Saturday May 13, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Robert Olson – Conductor
Maureen Ann Boddicker – Soprano
Cameron Grant – Tenor
Rachel Ellins – Harp
Autumn Deppa – Violin
Chih-Long Hu – Piano
Presenting the music of
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Classic Disney Film Songs
George Gershwin (“Rhapsody in Blue”)
And much, much more
Join us for what promises to be our best Pops concert ever, plus the announcement and presentation of our new Music Director and Conductor, selected after a year-long search.
Maureen Boddicker Biography
Maureen Boddicker has established herself as a versatile artist in oratorio, concert and operatic works. Repertoire includes the major works of J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Händel, Purcell, Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Beethoven, Fauré, Charpentier, Brahms, Honegger, Mendelssohn, Barber, Rutter, Orff, Dave Brubeck, Bernstein and Villa-Lobos, with orchestras in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Illinois. Favorite operatic credits are Norina in Don Pasquale, Miss Silverpeal in The Impressario, Mrs. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte.
Internationally, Mrs. Boddicker has performed for festivals in New Zealand, Sweden, England, Japan, Rome and Brazil, and was featured as a recitalist on Princess Cruises.
Mrs. Boddicker is a member of NATS, WMEA and Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, and can be heard on the Gothic recording of Honegger’s King David. Mrs. Boddicker is on the Vocal Arts Area faculty at the University of Wyoming, and enjoys adjudication and clinic opportunities in the Midwest region and abroad.
A wife and grandmother, she is an avid gardener and fisher-woman and loves to travel and entertain family and friends with her husband, Dan.
Cameron Grant Biography
Mr. Grant is a fourth generation Longmont native and a local attorney. Cameron began his vocal training while attending Niwot High School. He trained here in Longmont with Mary Lou Moore and first stepped on stage with the Jester’s Dinner Theater. Cameron continued his studies as an undergraduate at Colorado College where he received the Marie Clough Gillis Award for Excellence in Vocal Music. While attending college, Mr. Grant studied with Bethany Beardsley of the Mars Hill College of Music and performed in the Opera Colorado production of Verdi’s Il Trovatoré. Cameron has performed with the Aspen Opera Theater Center and Aspen Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Edward Berkley of the Juilliard Opera Center. Locally, Cameron has performed with the Colorado Music Festival, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and with the Tapestry Chamber Players.
Cameron ultimately chose to make music his avocation and law his profession, and now lives here with his wife Erika and three sons, Caden, Nicholas and Connor.
Rachel Ellins Biography
Rachel Starr Ellins is a professional harpist, teacher and arranger. She is the first call substitute/second harpist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and principal harpist with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. Rachel was the instructor of harp at Colorado State University from1996 until 2016.
Ms. Ellins received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied with Kathy Bundock Moore and her masters degree from the University of North Texas where she studied with Ellen Ritcher. Rachel also studied for two summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival with harpist Lucile Lawrence. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Timberline Symphony, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, and the Longmont Symphony.
She has been a guest artist with the Front Range Chamber Players and the Loveland Friends of Chamber Music. She has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout Northern Colorado. Ms. Ellins teaches harp lessons from her home in Longmont and has been on the faculty of the Harp Oklahoma/
Colorado/Nebraska Workshops for the past four summers. She has published several harp ensemble arrangements and loves to conduct harp ensemble.
Ms. Ellins resides in Longmont with her husband Joe and daughter Amanda.
Autumn Deppa Biography
Violinist Autumn Emily Deppa joined the Longmont Symphony as concertmaster in fall of 2008, while completing her fourth degree in Violin Performance at the University of Denver. Her principal teachers have included Sally O’Reilly and Elmar Oliveira. Deppa regularly appears in concert as a full time violinist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra and is the violinist of the Denver String Quintet.
Deppa started her early music training at the age of nine in the Twin Cities. She has performed with orchestras across the country including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Civic Orchestra. Deppa has appeared in concert with such noted artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Amy Grant and Sir James Galway.
Deppa is a dedicated and passionate violin instructor in the Colorado Springs area where she
runs her own private violin studio. She currently plays on a French Charles Collin-Mezin and
Victor Fétique bow.
Chih-Long Hu Biography
A native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu‘s performance career was launched after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Concurs Internacional De Piano D’Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, California.
An active performer, Hu performs extensively in Asia, Europe, and throughout North America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His 2014-2015 season highlights include concerto performances of Rachamninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, solo and chamber recitals in China, Taiwan, Italy, Canada, and the U.S.–New York, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, and California. He has recently collaborated with conductors Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, Robert Seebacher, and Hwei-Ming Twu; violinists Ryu Goto and Brian Lewis; the Miami String Quartet; and is a member of the Trifecta Trio, the Appalachia Piano Trio, and the Aloha Piano Quartet. Hu’s performances have been broadcast in “Performance Today” through NPR stations across the country and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His CD albums “Formosa Caprices”, “Complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux”, and “Trifecta Trio” have received critical acclaim. His recording of the complete Bach Goldberg Variations will be released this year.
Named 2013 “Teacher of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Association, Dr. Hu is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge international and regional competitions. Hu is the Artistic Director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International (New Brunswick), as well as the New York International Piano Festival. He is also a regular faculty member of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival in Kansas, and Ameri-China Foundation Music Festival in China during the summer.
Hu holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His piano teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Dr. Hu is currently tenured faculty at East Tennessee State University.