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2023/2024 Programs

Welcome to our second BCMS concert season at the Hotel Leo. We are delighted to share a vast selection of music and artists with you this season. BLA BLA, something Better Here

BCMS Opening Concert:


September 24, 3:00pm 

Hotel Leo Crystal Ballroom

Join us for our opening concert where we’ll share the elegant works of French organist, Fernande Decruck, who could improvise symphonies on the organ and 19th century British composer, Samuel Coleridge Taylor who was a pioneer of African-American folk music. The centerpiece of the concert will be soprano Heather Dudenbostel, singing popular works by 1950s composer, Vernon Duke and Franz Schubert’s glorious work for soprano, clarinet and piano, “Shephard on a Rock”. 

Fernande Decruck (1896 – 1954)

Cappriccio & Pavane

Jennifer Weeks, oboe Erika Block, clarinet Pat Nelson, bassoon

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

The Shepherd on the Rock D. 965

Heather Dudenbostel, soprano Erika Block, clarinet BJ Block, piano

Vernon Duke (1903 – 1969)

selected songs – TBA

Heather Dudenbostel, soprano BJ Block, piano

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 – 1912)

Nonet in F minor Op. 2

I. Allegro energico

II. Andante con moto

III. Scherzo: Allegro

IV. Allegro vivace

Jennifer Weeks, oboe Erika Block, clarinet Michelle Rockwood, horn Pat Nelson, bassoon, Carolyn Canfield, violin Eric Kean, viola Eileen Brownell, cello double bass, and Kay Zavislak, piano

November 12, 3:00pm


Hotel Leo Crystal Ballroom

William Grant Still  (1895 – 1978)


Jennifer Weeks, oboe Pat Nelson, bassoon, Eli Schille-Hudson, guitar

Kevin Puts (1972- )

And Legions will Rise

Dawn Posey, violin Erika Block, clarinet marimba

Johannes Brahms (1833-1896)

String Sextet No. 2 in G Major Op. 36

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Scherzo-Allegro non tropo-Presto giocoso

III. Adagio

IV. Poco allegro

(Approx. 30 minutes)

Dawn Posey, Lenelle Morse, violin Eric Kean, Lisa Humphrey, viola  Sarah Rommel, Sam Sinai, cello

February 4th, 3:00pm


Hotel Leo Crystal Ballroom

Carl Nielsen (1797-1828)  

Serenata in vano CNW 691

I. Allegro non troppo ma brioso

II. Un poco adagio

III. Tempo di marcia

Erika Block, clarinet Pat Nelson, bassoon Michelle Rockwood, horn cello Spencer Hoveskeland, bass

(8 minutes)


Carolyn Canfield, violin Coral Marchant, cello Jennifer Weeks, oboe  Pat Nelson, bassoon

(11 minutes)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115

  I.  Allegro

  II.  Adagio

   III. Andantino

   IV. Con Moto

Carolyn Canfield, Lenelle Morse, violin  Eric Kean, viola  Sarah Rommel, cello  Erika Block, clarinet 

 (40 minutes)

Bathe in the beauty of lush sonorities and transporting melodies while you begin your journey with Alyssa Morris’ musical portraiture “Brush Strokes” based on Impressionist and Contemporary paintings. Then travel to Venezuala with Santaella’s  “A” for winds and strings which is both energetic and poetic which will prepare you for the main course, Brahm’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. Brahms came out of retirement to write this piece for clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld after hearing him play. The work features exquisite musical melodies, dark colors, bold singing lines and Hungarian folk idioms. 

The BCMS Signature cocktail for this show will be the Cupid Spritz.

Between Two Worlds 


March 11, 7:30pm 

The Blue Room 

Between Two World: Exploring the space between Classical and Jazz Music

BJ Block, guitar   Christian Casolary, drums Roger Yamishita, bass

Erika Block, clarinet   Jennifer Weeks, oboe   Pat Nelson, bassoon

What separates the languages of Classical and Jazz Music? In this special evening, we celebrate the similarities between these two great languages. The BJ Block trio joins rioT, for an incredible evening of jazz, classical and crossover music that celebrates our similarities and our differences.