The Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra presents the World Premiere of
EISENHOWER FAREWELL ADDRESS
for orchestra and orator by Jack Curtis Dubowsky, conducted by Josh
Cohen, orated by Scott Budman.
VENUE: Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501
Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546. (Cross Street is Heyer Avenue.)
TICKETS: Suggested Donation: Adults $ 10.00.
Students over 13 & Seniors $ 5.00. Children 12 and under are free
BOX OFFICE: Tickets are available at the door, or at the
Castro Valley Center for the Arts Box Office, open Thursdays and
Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00 PM and one hour before the start of every
CVUSD or CVAF production. Castro Valley Center for the Arts telephone
510-889-8961. Or call the Castro Valley Adult School Office
Sunday, October 5, 2008, the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra will
premiere a new, half-hour, major work by Jack Curtis Dubowsky,
conducted by Josh Cohen, and featuring NBC11 reporter Scott Budman as
orator. Eisenhower Farewell Address, like Aaron Copland’s Lincoln
Portrait, uses a speaker in conjunction with live orchestra. The
text is excerpted from one of the most renown Presidential speeches
in US history.
Dwight David Eisenhower, Five-Star General and Supreme Commander of
the Allied Forces in Europe, resigned his Army commission in order to
become thirty-fourth President of the United States. Eisenhower
served two terms as President, and delivered a televised Farewell
Address on January 17, 1961 from the Oval Office.
In his speech, Eisenhower warned the country of a growing danger he
called the “military industrial complex.” This was the first use of
the term to describe the iron triangle of the military, the
government, and the defense industry. The speech is remarkable for
its prescience and its relevance today. Although many feared the
“red menace,” Eisenhower was keenly aware that changes in society had
established a permanent arms industry at home, and he called for an
alert and responsible citizenry to be wary of it so as to ensure
worldwide security and liberty.
Eisenhower Farewell Address marks the second collaboration of this
composer and orchestra. The Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra, with the
Mount Eden Chorus, premiered Dubowsky’s Quaker Peace Testimony
December 19, 2007 at All Saints Church in Hayward.
The concert will be held at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts,
19501 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5
for students and seniors, and children 12 and under are admitted free
of charge. Also on the program is Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony #41.
SCOTT BUDMAN, ORATOR
NBC 11 Technology/Business Reporter and TechNow! Host
Born and raised in Oakland, Scott Budman has been with NBC11 since
1995 as a reporter and anchor for business and technology news. He is
also the co-founder of Tech Now!, currently in its fifth season.
Scott earned a degree in political science at UCLA. He began his
broadcasting career in radio as a business reporter for KMNY radio in
Anaheim. He then spent some time as a general assignment reporter and
business anchor/producer at the Orange County News Channel. Before
joining NBC11, Scott was a reporter and weekend anchor at KEYT in
Scott has won many awards including a national Iris Award for a
documentary about gays in the military. He also received Golden Mike
Awards from the Southern California Radio and Television News
In addition to his busy schedule at NBC11, Scott is a devoted
volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Clara County. He
also supports the Second Harvest Food Bank. During his down time,
Scott enjoys sports such as tennis and basketball. He also loves
reading and seeing his family. He lives with his wife and two daughters.
JOSH COHEN, CONDUCTOR
Maestro Josh Cohen has been involved with music in and around the San
Francisco Bay Area for many years as violinist, bassist,
concertmaster, conductor, board member, and impresario. At
California State University, Hayward (now East Bay), he studied
violin with Daniel Kobialka and Nate Rubin, and conducting with
Josh has performed with many groups around the region including the
Oakland East Bay Symphony, the California Symphony, Oakland Lyric
Opera, Holy Names Orchestra, Livermore Valley Opera, Livermore
Symphony, San Jose Lyric Theater, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Diablo
Valley Opera, Contra Costa Musical Theater, and plays occasionally
with the Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Josh has served on the
boards of the Oakland Lyric Opera, the California Symphony, and
ProMusica Alameda and has been involved in projects with the San
Francisco, Oakland (Oakland East Bay), California, and Berkeley
Along with his duties as founding Musical Director and Conductor of
the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra, Josh produces and performs
chamber music concerts, directs opera and musical theater
productions, and continues to perform on violin and bass. He has
performed with chamber groups and orchestras in the US, Canada,
England, Israel, and Australia.
When he has free time, Josh is a principal in Qibits Associates,
specializing in computer networking and security projects. Josh lives
in Alameda with his wife Genevieve, who is a flutist.
THE CASTRO VALLEY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra performs a range of music from
chamber orchestra works of the post-baroque period to full orchestral
pieces. The orchestra, under the artistic direction of Josh Cohen,
strives to be creative in programming, and to collaborate with local
musical groups and guest soloists.
JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY, COMPOSER
Jack Curtis Dubowsky is an active composer, conductor, writer, and
educator. Jack has composed three chamber operas and scored four
feature films, including That Man: Peter Berlin, Rock Haven, and
Under One Roof. Dubowsky’s choral music has been performed
internationally by groups including the San Francisco Choral Artists,
the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, and the Mount Eden Chorus.
His orchestral music has been performed by the Castro Valley Chamber
Orchestra. His chamber music has been performed by the Snopea Chamber
Ensemble, the Organic Sound Experiment, Collaborata, the Paradigm
Brass, and the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble. Jack has received
grants from Meet the Composer, Inc., the Zellerbach Family Fund, and
the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Jack has produced
recordings by The Winsome Griffles, Glen Meadmore, and the Virgin
Whore Complex. His award winning “Mr Jones” parody is a highlight of
the Momus album Stars Forever. Jack received his MM in Composition
from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studied at the
Aspen School. Jack studied conducting with Sonja Neblett, and
composition with David Conte, Conrad Susa, Elinor Armer, and Michael
Czajkowski. He writes for Film International and teaches at Film
Arts Foundation and NYU. His albums are available on Movie Score
Media, CDBaby, Rhapsody, and iTunes. Films he has scored are
available on Netflix.