CONCERT #2: Anthea Kreston, violin
Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Albany
Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 4:00 p.m. – Ashbrook Independent School
Hector BERLIOZ, Roman Carnival Overture
Camille SAINT-SAENS, Violin Concerto No. 3 in b minor, opus 61
ANTHEA KRESTON, violin
Antonin DVORAK, Symphony No. 8 in G Major, opus 88
Anthea Keston, violin, performs Saint Saens Violin Concerto No. 3. A dramatic showpiece for violin, the concerto is full of elegance, brilliance, and melodiousness. The wonderfully invigorating “Roman Carnival Overture” by Berlioz opens the concert. The concert closes with Dvorak’s beautiful and intricate Symphony No. 8.
CONCERT #3: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m, – First United Methodist Church, Albany
Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. – Ashbrook Independent School
Charles GOUNOD, Petite Symphonie for Winds
J. S. BACH, Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Featuring: Sue Gillespie & Marvel Vigil, Flutes and Sandy Byers, Violin
Carl Maria von WEBER, Symphony No. 1 in C Major, opus 19, J. 50
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 features Sandy Byers, violin and Sue Gillespie and Marvel Vigil, flutes as soloists. The Brandenburg Concerti are considered masterpieces noted for the vigor and vitality of the writing and the fascinating interplay of the individual voices. The concert opens with Gounod’s Petite Symphony for Winds. Weber’s Symphony No. 1, a delightful work of a melodic nature, completes this program of works for chamber orchestra.
CONCERT #4: All-Orchestra
Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Albany
Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. – Ashbrook Independent School
Antonin DVORAK, Symphonic Variations, opus 78
Anton BRUCKNER. Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major “Romantic” (1880 – Haas)
Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, subtitled “Romantic”, in its original version evoked images of medieval knights, castles, damsels, and hunting. The 1880 version of this impressive symphony is the major work on the concert. Dvorák’s “Symphonic Variations”, a magnificent set of variations for symphonic orchestra, opens this program.
CONCERT #5: Victor Steinhardt, piano
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Albany
Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. – Ashbrook Independent School
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN. Leonore Overture No. 3, opus 72b
Robert SCHUMANN, Piano Concerto in a minor, opus 54
VICTOR STEINHARDT, piano
Jean SIBELIUS, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, opus 43
Victor Steinhardt, piano, performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a minor. Possessing a quasi-symphonic character, Schumann’s concerto is a work of great structural integrity and thematic connection. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 anchors the second half of the program. The musical materials and orchestral sonority of this work evoke the cold, massive, unmistakable Nordic sound that has come to be associated with Sibelius.