Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra
The mission of the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra is to entertain and educate community audiences by providing high quality musical performances consisting of well-known but now infrequently performed works, or new musical works developed collaboratively with regional musicians.
The orchestra generally performs four to five concerts each season. Unlike most orchestras RCCLO's concerts are nearly all offered free to the public, there is no season ticket to purchase. We offer one special fundraising concert each year to help offset our expenses. Even the cost of a ticket to one of the RCCLO's fundraising concerts is a service to the community as we provide unique performances with world class guest artists at which would easily cost four times as much if offered in a city such as San Francisco or Los Angeles. An example of this was the RCCLO's original hit show "Poperetta" - a sell out in January 2018. The show, written by RCCLO's conductor Pete Nowlen and the Bay Area's J. Conrad Frank, was modeled after Frank's cabaret style performances in San Francisco.
The music featured at our concerts is varied and includes classical repertoire from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Dvorak; pops music from American cinema; and modern and jazz American composers such as George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington.
We typically perform in unique locations such as the California State Railroad Museum, The Air and Space Museum, or at the Koreana International Marketplace. We perform many of our concerts now in the state of the art, beautifully designed Performing Arts Theater located at Cordova High School.
The RCCLO doesn't ever perform just a concert. We want our concerts to feel personal and accessible to our audience. All of our performances include multimedia presentations which expand the experience for the audience. We've even commissioned a piano concerto, which was composed for the RCCLO in honor and memory of a local pianist and teacher in Gold River. The composer Derek Sup, also from this area, performed the multimedia concerto twice with the RCCLO to high praise. In October 2017 we featured largely unknown works by acclaimed composer Ferde Grofe, compiling a California Suite comprised of movements from many of the suites Grofe created in honor of various locations throughout the state. A highlight of this performance was the presence of Ferde Grofe, Jr. who spoke to the audience about his father's life and musical works.
The RCCLO supports the community by forming small chamber ensembles, which perform in support of events, in Rancho Cordova and the Sacramento region. These performances are generally offered free of charge. Our small ensembles consist of a string quartet, wind quintet, a large string ensemble, harpist, a horn quartet, a Baroque trio, as well as two additional ensembles, which include a pianist.
The small ensembles have performed at the California State Capitol, the Rancho Cordova City Monthly Luncheons, the new Mills Station Arts and Cultural Center in Rancho Cordova, the quarterly Rancho Cordova Artist Receptions at City Hall, River City Christian Dance Recitals, River City Christian Christmas Mall, and the Holiday Artist Pop Up Gallery in Rancho Cordova. In March one of our ensembles will perform for the convention for the California Council of the Blind in Rancho Cordova. The ensembles have also performed at private events for birthday and holiday celebrations.
As part of our community support and outreach program the RCCLO has begun a new program called "Playing With a Purpose". This program will commence with our two concerts slated for October 13, 2018 and December 7, 2018. At the fall and holiday concerts the RCCLO will be collecting donations and supplies to assist the Cordova Community Food Locker in feeding those who are in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday season. Both of those concerts are free concerts offered to the public.
Please join us in continuing to provide these essential services to our community. Your generous support in any amount will help us to make a difference through music.