MW 1 – Stuart Malina opens his 20th season as HSO music director with a Suite for Orchestra by his son, Zev, and then performs as soloist and conductor in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26. After intermission, the technicolor orchestral showpiece inspired by The Arabian Nights, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
MW 2 – Stuart opens our November program with Prokofiev’s sparkling “Classical” Symphony, followed by a new concerto written especially for HSO Principal Trumpet, Phil Snedecor. After intermission, Stuart conducts Ravel’s Bolero, for 90 years one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, and then closes with La Mer, Debussy’s epic musical portrait of the sea.
MW 3 – In January we indulge in some interplanetary musical travel via Gustav Holst’s astrology-inspired orchestral suite, The Planets, accompanied by hi-def video, much of it containing NASA footage. On the first half, brilliant virtuoso pieces by Richard Strauss and Samuel Barber.
MW 4 – In February the HSO will present two concert performances of Porgy and Bess, the operatic masterpiece by America’s greatest songwriter, George Gershwin. Immortal songs like Summertime, I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’, and It Ain’t Necessarily So all started life here. Not to be missed!
MW 5 – While ultimately tragic in tone, the “Pathetique” Symphony underscores Tchaikovsky’s place as one of music’s greatest creators of melody. David DiGiacobbe, the HSO’s Principal Flute, performs a concerto by another master of melody, Kevin Puts.
MW 6 – April’s concert is all-Beethoven as HSO Concertmaster, Peter Sirotin, performs the majestic Violin Concerto and Stuart Malina conducts the 6th Symphony, Beethoven’s hymn to nature, affectionately known as the “Pastoral” Symphony.
MW 7 – To conclude the Orchestra’s 90th season and the Maestro’s 20th as music director, Stuart Malina conducts Rachmaninoff’s final orchestral masterpiece, his Symphonic Dances. On the first half, Brahms’s brilliant set of Variations on a Theme by Haydn and a symphony by HSO Composer-in-Residence, Jonathan Leshnoff.