FESTIVAL SEASON OPENING
What, no guest artist? Actually, the whole orchestra is the soloist in this sparkling musical jamboree opening the 2018-19 season. From Bernstein to Respighi, the music is lush, powerful, celebratory and grand. Prepare to be lifted right out of your seat!
Bernstein Overture to Candide
Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Berlioz Roman Carnival
Respighi Roman Festivals
Normally they’re at the back of the ensemble lending color and weight, but this time we’re putting the marimba and tuba in the spotlight. You’ll be amazed by Matt and Clinton, two of our talented musicians, as they showcase their instruments from high to low end! Nearly everyone gets a solo during Scheherazade—including violin, clarinet, oboe and horn to name a few.
Kevin Puts Marimba Concerto
Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto
Forgotten for more than 200 years, Vivaldi’s joyous and sunny Gloria has become his most beloved choral work. Italian pianist Alessio Bax performs the equally elegant Mozart concerto, known for its use in the movie Elvira Madigan as well as Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue.” The entire ensemble—Bax, chorus and orchestra—come together for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, the magnificent precursor to the Ninth Symphony.
Mozart Piano Concerto no.21
Beethoven Fantasia, Piano Chorus & Orchestra, op. 80 (Choral Fantasy)
SHARON ISBIN & BEETHOVEN’S 7TH
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple Grammy winner Sharon Isbin has been called “the Monet of the classical guitar” (Atlanta Journal). Wagner dubbed Beethoven’s 7th Symphony “the apotheosis of the Dance… in its highest aspect,” and the self-deprecating Beethoven himself spoke of it as “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”
Copland Three Latin American Sketches
Rodrigo Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Vivaldi Guitar Concerto in D major
Beethoven Symphony no.7
With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, Moscow-born pianist Natasha Paremski reveals astounding virtuosity and interpretive abilities. Her rendering of the ultra-Romantic Chopin concerto will take your breath away. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, written during the height of the artistic repression of Stalinist Russia, is a gripping work whose emotions span the gamut from sorrow to anger to triumph.
Chopin Piano Concerto no.2
Shostakovich Symphony no.5