FROM MUSIC DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN:
We are bringing back two sensational soloists from recent seasons; the Russian cellist SERGEY ANTONOV who this time will play music by his great compatriot Tchaikovsky; and the violinist CHEE-YUN who will perform the sultry, atmospheric music of the Argentinian “Tango King,” Astor Piazzolla. The orchestra will also bring back some of the most beloved symphonic music written thus far: symphonies by Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninov. So what is new this season? Quite a lot:
• An internationally acclaimed guitarist from Paraguay, BERTA ROJAS, playing the most famed concerto for that instrument, Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo.
• The premiere performance of PDQ Bach’s (a.ka. PETER SCHICKELE, whose musical education stems from Fargo) new Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra! This piece promises to feature his signature humor and musical prowess.
• Two sizzling orchestral works by Eastern Europeans; Georges Enescu (Romanian) and Zoltan Kodaly (Hungarian).
• Last, and certainly far from least, the orchestra’s first performance of Stravinsky’s incomparable Rite of Spring, a piece which took the musical world by storm more than a hundred years ago, and yet still to this day leaves the listener reeling.
I encourage you not to miss out on any of these concerts. There’s not only “something for everyone,” there’s “everything for everyone.”
MASTERWORKS I - September 24 & 25
THE GREAT ROMANTICS
featuring a return performance by cellist Sergey Antonov
Georges Enescu Rumanian Rhapsody No. I
P.I. Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations - featuring cellist Sergey Antonov
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
MASTERWORKS II - November 12 & 13
GUITAR AND ORCHESTRA
featuring classical guitarist Berta Rojas
Gioacchino Rossini "William Tell" Overture
Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez - featuring classical guitarist Berta Rojas
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1
MASTERWORKS III - January 28 & 29
THE INTIMATE ORCHESTRA: Mozart, Copland & Tangos
featuring a chamber-sized orchestra and a return performance by violinist Chee-Yun
Aaron Copland Music for the Theatre
Astor Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - featuring violinist Chee-Yun
W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 40
MASTERWORKS IV - March 18 & 19
PETER SCHICKELE PREMIERE!
featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel and composer/narrator Peter Schieckele (confirmation pending for Mr. Schickele's appearance)
Edvard Grieg Norwegian Dance No. I - a side-by-side performance with FM Senior High Youth Symphony
Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals - featuring Peter Schickele's own accompanying narration
TBA Performance by winner of the 2017 Thoreson Steffes Young Artist Solo Competition
P.D.Q. Bach Concerto for Very Grand Piano and Orchestra! - featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel
(aka Peter Schickele)
MASTERWORKS V - April 22 & 23
THE RITE OF SPRING
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
Zoltan Kodaly Dances of the Galanta
Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring