HAYDN AND BRAHMS
Saturday, September 5, 2015 – 8 pm
Sunday, September 6, 2015 – 2 pm
Maestro Kulenovic continues our odyssey through early symphonies, conducting Haydn’s Symphony No. 2 from the harpsichord in eighteenth century style. The pastoral mood of Brahms’ Second Symphony will regale us with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature, and the highly lyrical Violin Concerto No. 3 of Saint-Saëns, played by Angelo Yu, will act as the perfect counterpart in these opening performances of the season.
ACHÚCARRO PLAYS GRIEG
Enter the world of breathtaking drama with Haydn’s The Representation of Chaos from his oratorio The Creation. World renowned pianist Joaquín Achúcarro’s rendition of the Grieg Piano Concerto will uplift the heart and spirit, while Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 7 brings us to the heights of triumph.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 – 8 pm
Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 2 pm
Vladimir Kulenovic conductor
Netanel Draiblate violin
Wagner Prelude to Act III from Tristan & Isolde
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Brahms Concerto for Violin
The tragic overtones of Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde will be joyfully relieved by the optimism of Beethoven’s lighter, bravado-inspired Symphony No. 8. Emotions will be stirred with the immortal and virtuosic expressions of Brahms’ Violin Concerto played by newly appointed concertmaster Netanel Draiblate.
Passion, lyricism and pathos all join together in the remarkable Symphony No. 40 by Mozart, the “miracle that God let be born in Salzburg.” Life and death coexist in the highly expressive and mysterious Valse Triste by Sibelius, and this season’s young soloist Catherine Winters performs the Nielsen flute concerto.
Explore the hidden link between Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Bizet’s passionate opera Carmen in this spectacular season finale. These infamous melodies are contrasted against the innovative style and technique of composer-inresidence Jim Stephenson’s Trumpet Concerto No. 2, performed by Rex Richardson.