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
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Guest conductor Teresa Cheung returns to lead a cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, in a program of seasonal favorites—from classics to beloved carols—that will warm your heart like chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic!
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)
Lisa Vroman and Doug LeBrecque, two dynamic Broadway artists join your WMS for an extraordinary evening of classic songs from Broadway’s Golden Age and beyond. With unforgettable melodies and lyrics by Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Hamlisch, Lloyd Webber and more, these incredible vocal talents will make this a night to remember.
DISNEY IN CONCERT: AROUND THE WORLD
Experience the magical music of Disney live with original classics from the movies we love. Songs from The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Lion King will delight the entire family.
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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