New Millennium Chamber Orchestra

from Bach to the Beatles and beyond...
James Richard Frieman, Music Director

2014 concerts

 Suite Spring,
 Sweet Summer!       
  • Award-winning violinist COLYN FISCHER leads the NMCO strings in Vivaldi's electrifying "Summer" from The Four Seasons

  • NMCO presents the PREMIERE of "Owed to Dmitri", a lively and humorous tribute to Shostakovich by NMCO principal second violinist Trevor Lloyd

  • Plus SUITES for orchestra by Britten, Respighi, Ravel and  Beethoven

Fri. May 30 at 7:30 pm in San Mateo
Transfiguration Episcopal Church
3900 Alameda de las Pulgas (at 39th Avenue), San Mateo

Note: New time!!
Sat. May 31 at 7:30 pm in Redwood City
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
178 Clinton Street (at Brewster, just west of El Camino), Redwood City

Suggested donation $15 single/$25 pair at the door, or email using the Contact Us page.

(Students 18 and under are always welcome with school ID)

If you missed any of our concerts in 2012 or 2013, read about it and view excerpts at our 
News & Events Page.

For more on our November and December 2013 concert listings, scroll down... 


The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2012 by James Richard Frieman and Dagmar Dolatschko.  During its first two years, NMCO presented a series of highly successful concerts, including several premieres by California composers.  The core of the Chamber Orchestra comprises 30 string, woodwind, and brass players, with additional musicians added for works requiring larger forces.


Audition Information

NMCO is always looking for talented orchestral players to join us.  We currently have openings for players on the following instruments for the 2014 season:  

  Oboe/English Horn 

Contact us today!  

You can email us at for more information.

December 2013 concert listing                                                    

In Terra Pax:
A Celebration of the Season!

featuring William O'Neill, bass-baritone

Friday, December 13th at 7:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
178 Clinton Street (at Brewster, just west of El Camino)
Redwood City, California 94062


The voices of Peninsula Cantare and the instrumentalists of
New Millennium Chamber Orchestra are joined by bass-baritone William O'Neill for a glorious evening of classical music to ring in the
holiday season!
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams' beloved Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus and orchestra

  • The festive sounds of Bizet's "L'Arlesienne" orchestral Suite!

  • In Terra Pax: A Christmas scene for baritone, soprano, chorus, strings and harp by British composer Gerald Finzi!

  • Bach's joyous opening chorus from Part IV of the Christmas Oratorio, with horns, oboes and strings!

  • The Renaissance sounds of Courtly Dances from Britten's "Gloriana", an opera about Elizabeth I!

November 2013 concert listing                                                    

"Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians: appear and inspire!"
   -  W.H. Auden, Hymn to St. Cecilia (a birthday gift to Benjamin Britten)

James Richard Frieman conducts

Appear and Inspire: 
A Britten 100th Birthday Celebration!

New Millennium Chamber Orchestra joins with Peninsula Cantare in celebrating the 100th birthday of Sir Benjamin Britten on St. Cecilia's Day, Nov. 22! 

Friday, November 22, 2013  7:30 PM
Trinity Presbyterian Church, San Carlos
1106 Alameda de las Pulgas (at Brittan Avenue)

Now in its 43d season, Peninsula Cantare joins with NMCO, the Peninsula's newest orchestra, to present a birthday tribute to one of the 20th century's greatest composers, Sir Benjamin Britten.  His birthday happily coincides with the name-day of the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia.

To honor this brilliant composer, we present a sparkling program of choral and orchestral music sure to delight and inspire the listener!

Our program features:
  • Britten's glowing a cappella setting of W.H. Auden's poem "Hymn to St. Cecilia", written as a birthday present to the composer by his friend and mentor 
  • The electrifying Festival Te Deum of Britten, for organ, chorus and solo soprano 
  • Henry Purcell's "Hail, Bright Cecilia!" - the final grand chorus from the Ode on St. Cecilia's Day - and the famous Rondeau from "Abdelazer" that Britten used as the theme to his "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"   
  • Music from George Bizet's haunting "L'Arlesienne"
    Suite No. 1
  • Courage, a new fanfare for orchestra by California composer Adrienne Albert
  • Rossini's rollicking overture to the opera
    "La Cenerentola" ("Cinderella")
  • Mozart's exquisite early settings of two Latin texts, Dixit Dominus and Sancta Maria Mater Dei for chorus and orchestra

Come celebrate Britten and his influences, and honor the patron saint of Music on her special day!

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