"Nah.. naah.. na na NAH!" - From the No-name song to all the musical highlights- another extraordinary Spring Concert that celebrated the theme of overcoming challenges and obstacles- Climb Every Mountain!! The Adam Ezra Group spent the week inspiring our orchestra students to do just that... and to learn how to improvise and play from their hearts. We want to express our profound thanks to all the benefactors and the following key people who supported the success of our concert and VIP Reception: Susan Kehoe, Karen Gray (Chaperones) Brenda Frongillo, Rachel Doolittle, Brenda Rivera & Family, (VIP Reception), Diego & Ximena Giraldo (Videos and Overall Support of the VIP Reception), Connie Lee (Photography), Roxy Zoffer, Jamie Dunson (Ticketing) and the countless other chaperones, ticket takers and other volunteers- and most of all I would like to thank my wife, Nicole Ballinger for being the quiet current that kept all the countless details and schedules moving to completion! Please feel free to post your comments on the event below! Thank you again for a fantastic and memorable concert event!!!
Thank you to everyone for an amazing Spring Concert!!
We greatly enjoyed this very unique performance- that combined a cinematic 1938 movie with orchestra music and our guest "Little Rascal" on our finale piece! If you have any video or photos to share with us please send to:
Thank you again and please feel free to post your comments on this blog!!
Are you ready for Universal Studios?!
Our upcoming trip to Orlando Florida with our chamber orchestra will take place shortly on January 24 and 25th 2015.
Rehearsal to prepare for the trip are as follows:
Tuesday, January 20 6:00 to 8:00 PM Oslo middle school orchestra room
Dear Mr. Ballinger,
Thank you for the wonderful experience you have given our daughter ------, during her tenure with the Oslo Middle School Orchestra. Her participation and training in the orchestra program was among the most positive and meaningful experiences for her, and for us, during her middle school years.
We deeply appreciate your dedication to the students and your ability to develop the students' musical skills to an exceptional level.
As parents, we strive to expose our children to positive role models and quality mentors. Your guidance and leadership have provided that example we seek for our daughter.
ROCHESTRA RETURNS with Bobby Yang and the Unrivaled Players! A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!
WATCH THE ENCORE PERFORMANCE OF KASHMIR HERE!
We had an A-mazing concert last night! If you were there.. congrats! Hope you had a smashing time with us! If not, you missed a VERY special evening of music from Star Wars, Holst, Tchaikovsky, the first premier of strings playing Radiohead and Soundgarden arranged by Bobby with our Orchestra! AND music from Bobby's own album: The Lost Cosmonaut! WOW! We're still reeling from the fantastic music!
Here are some comments/feedback:
"I closed my eyes several times.. and felt transported! This was a middle school orchestra... but they had a mature sound beyond their years! Way to go!"
"Bobby Yang rocked the house with the Oslo & Storm Grove orchestra last night! What an amazing way for ----- to celebrate her 3 years in the orchestra. Richard & Nicole, you have given these young adults an experience they will carry with them always!"
We welcome YOUR feedback on our blog: Please click here. And please don't forget to share your impressions with school personnel :-)!
A ton of thanks to our OPUS board for all their hard work! And to all our valued Benefactors! If you were a benefactor please share your FEEDBACK HERE.
And finally, thank you to our amazing photographer: Nicole Leiner for capturing all the special moments- from the VIP Reception to the very end including this special pic of Bobby! You rock!
PS - We Welcome your feedback to this post!!
Oslo Middle Chamber Ensemble performs for Haiti Partners Benefit Reception at Northern Trust! Friday, March 7, 2014
Many positive comments from the benefit's attendees were made. Among them was local Radio host Rhett Palmer who took the attached photo and complimented the talented group
for their performance! Visit our Student Page to see Live You Tube selections of their performance!
Many positive comments from the benefit's attendees were
made. Among them was local Radio host Rhett Palmer who took the
above photo and complimented the talented group for their
This was our first straight superior rating for BOTH ORCHESTRAS! Great performances by both groups! I'm very proud of the amazing performances they gave!
The Oslo Chamber Students performed a flash mob of their piece "Crusader" and then broke up into smaller ensemble performances for several art galleries at the First Friday Art Walk this past weekend! Thank you to Darby Fine Arts for hosting the Flash mob and organizing this performance! Also thank you to: Tigerlilly Studios, Gallery 14 and Lighthouse Art and Framing! We appreciate the support of these business owners for making this event possible! The students enjoyed performing for you and the community!
Way to go!
"This was an awesome concert, job well done!!"
"Last night’s concert was great! Congratulations to you, Mr. Ballinger, for putting together a wonderful show."
The emails and messages are pouring in from parents and attendees of Wednesday night's concert "00" Orchestra! Thank you for a very memorable concert! We and the students greatly enjoyed performing for you! We would also like extend a community thank you to local vocalist: Amanda Giordano for her soul stirring performance of "Skyfall"! As well as our guest Villian, 'Goldstringer' played by Josiah Moorhouse!
WATCH OUR PERFORMANCE OF SKYFALL WITH AMANDA GIORDANO!
Please spread the word as we start our major fundraising efforts for our next encore Spring performance in May 2014 with returning guest rock violin artist- Bobby Yang! We will be posting our concert page "Rochestra Returns!" soon. For now please check out the following Benefactor Packages letter to see how you and local community sponsors can be part of the next amazing concert experience!!!
Thanks again for your support!
Yes, that's right?!? We have an exclusively designed webpage just for you-- our students!!!
You'll find your own CURRENT EVENTS .. and a link to our YouTube channel (yes we have a YouTube channel- where have you been?!?!) and new forms section for our upcoming Solo & Ensemble on November 15th!
Let us know what you think of the new page and if you have suggestions for improvement.