The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra presented its annual Family Concert on March 28, 2021 in a virtual format. After Music Director Orlando Cela presented “The Instruments of the Orchestra”, the concert featured Pasquale Tassone’s “How Bear Lost His Tail”, a musical storybook based on a Native American folktale, with illustrations by artist Abby Cali and narration by Jeff O’Neil. Other recorded works featured cello soloist and Young Artist Competition winner Haley Kwoun playing Saint-Saens’ “Allegro Appassionato” Op.43, and “Estampas Mexicanas” by José Elizondo, with an explanation from the composer himself on how he writes his music. This program was supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The "Nimrod" Project
In the midst of the pandemic, in order to maintain their "chops," Maestro Cela proposed that the Orchestra make a collaborative video of a well-known piece and here it is.
“Nimrod” is the ninth variation of Elgar’s “Enigma Variation,” and it refers to Augustus Jaeger, a music publisher in London. There was a point in time when Elgar was very depressed, and about to give up writing music, but Jaeger encouraged him to continue composing. Today, the Arlington Phil performs this work as a way of saying that, no matter how difficult the times, we will continue making music.
Orchestra members were asked to play their own part. Those who were able to submit recordings were given certain parameters, then the videos were edited together, and the sound mixed to account for the different recording levels. All the playing in the video is done by the shown players.”