This Saturday’s concert by your Brevard Symphony Orchestra features great music by some of music history’s biggest names – and a few “firsts” for your BSO.

The featured work on the program is the First Symphony by Tchaikovsky. This will be the BSO’s first-ever performance of this charming and tuneful symphony. At Wednesday night’s rehearsal, I asked the orchestra how many had ever played this symphony prior to this week. Only 4 players (of 64) raised their hands. It’s also my first experience conducting this unjustly neglected symphony – and I imagine it will be the first time many of you will hear it, especially in a live performance. I’m glad we’ll get to share this experience together!

I was very disappointed to receive the news last week that legendary violinist Elmar Oliveira would be unable to appear with us for this concert. Mr. Oliveira is one of my very favorite guest artists, and I look forward to getting him back on our stage next season. Filling in will be an amazingly gifted violinist whose career is definitely on the rise. Benjamin Beilman will join us for a performance of one of my favorite works, the Sibelius Violin Concerto. We look forward to meeting Benjamin and welcoming him to our stage for the very first time.

The concert opens with a work selected by YOU, our loyal audience. Last March, we surveyed the audience at our concerts and online and asked them to select from a list of 4 pieces (along with the ever-popular “other” option). The winner was Mendelssohn’s Fingals Cave Overture. I was surprised to discover that the BSO did not own this title in our vast library, which makes me wonder if this is the first time the BSO has performed it. My detailed performance records only stretch back about 30 years – it hasn’t been played during that time. So, this might be the BSO’s first-ever performance of one of the most beloved and recognizable concert overtures. You have most definitely chosen wisely!

At Saturday’s performance, you’ll have the opportunity to select a work to be performed on this season’s Pops Concert in February, so please be sure to vote – we appreciate your participation!

Join us this Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the King Center for what promises to be a fabulous evening of FIRSTS with YOUR Brevard Symphony Orchestra!

Christopher Confessore

Christopher Confessore currently serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure in Brevard, the orchestra has enjoyed a dramatic and sustained period of artistic excellence and has been praised for its innovative programming, spirited performances and broad repertoire.