2019-2020 Signature Series Concerts

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Signature Series Concert 1 – Opening Night: The Planets

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 7:30 pm | King Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Concert Sponsor: Wendy Brandon
Holst Sponsor: Martha Sinclair in honor of Jack Sinclair

PROGRAM:
MASON BATES Mothership
JOHN WILLIAMS Close Encounters of the Third Kind (excerpts)
GUSTAV HOLST The Planets

The new season blasts off with Mothership by Grammy Award-winning composer Mason Bates. Excerpts from John Williams’ iconic score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind will leave us all asking: Are we alone in the universe? Gustav Holst’s astrologically-inspired masterpiece The Planets will “enable the mind to acquire some comprehension of the vastness of space.”


Signature Series Concert 2 – Visual Concertos

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 2 pm and 7:30 pm | King Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Concert Sponsor: Brevard Symphony Orchestra South Guild
Nicholas Bardonnay, photographer & multi-media artist

PROGRAM:
SCOTT MCALLISTER In Praise of Joe (world premiere in honor of Joe Kreines)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis with Sagaland by Westwater Arts
JEAN SIBELIUS Finlandia
GIOACHINO ROSSINI William Tell Overture
BEDŘICH SMETANA The Moldau and From Bohemia’s Woods & Fields from Má Vlast with Czech Journeys by Westwater Arts

Beautiful orchestral works of Vaughan Williams and Smetana will be enhanced by breathtaking imagery and photochoreography by Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts. Popular and familiar works by Sibeius and Rossini, along with a world premiere by Vero Beach composer Scott McAllister, complete the program.


Signature Series Concert 3 – A Sinatra Valentine

Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 2 pm and 7:30 pm | King Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Concert Sponsor: Nash and Kromash, LLP
Artist Sponsor: Berman Hopkins Wright & Laham CPA and Associates, LLP
Michael Andrew, vocalist

Michael Andrew, a former headliner at the famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City, is a frequent guest artists with orchestras all over the country. Michael will perform romantic songs made popular by Frank Sinatra.


Signature Series Concert 4 – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 7:30 pm | King Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Lisa Ferrigno, violin

PROGRAM:
ANTONIO SALIERI Symphony in D Major “Veniziana”
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 31 in D Major “Paris”
ANTONIO VIVALDI The Four Seasons

BSO Concertmaster Lisa Ferrigno will perform the solo violin part in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, his most well-known work. Symphonies by Salieri and Mozart, both in the key of D Major, complete this program.


Signature Series Concert 5 – Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 2 pm and 7:30 pm | King Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Concert Sponsors: Dr. Richard Weber & Family
Amy Porter, flute

PROGRAM:
MAURICE RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Trail of Tears for solo flute and orchestra
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastoral”

Beethoven depicted his love of nature in his 6th symphony, originally titled “Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life.” Daugherty’s Trail of Tears was written to honor the thousands of Cherokee who died when forced to walk from Georgia to Oklahoma. Ravel’s elegant and ethereal Pavane opens this program.


Signature Series Concert 6 – Tchaikovsky & Brahms

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm | King Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

PROGRAM:
JENNIFER HIGDON blue cathedral
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D Major
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Tchaikovsky’s spectacular violin concerto, once considered unplayable, will be performed by virtuoso Paul Huang. Brahms’ 2nd symphony has often been compared to Beethoven’s “Pastoral” symphony. Higdon’s blue cathedral was written in memory of her younger brother, Andrew, who died in 1998.