Concerts & Tickets

 2016-2017 Season

The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra invites you to join us in 2016-2017 for our fifth concert season, which will feature four exciting, entertaining and highly-listenable programs for Peninsula audiences. Last season, we premiered a major work by Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen and partnered with the Bay Choral Guild in a superb series of concerts featuring the Mozart Requiem in Robert Levin’s daring reconstruction. Concert venues are in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

If you’d like to be on the mailing list for this year’s concerts, it’s amazingly easy!


If you’d like to buy tickets for this year’s concerts;

  • Advance (online): Adult $20, Senior $15, Student $8 at
  • At the door: Adult $23, Senior (62+) $18, Student $10
  • Free for school-age children with ticket holder


June 3
[June 4 concert is postponed]
Women Composers: A Celebration

Reena Esmail: The Blue Room violin concerto
Clara Wieck Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor
Cecile Chaminade: Concertino for flute and orchestra
Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Mulholland Recollections for Viola and Orchestra
Adrienne Albert: Courage

Join Music Director James Richard Frieman and the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra as they mark the conclusion of NMCO’s fifth season with “Women Composers: A Celebration.” This mini-festival of music by female writers, both historical and current, spans nearly two centuries of musical history, ranging from the German Romantic tradition to the highly-diverse musical culture of the present day. Four of the works are for solo instruments and orchestra:

    • NMCO Concertmaster and fiddle champion Colyn Fischer essays “The Blue Room,” a passionate, electrifying two-movement violin concerto by the young Chicago-born composer Reena Esmail. She writes: “The title was taken from a poem called White Key, by the Poet Laureate of California, Carol Muske. The line reads, ‘…like the light on the bed / In the blue room where I last held you.’ The poem is such a poignant expression of love and loss and has resonated with me for years, since the day I first heard it.”
    • Innovative “OutBach®” pianist Donna Coleman brings her rendering of Clara Wieck Schumann’s only complete work for piano and orchestra, the Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7. This wonderfully imaginative virtuoso masterpiece is all the more astonishing when we consider that Clara completed it when she was just 17 years old!
    • Margaret Warton, NMCO principal flautist, plays Cecile Chaminade’s virtuoso showpiece, the “Concertino” for flute and orchestra, one of the best known and most beloved works in the flute repertoire.
    • Donny Lobree, NMCO principal violist, is featured in a work by the award-winning Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen, “Mulholland Recollections.” This piece has been re-scored by Nancy expressly for Donny and NMCO from a movement of her earlier Clarinet Concerto.

The orchestra will also play two fanfares from the year 2000 by California composers: Adrienne Albert’s inspirational Courage and Jacqueline Hairston’s Trilogy on Spirituals – Fanfare, commissioned by the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic.

Mark your calendar now for this exciting and adventurous program of music by some outstanding female composers!

Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 PM
Transfiguration Episcopal Church​
3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Sunday, June 4 at 4:00 PM [Postponed]
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto
1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Winter into Spring, March 18 and 19, 2017
March 18 and 19
Winter Into Spring
Vivaldi: L’Inverno and La Primavera from “The Four Seasons”
Prokofieff: Troïka from “Lieutenant Kijé”
Bloch: Hiver (Winter) and Printemps (Spring)
Delius: On Hearing The First Cuckoo In Spring
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major “The Spring Symphony”

The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra conducted by James Richard Frieman presents “Winter into Spring”, featuring fiddle champion and NMCO concertmaster Colyn Fischer.

This concert, part of our 2016-2017 season, celebrates the changing of the seasons, featuring works depicting the beauty, cold, and wild storms of winter followed by the joyous awakening of spring.

Violinist Colyn Fischer will lead the orchestra in Vivaldi’s “Winter” and “Spring” concertos from “The Four Seasons. The program also includes Ernest Bloch’s rarely-heard “Hiver (Winter)” and “Printemps (Spring)” and music by Prokofiev, and Delius, bringing to life the sounds of the seasons by highlighting different orchestral musical palettes and traditions. The concert will conclude with Schumann’s “Spring” symphony, the rousing and joyful Symphony No. 1.

Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM
Transfiguration Episcopal Church​
3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto
1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

OutBach with Brahms, December 3, and 4, 2016
December 3 and 4, 2016
Brahms Symphony No. 2
J.S. Bach: Concerto in D Minor – Donna Jean Coleman, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Charles Ives: The Alcotts from “Concord” Sonata

Join The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra; its dynamic Music Director, James Richard Frieman; and internationally acclaimed pianist Donna Coleman as we play J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor and Brahms’s Second Symphony. Dr. Coleman will also play the “The Alcotts” movement from Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata.

Award-winning Philadelphia-born pianist Donna Coleman has spent the last twenty-two years in Australia where she created the OutBach® project that explores relationships between Indigenous, art, and popular music and makes performances in unexpected locations and combinations, including the world-first piano and didgeridoo duo collaborations and performances of concerti by J.S. Bach with guitars and didgeridoo instead of the traditional string orchestra.

Coleman’s performance research on American music produced world acclaimed recordings of works by Charles Ives (Et’Cetera Records Amsterdam), by composers associated with the Ragtime tradition (ABC Classics Sydney), and her own label OutBach® Music released Don’t Touch Me, the Danzas Cubanas by Ignacio Cervantes (2010) and The Lost Lady (2015). Her recording of Ives’s “Concord” Sonata received France’s Diapason d’Or and Editor’s Choice, and Christian Tarting’s review for Diapason magazine claims, “this Second Pianoforte Sonata . . . finds here its most convincing recorded version, due to its assertion, the assurance in its manner of effectively carrying out each detail, its analytical finesse.” James North writing for Fanfare found “Donna Coleman’s performance of Ives’s First Sonata is grand and sweeping, strong and confident, filled with charm and overflowing with joy. It immediately becomes my preferred version.”

Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church​
178 Clinton St. at Brewster Ave., Redwood City
Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 PM
Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center
1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park

Outside the Lines, October 1 and 2, 2016
October 1 and 2, 2016
Outside the Lines: Not The Usual Repertoire
O’Connor: The Fiddle Concerto – Colyn Fischer, violin
Armstrong/Frieman: Concert Variations on a theme of Billy Joe Armstrong
Nelson/Frieman: A Memorial Tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson
Pender: Something to Live For – Don Pender, saxophone

Fiddle champion Colyn Fischer play’s Mark O’Connor’s phenomenal crossover hit “The Fiddle Concerto” for violin and orchestra. This work has received more performances than any violin concerto written in the last 50 years. Drawing on classical influences and fiddling traditions from the U.S. and abroad, this hallmark piece has thrilled audiences all over the world since its premiere in 1992.

Also on the program is NMCO conductor James Richard Frieman’s “When September Ends: Concert Variations on a Theme of Billy Joe Armstrong,” the celebrated songwriter, guitarist, singer and driving force behind the Bay Area’s legendary band Green Day for more than twenty years. In addition to this exciting premiere, jazz artist Don Penderplays his haunting ballad “Something to Live For” in an arrangement for strings, harp and baritone sax. The concert is rounded out by Frieman’s tribute to Prince, truly one of the great musical geniuses of our time.

Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 PM
Woodside High School Performing Arts Center
199 Churchill Ave., Woodside
Sunday, October 2 at 7:00 PM
Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom
1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

All programs subject to change.