2015-16 Season Set for Frisco & McKinney
The orchestra has set the performances for the upcoming 2015-16 season that begins in November. It will feature a wide variety of music to meet traditional classical tastes, ballet, choral, plus some contemporary and minimalist compositions. Check the Upcoming Performances page for details.
Season Opens with Great Audience Response
The orchestra opened the 2015-16 season with performances on November 7th and 8th in McKinney and Frisco, respectively. The audience was treated to an excellent variety of selections performed exclusively by the orchestra's string section.
The longer opening piece featured Arensky: Variations on a Theme on Tchaikovsky and was followed by Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor that spotlighted the orchestra's concertmaster, Marina Dichenko, who excelled in her solo performance.
Audience Enjoys First Ever Raffle
Kicking off the Frisco season opener at the Sunday afternoon performance on November 8th, the audience was treated to a raffle at intermission, the first conducted by the orchestra. Thanks to generous donations from local restaurants, the orchestra had gift cards to raffle from Perry's Steakhouse, Bob's Steak & Chop House, 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, Silver Fox restaurant, and Jinbeh Japanese Restaurant.
Following intermission, the audience heard Lullaby by Gershwin and then a contemporary piece, Peck, Signs of Life II, that combined movements of traditional classical with blues and jazz.
A Standing Ovation that More Should Have Experienced
Peck's Sign of Life II featured great energy in an upbeat tempo that was an exciting departure from the traditional classical pieces the orchestra has presented previously. The enthusiasm of the musicians and conductor Jason Lim and quality of the performance was roundly recognized by the standing ovation delivered by the audience which, in turn, was rewarded with an encore by the orchestra.
In speaking with several audience members as they made their way to the exits, to a person the same question was posed:
"This was a great performance. Why weren't more people here to experience it?"
A simple question with a simple answer: Though Odysseus is a professional orchestra that has become the resident chamber orchestra of Frisco and McKinney, we receive limited grant funds and extremely limited individual and corporate donations. Ticket sales must make up the shortfall to pay for our performances, but ticket sales require an advertising campaign to inform residents that Odysseus exists and to publicize upcoming performances.
Without the funds required to pay for ads, Odysseus faces this financial catch-22 that makes increasing awareness and audience participation a challenging task. You're reading this because you know about Odysseus. We welcome your support and encourage you to spread the word so others can learn what you've discovered.
"We are grateful for the tremendous support provided by the sponsors listed below and by the citizens of Frisco and McKinney for welcoming us as your new resident orchestra. As we begin our 2015-16 season, we look forward to the opportunity to grow and prosper along with your cities, and to become an important component of your rich and expanding cultural arts."
Frisco Residents Pass Proposition No. 8 Approving $10 Million Bond for Performing Arts Center (PAC)
On May 9, 2015. Frisco residents voted by a margin of approximately 60% to 40% in favor approving City Proposition No. 8 to provide funding to evaluate the feasibility of constructing a Frisco PAC. This provides the City Council with the authority to sell $10 million dollars in bonds for this purpose. The Council retains additional authority approved in a 2006 election to sell an additional $4 million in bonds that can be used toward a Frisco PAC.
Odysseus encourages Frisco residents to express your support to the City Council to prioritize this measure and promptly explore the feasibility of the Frisco PAC, the potential for public-private partnerships, and other means to make this a reality.
Kudos to the Frisco Citizen Bond Committee for pursuing this measure, to Tammy Meinershagen for her tireless efforts in educating the public, to Wendi McGowan-Ellis of Lifestyle Frisco for her thorough article explaining the impact of this proposition and dispelling misconceptions advanced by the opponents, and to others contributing to its passage.
Odysseus and Conductor Jason Lim Reach American Prize Finals Again in 2015!
The American Prize is a national organization that conducts annual competitions in the performing arts in various categories including professional orchestras, community orchestras, college and university orchestras, conducting and composing, and other categories.
Following 3rd and 2nd place awards in 2013 and 2014, respectively, it was just announced on November 11 that Odysseus has been selected as one of the finalists in the professional orchestra category for 2015. Just two days later on November 13, the American Prize organization announced the finalists for conducting and Jason Lim is among the finalists for the professional orchestral conducting award for 2015. The final results will be made public in December.
You can read more about our previous awards here, and learn more about the American Prize competition here.
If you haven't been to a live performance by the orchestra, you've missed out on a great opportunity to hear an extremely talented group of young professional musicians performing traditional to more contemporary and cutting edge classical music for extremely affordable prices conveniently located right in Frisco and McKinney.
You can get a sample of what you've been missing by listening to videos from past performances here.
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Art Work Courtesy of Anne Royer (http://anneroyer.com)
The orchestra is grateful to Anne Royer for providing the exceptional art work that enhances our concert programs and promotional materials, as seen throughout our website.
Anne Royer's work focuses on color and composition, and encompasses a broad range of subject matter. She is most enthusiastic about music, the synergy between musicians and artists, and creating paintings live during music events. Anne is the Director of the Arts and Music Guild, and participates in the McKinney Art Studio Tour, the Art Club of McKinney, and the McKinney Creative Community. In McKinney, Anne's work is shown at Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery.
Anne earned a fine arts degree from Austin College and three Master's Degrees from Yale University: Religion and Visual Arts, East Asian Studies and the History of Art. She currently teaches art history at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, and at Collin College in the SAIL program. She teaches painting and drawing in her McKinney studio and at the McKinney Art House. She also contributes regularly to the Dallas Morning News, McKinney Magazine and other publications, and currently teaches and lectures at Collin College.