the Lowell Chamber Orchestra

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra is the city of Lowell’s first and only professional orchestra. The orchestra provides the area with an ensemble that presents music at a very high level, of all styles and time periods, to the general population. Lowell is a gateway community, rich in cultural diversity but economically challenged in many respects, so access to high-quality arts is essential. The interactive nature of the performances is especially important for audiences that may not have enjoyed arts programming previously. The international and diverse nature of the orchestra members is reflective of the Lowell community itself.


The ensemble sometimes includes, along with its professional members, music students from local universities in order to provide them with an opportunity to gain experience and earn money. In the future, the concerts will be preceded by small introductions, given by students enrolled in local higher education institutions, about the pieces to be performed – this engages the students that might be taking such classes. Whenever possible, composers will be invited to speak about their own works. The performances in Lowell take place at Middlesex Community College, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and at other venues around the area. Some of these locations allow students to attend concerts without leaving their respective campuses, and allow the public in general to attend a concert at a proper performance space.

Orlando Cela is committed to engaging audiences with lively performances that open new worlds of experience. The Venezuelan-born conductor has received the American Prize for conducting and the Vytautas Marijosius Prize for orchestral programming. He also received second place in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for excellence in the performance of American music, and second place in the London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition for his performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies 7 and 8 in 2017. Guest appearances include performances with the London Classical Soloists (London, UK), Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Randolph College Chamber Orchestra and Chorus (VA), UMass-Dartmouth Choruses (MA), and others. He has been invited to conduct and lecture at Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival (UK), the Central Conservatory of Music, and Shanghai Normal University (China). Being an advocate of new music, Cela regularly offers short, lively introductions to selected works, providing audiences with entry points into unfamiliar works. He has conducted world premieres by Bernhard Lang, Renée Baker, and national and regional premieres by Kaija Saariaho, Armando Bayolo, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Andy Akiho, Alwynne Pritchard, and many others. Cela is the founder and Music Director of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra and serves as the Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the North Carolina Governor’s School. Besides teaching a number of music related courses at Middlesex Community College, he also teaches conducting at Berklee College of Music. photo: Kathy Hanafin Joyce

Mexican composer José Elizondo received degrees in Humanities, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Harvard University, he studied musical analysis, orchestration, and conducting. The recipient of the MIT’s Gregory Tucker Prize, Elizondo was a Burchard Scholar and a member of several performance ensembles.


Elizondo’s musical style is unapologetically tonal and lyrical, often using straight-forward dance forms and featuring elements of his Latin American heritage. Performers of his works include over 170 orchestras, as well as distinguished soloists like Yo-Yo Ma, Carlos Prieto, James Buswell, Carol Ou, Sam Ou, Benedict Klöckner, Guy Johnston, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Orlando Cela, and Şefika Kutluer. In addition to composing, Elizondo works as an engineer, focusing on speech recognition technology. You can hear his compositions on his YouTube channel: Nuestra Musica Latina


Orlando Cela and Elizondo have collaborated for the past two decades in numerous projects and Elizondo is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of this very special album.

The creative output of Anthony R. Green (composer, performer, social justice) includes musical and visual creations, interpretations of original and repertoire works, collaborations, educational outreach, and more. Behind all his artistic endeavors are the ideals of equality and freedom, which manifest themselves in diverse ways in a composition, a performance, a collaboration, or social justice artistic work. As a composer, his work has been presented in over 20 countries by such notable artists as pianists Lewis Warren and Eunmi Ko, violist Wendy Richman, the Playground Ensemble, Tenth Intervention, Transient Canvas, the Keuris Sax Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra, Ossia New Music Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and Castle of our Skins, to name a few. His work has been supported by multiple residencies worldwide, awards from ASCAP, the Argosy Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, the American Composers Forum (as a McKnight Visiting Composer), and more. As a performer specializing in piano, experimental voice, performance art,  and interdisciplinary improvisation, he has presented solo, ensemble, and collaborative projects at various venues in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, South Korea, and more. Green has studied composition with Theodore Antoniou, Lee Hyla, and Robert Cogan, and has had further mentorship with Jan Verwoert and Renée C. Baker.





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