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Our season opens with a richly exotic, song-filled work by Zoltán Kodály. Based on a Hungarian folk tune, its variations set a festive mood. That mood shifts in the second half with Tchaikovsky’s deeply emotional final symphony. The composer heard only its first, poorly received performance; but its second was a triumph, and this symphony remains one of his most celebrated and beloved.
JoAnne Falleta’s second appearance with SSV begins with a pair of short works by a noted early 20th century woman composer. David Amram’s concerto follows, featuring a pair of Symphony players: Concertmaster Robin Mayforth and Principal Cellist Evan Kahn. Partners celebrates three pairs of Amram’s musical friends – Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Lester Young and Billie Holiday, Machito Grillo and Celia Cruz – in three movements that reflect their distinctive styles. Symphonic Dances, with its irresistible rhythms, lush harmon.
CineConcerts is inviting fans back for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert. Relive the adventure of a curious plot afoot at Hogwarts™ and a new Gryffindor™ Keeper, soaring across the big screen in high-definition! Experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing the unforgettable score to the sixth film of the Harry Potter™ Series.
Celebrated throughout Europe, Maestro Pietro Rizzo comes from Italy to make his first appearance with SSV. Armenian-born pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, described by Musical America Magazine as a “major, major, major talent,” is especially renowned for Khachaturian’s fiery, expressive piano concerto, based in part on Armenian folk music. Brahms’s second (and favorite) symphony provides a dramatic contrast to close: a warm, richly textured, serenely happy work by the German master.
As the New Year begins, SSV presents a concert that is both visually and musically exciting. The Symphony will play John Corigliano’s musical score to accompany the eventful bio-pic of a legendary violin, following it from 17th century Italy to the present day. The Oscar and Grammy–winning score, widely praised by music critics (“classical elegance, gypsy passion”) will accompany the.
With this concert the Symphony joins the world-wide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Over three seasons, pianist Jon Nakamatu and the orchestra will perform all of Beethoven’s piano concertos. We begin with the Second, which the young virtuoso used as a display piece to make his way in Vienna. Schumann’s heartfelt Symphony No. 4 concludes, bridging the worlds of Beethoven and Brahms.
Following up his brilliant 2019 SSV debut, Maestro Tito Muñoz returns to conduct Mozart’s witty, inventive Haffner Symphony, followed by Lutoslawski’s showcase for every section of the orchestra. Brahms’s concerto for violin also highlights the orchestra while placing extraordinary demands on the soloist. With his “stunning silky tone, technical wizardry and immensely stylish playing,” Israeli-American violinist Giora Schmidt is fully their match.
Under Maestro Tatsuya Shimono, two powerful symphonies bring SSV’s season to a close. With just two movements, Schubert’s revolutionary Unfinished Symphony nonetheless feels complete… and astonishing. Vaughn Williams’s dramatic work integrates soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra into a majestic finale.
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