Stunning Strings with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra
When: Oct. 17, 2020
Concert times: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cheyenne Civic Center,510 W. 20th Street
Sponsored by First Interstate Bank and Black Hills Energy
Compositions that will be performed:
Price- Five Folksongs in Counterpoint
Debussy Danses Sacree et Profane, Featuring CSO’s principal harpist, Tonya Jilling
Walker “Lyric for Strings”
Grieg Holberg Suite
Ticket info: To purchase physical seats or a livestream ticket for this concert, or any upcoming CSO concert, go to
Formerly known as Tuna Fish and Peanut Butter, will be live-streamed only. It will be on the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page and via the Laramie County Library’s Zoom. I’ve included the link below if you are interested. We will also make the video available on our website.
Topic: Classic Conversations
Time: Oct 16, 12:00 P.M.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87577143253?
Meeting ID: 875 7714 3253
By Karen Cotton, editor of Sweet of Cotton Candy
The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra is back and the first concerts of the season take place this weekend.
You can hear their Stunning Strings concerts on Oct. 17 at a matinee show at 2 p.m. and and evening show time at 7:30 p.m. at the Cheyenne Civic Center. The concert features the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s harpist, Tonya Jilling. Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator, took time out of his very busy schedule to answer questions over e-mail.
Q: Can you please tell me about the selection process of the songs that were chosen for the strings concert?
Intriligator: “We reprogrammed the entire season once Covid-19 hit, so as to have smaller orchestras that would fit on stage, with social distancing. I have always loved the repertoire for string orchestra, and I know that a program of only winds, brass and percussion, (our November concert), would raise the roof and be extremely well-received, too. So, we decided, since we had to have fewer musicians on stage anyway, to feature only the string, including harp.
“Several great pieces for strings came to mind right away: Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite among them. I’ve wanted to program this beautiful piece here for years. In addition, with the growing awareness of racial injustice in this country, I wanted to feature music by African-American composers. Walker’s ‘Lyric for Strings’ is a gorgeous piece, and our Concertmaster Stacy recommended I look into the music of Florence Price.
“In addition, we knew we couldn’t fly guest artists to Wyoming so we needed to keep the first several concerts of the season with local soloists. I’ve wanted to feature Tonya Jilling, our harpist, for years. Folks love the harp. So, the Debussy was a great fit.”
Q: How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra?
Intriligator: “We are still performing and bringing great music to this community. We are grateful to the Board for their leadership, to the staff for the amazing hard work in preparing the orchestra to perform again during the pandemic, and to the community for their ongoing support. It has been hardest for our players who have lost a significant amount of income, as well as missing doing what they love performing great music together.”
Q: How is the CSO overcoming the financial loss that occurred and being able to put on performances now?
Intriligator: “We are adding a second performance, a Saturday matinee, to allow for more ticket sales (since the audience capacity is highly limited with social distancing) and also adding a livestream option for the evening concert.”
Q:How can members who love the symphony be able to help the symphony out financially ? Is there a place to donate to?a link or?
Intriligator: “I believe there is a link on our website www.cheyennesymphony.org Thank you for asking.”
Q: Will the symphony be having its ball this fall?
Intriligator: “Our Symphony Gala has been postponed to March 13th, 2021.”
Q: How is the CSO keeping members of the audience safe from the virus as well as orchestra members?
Intriligator: “Socially distanced in the hall, masks, traffic flow, designated entry doors, no intermission (shorter concerts), hand sanitizer stations, etc. etc.”
Q: Can you talk a little bit about upcoming performances on the season?
Intriligator: “The next program will feature winds, brass, and percussion. The Holiday concert will feature the orchestra and a trumpet soloist, Justin Bartels, from the Colorado Symphony.”
Q: Can you also mention about Classic Conversation?
Intriligator: “Classic Conversation will take place Friday at noon before the concerts. I think this will be via our Facebook page, not in person.”
Q: “And I also noticed the CSO is highlighting different members of the orchestra on Facebook through concerts at home. Why is the Symphony doing this and how can we all watch and when is the next one of these programs?”
Intriligator: “Our Virtual Virtuoso program has been going great. It’s been a great way to get to know our players better, and to provide them with some income. It happens, every other Tuesday on our Facebook page at 7 pm. Older episodes of it are still on our Facebook page.”
Q: Can you talk about why Raiders of the Lost Ark concert was postponed (I think it has to do with the number of members of the orchestra that are allowed on stage) and why people should keep their tickets until next year … etc.
Intriligator: “Due to the pandemic, we couldn’t fit the Raiders size orchestra (which is huge) on stage, and we really need to be able to sell a full house of audience to make that event work financially, so we put it off to June 2021 in the hopes that we can sell all 1500 audience seats.”
Q: And also how it is important that people support their local symphony 🙂
Intriligator: “The Cheyenne community has been amazing in their support of the orchestra. During these difficult times, it is important to remember that a great CSO concert will bring us together in a safe way and will really move people, feed the soul, and heal us.”