Here are a few pictures of the Pelle Bleue Chamber Orchestra. We performed in the Rotunda of the Idaho State Capitol on January 11th on the Legislature’s Opening day. Members of the group are violinists Elizabeth Baldwin, Julianna Barrus, Abby Ricks, Allie Hunt, and Addie Dalling, violists Brendon Wheeler and Micah Maughan, cellists Cassidy Cureton and Grace Jenks, and bassist Richard Neiderer. Jennifer Barrus is the Director and Baylee Brokens is the Manager.
We performed “America the Beautiful, Bow Fiddle-y, Here We Have Idaho, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 – Mvt. I arrangement, Copland’s Hoedown and O Magnum Mysterium. We also made a recording ahead of time which was broadcast in the Senate Chambers for the Opening Ceremonies the same day.
The Opening Day of the Legislature is usually one of anticipation and joy but this Monday’s Opening Day of the Legislature was full of tension and anxiety. There were many Idaho State Troopers and Boise Police Officers in the building as well as people there to protest. Our performance brought a feeling of joy and calm to the State Capitol Building and was appreciated by those in the building. Our new Senator Doug Ricks publicly recognized the orchestra as we watched the proceedings from the gallery of Senate Chambers. It was a meaningful and educational experience for all the Pelle Bleue Chamber Orchestra!