Crossroads Ogden – Program Description & Words About the Composer
Crossroads Ogden, World Premiere November 2, 2019, 7:00 PM
at Ogden’s Historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater
Crossroads Ogden is an historic event for OFOAM and for Ogden at the culmination of a year-long calendar of events marking the sesquicentennial of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. OFOAM commissioned noted modern American composer, Jens Kruger, to compose an original work about Ogden’s history as a railroad town as part of the Spike 150 Celebration. Kruger has composed many works for The Kruger Brothers with string quartet, chamber orchestra or symphony, four of which were written to evoke a specific sense of place (Roan Mountain Suite, 2017; Lucid Dreamer, 2015- commissioned by Chamber Music America; Spirit of the Rockies, 2013 -commissioned by The Banff Center; and Appalachian Concerto, 2010) and Crossroads Ogden will be no exception. This work will bring artists together in creative and collaborative ways, providing Ogden and Weber County with a new and innovative work evoking the rich culture and history of Ogden. OFOAM is partnering with Chamber Orchestra Ogden, conducted by Michael Palumbo and Imagine Ballet Theatre, with original choreography by Raymond Van Mason, for this groundbreaking world premiere event. At the completion, Ogden will have a symphonic piece that is its own.