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Chamber Orchestra of the Springs season kick off, and a Philharmonic ensemble on the horizon 

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If you’ve felt an absence of art music in your life, good news! The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs is kicking off its new season with another installment of its popular Organ Spectacular concert series.

This edition, which is to be held Sunday, Sept. 10, will feature organists Eric Wicks, Joseph Galema and Deke Polifka performing works by some composers who aren’t quite the typical household names.

Unless, that is, you’re really into 19th-century French organ symphonies, in which case your household already sings the praises of composer Charles-Marie Widor. Widor’s stirring Third Symphony for Organ and Orchestra will be performed, along with works by 20th-century Italian violinist and composer Ottorino Respighi and 20th-century American composer Howard Hanson.

Actually, you might have heard those two composers without knowing it. Respighi’s orchestral tone poem Pines of Rome was featured in the Disney film Fantasia 2000, while excerpts from Hanson’s Second Symphony were used — without permission — in several scenes of the original 1979 Alien film.

For fans of even bigger ensemble work, there’s plenty of that on the horizon, as well. Sept. 16 and 17, acclaimed French pianist Lise de la Salle will be joining the Colorado Springs Philharmonic for a program consisting of works by Frédéric Chopin, Dmitri Shostakovich, and the seminal Russian composer Mikhail Glinka. Lise de la Salle, for her part, is an award-winning concert pianist, who first performed on Radio France at age 9.

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