Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra (2RCO)

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra
Now in its seventh season, the Eastern Panhandle’s very own professional chamber orchestra has received wide critical acclaim and performs staples of the classical chamber orchestra repertoire as well as new, beautiful and unusual works.


2012-2013 Season!
Jed Gaylin, Music Director

Stephen CzarkowskiGIFT OF FIRE

Saturday, November 16, 2013
8:00 PM

Frank Arts Center Theater

Featuring 2RCO’s principal cellist,
Stephen Czarkowski

Franz Joseph Haydn – Prelude to The Creation
Franz Joseph Haydn – Concerto No.1 in C Major for Cello and Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, Op. 55, Eroïca

Gift of Fire:  This program centers on the idea of creation.  The finale of Beethoven's electrifying Eroïca Symphony is based upon music from his ballet Creatures of Prometheus.  The whole Symphony explores the idea of sharing the fire, stolen from the gods, of humanism.  We open with Haydn's intensely expressionistic, colorful prelude to his Oratorio, which truly depicts the act of creation, just before the Big Bang. (Forgive the anachronism––this far-reaching work invites it.) In between is one of Haydn's most luminous and beautiful works of lyricism and pyrotechnics for the soloist, featuring 2RCO's incredibly gifted principal cellist, Stephen Czarkowski.

Natalie ConteLIFE CYCLES

Saturday, March 8, 2014
8:00 PM
Frank Arts Center Theater 

Featuring rising star soprano,
Natalie Conte

Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin
Samuel Barber – Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Richard Strauss – Select Songs

  • Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
  • Muttertändelei (Mother’s Dalliance)
  • Morgen! (Tomorrow)

Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 5 in Bb, D. 485

Life Cycles: This rich program features Samuel Barber’s masterpiece depicting American childhood, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, set on text by American novelist James Agee. Portraying the same era, Ravel’s most exquisite Tombeau de Couperin pays homage to friends lost in World War One. These two works act as the bookends of life. After intermission, romance and new life is in the air with intoxicating songs by Richard Strauss and Schubert’s delicious Fifth Symphony.  Rising star soprano Natalie Conte of Shepherd University joins us for this richly-hued program of shimmer and magic.

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra is composed of fine musicians from the Baltimore-Washington area, many of them talented members of the Shepherd University music department faculty. The orchestra’s exciting programming provides “something for everyone” on each concert, regardless of personal listening preference or prior exposure to classical music. Concerts feature selections from well-known classical orchestra repertoire, often an outstanding soloist, and at least one, usually lesser-known, newer composition of wide appeal.

Why is the 2RCO important to the community?

  • National studies are documenting how important the arts are to creating the very foundation that can convert a bedroom community into a robust destination point
  • Study after study across America points to the important role that the cultural arts play in creating healthy economic and social communities
  • Without its own orchestra, live orchestral music is only heard by residents willing to travel to larger cities
  • According to a national survey, for every $1 spent by audiences attending arts events, $2.31 is spent on hotels, restaurants, transportation, and other goods and services
  • Nationally, an average arts patron spends $22.87 in area restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, retail shops, gas stations, etc. for each event
  • In Mongalia County, WV, the average arts patron spends $39.81 in area restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, retail shops, gas stations, etc. for each event
  • The arts generate nearly $30 billion in revenue for local, state, and federal governments every year. The three levels of government collectively spend less than $4 billion annually to support them. This is a spectacular 7-to-1 return on investment that would thrill Wall Street

How can you help the 2RCO?

    • The more people that know about the 2RCO, the more opportunities we will have to share the world’s greatest music and add cultural value and enrichment to our communities
    • $1,000 donors are listed in all programs as a sponsor of a principal chair
    • Grants are a great resource for orchestra funding. To date, the 2RCO has operated with donated funds.
    • Each concert has an area business sponsor publically featured in the community. Encourage local business leaders to support the 2RCO by becoming a sponsor.

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra would not be possible without the generous support of people like you. To contribute to the orchestra or to sponsor and name a principal chair, click here. To purchase tickets, click here.


Jed Gaylin to Lead the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra

Jed Gaylin photo

With financial assistance from:

Listen to 2RCO

Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 8
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Performed by 2RCO Sept. 18, 2010

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Concerto in C, Op. 9, No. 5: Adagio non troppo
for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
Performed by 2RCO Sept. 18, 2010

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2RCO History

Read more about the history of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra.