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Revised 2020-2021 Matinee Series
The Matinee Series features three of the Signature Six programs on Saturday afternoons. These full orchestra concerts, led by Music Director Christopher Confessore, feature a variety of major classical works alongside world premieres, lighter selections, and world-class guest artists, all performed by the talented musicians of your Brevard Symphony Orchestra. All concerts in the Matinee Series are presented on Saturday afternoons at 2 pm at the King Center for the Performing Arts.
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OPENING NIGHT | Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2 pm
Francisco Vila, cello | Concert Sponsor: Wendy Brandon
BEETHOVEN | Egmont Overture
HAYDN | Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No. 7 in A Major
Our 67th season opener continues the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his Symphony No. 7, rumored to have been his favorite. Wagner considered it to be the epitome of dance and that no one, not even “the grandmother, the blind and the lame” could resist the impulse to dance upon hearing it. The symphony’s 2nd movement was considered by both Schubert and Wagner to be “the greatest piece of music ever written.” Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila will dazzle us with a performance of Haydn’s 1st cello concerto, a work that is both charming and virtuosic, with an utterly joyful conclusion. The evening begins with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, written in 1809 to accompany Goethe’s play of the same name.
THE BELLE OF BROADWAY | Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2 pm
Susan Egan, vocalist | Concert Sponsors: Nash & Kromash, LLP
Susan Egan is a Tony-nominated Broadway star and BSO favorite! She headlined on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret, and as Disney’s original ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast. Animation fans love her as ‘Meg’ in Hercules, ‘Lin’ in Spirited Away, “Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond” on Steven Universe and more. She’s appeared in countless films and TV shows and has headlined with more than 50 orchestras, including the: National Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. She is currently touring with Broadway Princess Party, a concert and company she created with Broadway peers Laura Osnes, Courtney Reed and Benjamin Rauhala.
FROM THE NEW WORLD | Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sirena Huang, violin
IVES | Variations on America
BRUCH | Violin Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK | Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Charles Ives wrote his Variations on America when he was just 17 years old, for the July 4th celebration in 1892 in Brewster, NY. It was originally written for the organ; he premiered it at the Methodist church where he was then employed as organist. He said at the time that playing it was “almost as much fun as playing baseball.” It was orchestrated by American composer William Schuman in 1962 and given its premiere by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Andre Kostelanetz. Max Bruch wrote three violin concertos, but only his 1st concerto is considered a standard part of the violin repertoire, along with his Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra. He is considered to be a conservative composer in spite of ignoring many of the “rules” of concerto writing, such as clear breaks between movements and long orchestral introductions before the solo instrument’s first entrance. From 1892-1895, Dvořák was Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He had hoped to learn about American music, including African-American and Native American music, which he firmly believed should be integral to the growth of American Music. In 1893 the New York Philharmonic commissioned a new symphony from Dvořák. His symphony “From the New World” was considered a triumph and, once published, quickly became known all over the world.
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The Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs its Signature and Matinee Series concerts in the 2,000 seat main theater of the King Center for the Performing Arts. For most BSO concerts, all of the Main Floor seating is utilized, as well as Rows AA-LL in the Grand Tier. However, for the 2020-2021 season, seating may be adjusted to accommodate social distancing guidelines.The King Center is located at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.