Upcoming Performances

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.

WEBER Symphony No 1

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.

DVORAK Symphonic Variations
BRUCKNER Symphony No 4 in E-flat Major Romantic

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
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.

BEETHOVEN Leonora Overture No 3
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in a minor opus 54
SIBELIUS Symphony No 2 in D Major


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