Orchestral Fireworks

Sunday September 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano
Originally performed on March 1 & 2, 2019

Barber earned a Pulitzer Prize for his Piano Concerto, performed here by Inon Barnatan, whom The New York Times has called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation.” The optimistic Barber pairs beautifully with the Russian romanticism of Rachmaninoff’s beloved Symphonic Dances, all under the baton of the esteemed James Gaffigan.

Music:

DVORÁK: The Midday Witch
STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
SUK: Scherzo fantastique
JANÁCEK: Sinfonietta


One City: Beethoven 9

Sunday January 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Angel Blue, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
Members of the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir, William H. Caldwell, resident conductor
Originally performed on November 9 & 10, 2018

Ode to Joy! We come together in celebration of Beethoven's dream of shared humanity with his epic Symphony No. 9. Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Bailey Holland shapes the journey with a world premiere commission.

Music:

JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: World Premiere
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, Choral


Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Sunday January 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm:

Richard Egarr, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Randolph Bowman, flute
Originally performed on January 11 & 12, 2019

Immerse yourself in Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with its musical pictures of birds in the spring, summer storms, autumn harvests and warm fires in winter. Richard Egarr conducts from the keyboard this program of Baroque jewels, opening with two masterpieces by Bach.

Music:

BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4
BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons