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2020-2021 Revised Signature Six Series
The Signature Six Series is the flagship series of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. The concerts in this series are full-orchestra programs, led by Music Director Christopher Confessore. These diverse programs 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. These concerts take place in the King Center for the Performing Arts, located at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.
With some modifications, the concerts in our original 2020-2021 Signature Six Series have been rescheduled and condensed into the first four months of 2021.
We intend to still be offering matinee options for three of the six concerts. Working closely with our partners at the King Center, we are optimistic that these concerts will go on as planned, although this could still change. We anticipate that, if and when these concerts take place, that social distancing of both musicians and audience members may be in effect, along with requiring face masks.
As the date of each concert approaches, we will re-evaluate these procedures and make necessary adjustments, in consultation with the King Center. Any changes will be communicated with our patrons. Scroll down for information on each program and to become a new Brevard Symphony Orchestra subscriber and SAVE 50% off of single ticket prices. King Center floor plan is also shown below.
PROGRAM 1 – OPENING NIGHT: BEETHOVEN CELEBRATION | Saturday, January 23, 2021 | 7:30 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.
PROGRAM 2 – THE BELLE OF BROADWAY | Saturday, February 6, 2021 | 7:30 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.
PROGRAM 3 – HEROIC BEETHOVEN | Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Scott Watkins, piano | Concert Sponsors: Dr. Richard Weber & Family
An All-Beethoven Program:
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major “Eroica”
“Eroica” was originally dedicated to Napoleon, but after Napoleon declared himself emperor in 1804, Beethoven changed his mind and gave it its current title. At first, “Eroica” confused the public. It was twice as long as a Mozart symphony, and musicians felt it was too difficult, but after several years, people began to realize how truly ground-breaking “Eroica” was, solidifying its position as the true connection between Classical and Romantic eras. Beethoven wrote his 4th piano concerto in 1806, but it was relatively unknown until Mendelssohn began performing it regularly in 1836. Often eclipsed by the grander “Emperor” concerto, the G Major was cutting-edge in its own way and continues to be a staple in the piano concerto repertoire today.
PROGRAM 4 – FROM THE NEW WORLD | Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm*
Sirena Huang, violin
IVES | Variations on America
BRUCH | Violin Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK | Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Antonin Dvořák was Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City from 1892-1895. While there, he explored African American and Native American music. In 1893, the New York Philharmonic commissioned a symphony from Dvořák, resulting in “From the New World.” It was considered a triumph and, once published, quickly became known world-wide. Max Bruch wrote three violin concertos, but only his 1st is considered to be standard in the violin repertoire. Charles Ives wrote his Variations on America, when he was just 17 years old. Originally for organ (Ives was employed as an organist), it was written for the 1892 Brewster, NY July 4 celebration. Ives said, at the time, that playing it was “almost as much fun as playing baseball.” The work was orchestrated by American composer William Schuman in 1962.
PROGRAM 5 – EPIC TCHAIKOVSKY | Saturday, March 27, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Julian Rhee, violin
WHITACRE | Lux Aurumque
MOZART | Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major
TCHAIKOVSKY | Symphony No. 6 in B Minor “Pathetique”
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 is considered by many to be his greatest symphony and, possibly, his greatest work. Regardless of what others thought, Tchaikovsky considered it “the best thing I ever composed or shall compose.” Its premiere occurred just nine days before his sudden death, leading some to speculate that the symphony was his suicide note. This has largely been discredited by the ample evidence of Tchaikovsky’s joy over this symphony and his comment that, to him, it represented the “ultimate essence of life.” Originally an a capella choral work set to a poem by Edward Esch, Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) is characterized by close harmonies and elegant simplicity. Mozart wrote five violin concertos in 1775 when he was just 19 years old. In the 5th concerto, he experimented with fluctuating tempos, changing meters, and unexpected modulations, producing a refined and elegant work. Violinist Julian Rhee is the 2020 winner of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition.
PROGRAM 6 – SEASON FINALE | April 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Terrence Wilson, piano | Concert Sponsor: BSO South Guild
VERDI | Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio Overture
GRIEG | Piano Concerto in A minor
FRANCK | Symphony in D minor
Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio, Verdi’s first opera, premiered at La Scala in 1839. Its overture features all of the hallmarks of Verdi’s mature style – a dramatic opening, beautiful lyric melodies, and a thrilling ending. Edvard Grieg was eager to establish himself as an important composer from a young age. He was just 25 when he composed his only piano concerto, a work of tremendous power and drama. Grieg accomplished his goal and his piano concerto is still one of the most well-known and performed concertos today, over 150 years later. Franck’s Symphony in D minor has been a favorite of concert-goers in the U.S. for more than 100 years. Its stirring melodies, colorful orchestration, and uplifting finale showcase the entire orchestra and serve as a fantastic conclusion to the BSO’s 67th season.
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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.