Season Three Rehearsals Now Underway

Spectrum musicians are hard at work on “A Salute to Wagner” for our first concert of the season on November 21st at the Seaholm High School Auditorium.  Featuring the Prelude to Die Meistersinger and Seigfried’s Idyll, the program also features Carl Von Weber’s Die Freischutz overture as well as Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.   Music Director Daniel Brier will help the audience explore the influences these three composers had on each other’s music, and point out where they borrowed from each other’s work.

We Are Recruiting!

Spectrum is urgently seeking string players –  particularly violins – to balance the orchestra.  At least a half dozen of our violinists aren’t able to join us for this concert because of schedule conflicts, health concerns, or because they moved out of the area.

We are looking for intermediate to advanced players who can join us for Thursday night rehearsals at Seaholm High School.  If you are interested, please click on the Join Us! link, and be sure to pass the word to any of your string-playing acquaintances.

March Concert Notes

March 14, 2014 Concert

March 14, 2014 Concert

Spectrum Orchestra would like to thank our audience who turned out last night for our March concert, featuring Oliver Ragsdale, President of the Carr Center, as our narrator on Lincoln Portrait.

We apologize for the over-long intermission:  a member of our orchestra became ill, prompting a medical emergency and a call for paramedics.  Nice to know we have so many doctors among our players and in our audience!

Our player is recovering and will be back with us soon, and we hope you’ll be part of our next concert as well.

Mark your calendar for June 6th, when Spectrum Orchestra will present a program featuring Mendelsohn, Grieg, and Bruckner.  All of Spectrum’s concerts take place at Seaholm High School’s auditorium.

A Roman, a Little Russian, and Abraham Lincoln walked into a concert …

Veturia at the Feet of Coriolanus by Gaspare Landi (1756–1830)

Veturia at the Feet of Coriolanus by Gaspare Landi (1756–1830)

On Friday evening, March 14th, the Spectrum Orchestra will stage its next concert at Seaholm High School’s Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m.   The program opens with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, written in 1807 to go with a recently written tragic play about the fifth century Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus.

Oliver Ragsdale

Oliver Ragsdale, Jr.
President, Carr Center

Joining the orchestra for Copland’s Lincoln Portrait will be Oliver Ragsdale, Jr.,  President of the Carr Center in Detroit.  A musician himself, Mr. Ragsdale is working to transform the Carr Center in to a destination arts location for the community with a special focus on African-American artistic expression.

Following the intermission, Spectrum will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, known as the “Little Russian.”

Join us for the most ambitious program yet in Spectrum’s young history.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for patrons with military ID.

57 Musicians and Counting!

There were 57 musicians on the stage for Spectrum Orchestra’s Fall 2013 concert — more than double the number just a year earlier when this fledgling orchestra made its concert debut. The evening included music from Brahms, Holst, Mozart and Stravinsky. Sneak a peak here.

Spectrum Orchestra 11.22.13 from Bloomfield Township on Vimeo.

Spectrum is still recruiting violins and violas to round out the orchestra. Our next concert, featuring Copland, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, is scheduled for March 14th. Join us for Thursday night rehearsals! Just click on “Join Us!” in the nav bar for more information.

The Common Man and Mozart

Spectrum Orchestra is proud to announce its first concert of the 2013-2014 season, taking place on Friday evening, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m.   The orchestra will be performing that spans nearly 300 years of musical history, all in one program at the Seaholm High School Auditorium in Birmingham.

Jupiter_by_Cassini-HuygensThe program will open with the Spectrum brass performing Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, before the rest of the orchestra joins in for a 19th century treat: the first movement of Brahms’ Serenade  #1.   “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets will round out the first half of the concert.

MozartAfter an intermission, Music Director Daniel Brier will lead the Spectrum Orchestra in Mozart’s Symphony #38, known as the “Prague” Symphony, which had its premiere in that city in 1787.  Wrapping up the program will be another 20th century landmark composition — the Berceuse and Finale from Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite.

The Spectrum Orchestra is in its second year of operation, and has nearly 50 adult amateur members, dedicated to playing the best of classical music.

Tickets for the concert are  $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free to members of the military in uniform.  Tickets are available from many orchestra members and will be sold (cash only please!) at the door.

Recruiting Musicians for the 2013-14 Spectrum Season

Spectrum Orchestra begins rehearsing its second season on Thursday, September 5th, at 7:30 p.m. at Seaholm High School. Music Director Daniel Brier has assembled a varied program of music for the year, with selections from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

ViolasSpectrum is looking for some additional musicians to help make this great music.  There are open positions in all string sections, including an open concertmaster’s chair.  We’re also looking for some percussionists.   Spectrum welcomes all adult musicians who are willing to work hard and practice diligently.  No formal audition is required, but you may be asked to play as part of an interview with the chair of the musicians committee and the music director to facilitate seating assignments.

Take a look at our planned repertoire and the rehearsal schedule.  If you’d like to take a look at the parts in advance, most of the music we play can be downloaded from

If you are interested in learning more about Spectrum or joining us, please click on the “Join Us” link and drop us a line.

A Memorable Concert Ends Spectrum’s First Year

The Music Director dropped his baton for a violin bow. A clarinet-playing doctor dropped his instrument for a baton. And at least one enthusiastic audience member had a particularly good time. Spectrum Orchestra’s final concert of its premier season was one orchestra members will remember for a long time. Captured on video courtesy of the folks at Birmingham-Bloomfield Community Television.