UAW Hall Spring Hill
6pm – Doors Open for Pre Concert Reception | 6:30pm Concert | Dinner

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Amanda Nelson, coloratura soprano 
Justin Colón, lyric baritone

Program
DONIZETTI selections from Don Pasquale
MOZART selections from Die Zauberflöte
ROSSINI selections from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Spring Concert

Fri, April 26th, 7:30pm – Calvary United Methodist Church, Nashville
Sun, April 28th, 3:00pm –  Williamson County Enrichment Center, Franklin

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Guest Choirs:
Heritage Children’s Choir (Friday only)
Williamson County Community Chorus (Sun only)

Program
HUMPERDINCK Overture and selections from Hansel and Gretel
MOZART Ave Verum Corpus
VERDI Slave’s Chorus from Nabucco
ELGAR Enigma Variations (selections)

Summer Spectacular Concert

Fri, July 26th, 7:30pm – Church at Station Hill, Spring Hill
Sat, July 27th, 7:30pm – Cherry Theater, Columbia State Community College

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Joseph Kingma, piano

Program 
DELIBES Suite for Sylvia
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 “Egyptian”
BORODIN Symphony No. 2

Summer Chamber Concerts

Fri or Sat Aug 30 or 31, 7:30pm –  location TBD
Mon, Sept 2, 7:00pm – Labor Day Concert at Westview Pavillion, Spring Hill

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor and trumpet
Darick Baker, cello

Program
MENDELSSOHN Overture to Midsummers Night Dream
TCHAIKOVSKY Variatons on a Rococo Theme
HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto
SCHUBERT Symphony 3

Fall Frenzy Concerts

Fri, Oct 25th, 7:30pm – location TBD
Sat, Oct 26th, 7:30pm – location TBD

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Chantal Balestri, piano
Judith Markovich, composer

Program
MARKOVICH Emergence
GRIEG Piano Concerto
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 (“Organ“)

Christmas Concerts with Church at Station Hill

Sat, Dec 14th 3pm & 6pm
Sun, Dec 15th, 3pm & 6pm

Featured Musician: Erin Erdos, flute

SHO Member Since: Fall 2016

Current job: Director of Operations – Al McCree Entertainment. Freelance graphic designer.

Degree/college attended: BS in Music Business, Master of Music in Performance. Lee University.

At what age did you start playing flute and when/why did you decide to pursue music as a career:

I started playing flute in 5th grade at age 10. It’s something that came naturally at first, and was more fun to practice (to me) than other instruments I had tried. I had amazing band teachers and musical mentors who poured into me at an early age. I attended a summer music camp for 9 years and there I was surrounded by musical heroes who taught me that practice and experience was just as important if not more than natural talent. I can honestly say that I am probably at my happiest when I’m playing in a room of talented and dedicated musicians. I loved and still love being one little puzzle piece among many that create the final beautiful sound. If you’re sitting in the audience and you get goosebumps from a symphony, it’s because everyone was making something beautiful, not just one person. I love that.

Who is your musical hero or inspiration: Definitely my family. My mother grew up in a musical family and she raised me in the same way. Our house was filled with music and instruments and I’m so glad that it was my “normal.” I also owe a lot to my first flute teacher/band instructor Paula Humphreys. She stayed after school and gave me extra instruction and pieces to work on when I ran out of things to play in the band book. She was always incredibly encouraging and I’ll always appreciate the time and thought she put into my life.

A funny musical experience: At my first solo and ensemble band competition, my stand partner forgot a page from one of our pieces and we didn’t realize it until we were playing, in the concert. We froke out for a second but I kept playing, and at that moment I realized that I had memorized the piece. My band director said I had really excellent eye contact, and I said explained later why that was and he couldn’t stop laughing. That experience always stuck in my mind and lead me to do research in grad school on muscle memory and how our brain processes short term and long term information during practice sessions. Memorization comes easier to some people, and I wanted to learn how to teach it to anyone.

What was your first orchestral experience: I played in my church orchestra in middle school, and I remember being terrified. This wasn’t music camp, it was a bunch of adults who knew their stuff and for some reason they were letting me play long with them. It taught me to have confidence to play in the “silence.” Church orchestrations can be kind of sparse, so sometimes there’s only one flute playing at a time and if you’re too scared to play… nothing gets heard. It taught me to play loud and strong even if it was a wrong note, being too scared to play feels worse than a mistake.

Favorite composer: I love a good moody composer, so I’m very fond of French and Russian/czech music. Guys like Dvorak, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich wrote music that seemed so full of angst. In some cases it felt like their way of protesting political or personal issues, pouring all of it into music. And then Debussy and Faure are wonderful, they’re like stepping into a dream.

What music do you listen to in your free time: I listen to a lot of everything. Anything I listen to ends up getting a little analyzed so I appreciate artists like Ben Folds or Jack White who seem to know how to make every instrument sound the best. I love a lot of Classic Rock, Alt 90’s and singer songwriter styles. You’ll find anything from Metallica to to Simon & Garfunkel on my playlists. I’m also weirdly fond of Skrillex. He makes sounds that are almost alien, it can be a little mesmerizing.

Other: I’m big nerd. I can waste a lot of time talking about Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or the timespace plot holes in the Terminator franchise. I loathe running, but I’m very into fitness and eating healthy. I’ve been told that I know more about planning a Disney vacation than the average adult should know. I love to read and I love to cook. When I’m stressed, I make an absurd amount of baked goods, mostly Cake Pops. That’s about it. Oh and coffee. I drink a lot of that.

Join the SHO!

Are you an orchestra musician looking for an outlet to play in the greater Spring Hill area? Consider joining the Spring Hill Orchestra. We are devoted to bringing classical orchestral music to the community. Founded in November 2014, this group is composed of a wonderfully diverse mix of people. We rehearse on Monday evenings in Spring Hill from 7-9pm and perform an average of four different concerts per year.

We are ALWAYS in need of more string players. If you would like to come sit in at rehearsal to see what it’s like please feel free to contact us and we will gladly make arrangements. We are also occasionally in need of extra winds and percussion so let us know if you are interested.

We look forward to hearing from you!

info@springhillorchestra.org