The 2019-20 Classical Series has an inspiring mix of orchestral blockbusters, bold new works, and the talents of acclaimed guest conductors and artists. 

 
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CLASSICAL SERIES


Tchaikovsky's Greatest Hits

September 27 & 28, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
September 29, 2019 | 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

 
TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

Maestro Christopher Warren-Green opens the Classical Series with some of Tchaikovsky's greatest works, including the First Piano Concerto, full of sweeping melodies and dizzying technical challenges.

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

 

Stravinsky Firebird

October 18 & 19, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater


MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
GLAZUNOV Stenka Razine
LIADOV The Enchanted Lake
STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1919 version)

An enchanted tale that has delighted generations, Stravinsky's The Firebird follows the spellbinding story of a prince and princesses caught in a struggle with an ogre, and the fantastic Firebird who saves them.

Christopher James Lees, conductor


 

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

November 8 & 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater


DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish"
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2         
                      
Distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf leads the orchestra in a program of sunny favorites anchored by Debussy's famous Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.


Hans Graf, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, 
violin

 

Dvořák's New World Symphony

November 22 & 23, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater


SCHUMANN Overture to Manfred
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme of Haydn
DVORAK Symphony No. 9  "From the New World"

The "New World" Symphony, composed while Dvořák was living in America, fuses the music of his Bohemian roots with tuneful impressions of a fascinating new world full of new sounds.


Ilyich Rivas, conductor

 

Beethoven's Emperor

January 10 & 11, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
January 12, 2020 | 3 p.m.
Knight Theater


BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"    

Majestic, striding, and tender, Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto is not only a crowning achievement among Beethoven's compositions, but among all the piano concertos written before or since.


Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Conrad Tao, 
piano

 

Copland Appalachian Spring

January 31 & February 1, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater


BARBER Adagio for Strings
BRITTELLE We're Still Here
COPLAND Appalachian Spring

A portrait of America is captured in this program featuring Barber's iconic Adagio for Strings and Copland's Appalachian Spring, with its memorable melody "Simple Gifts."


Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

 

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1

February 14 & 15, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
February 16, 2020 | 3 p.m.
Knight Theater


TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8

Rife with poetry, romance, and irresistible energy, this Romantic program featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Beethoven will make the perfect Valentine's date night.


Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, 
piano

 

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

March 6 & 7, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater


BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis

Monumental and deeply affecting, Missa Solemnis ranges from moments of calmness and purity, to thundering passages, operatic intensity and war-like trumpets and drums.


Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Christine Pier, soprano
Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Michael Sumuel, bass


 

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

March 20 & 21, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater


KUSTER Moxie
MOZART Symphony No. 39
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, "Organ"

Inspired by Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the resoundingly beautiful "Organ Symphony" by Saint-Saëns electrifies with its expressive originality.


Christopher Warren Green, conductor
James R. Jones, organ


 

Beethoven's Pastoral

April 3 & 4, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. 
April 5, 2020 | 3 p.m.
Knight Theater


KODALY Dances of Galánta
WIENIAWSKI Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"

Evoking his love of living in nature, Beethoven's Pastoral brings life to rolling thunder and the calling of a shepherd's pipes.


JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Calin Lupanu, 
violin

 

Bach Brandenburg Concertos

April 17 & 18, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater 


HANDEL Selections from Water Music
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concertos No. 2 & 3
VIVALDI La Folia "Madness"
MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeneo

Dazzlingly inventive, virtuosic, and exuberant, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are among the greatest works of the Baroque era.


Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

 

Brahms Double Concerto

May 1 & 2, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

                       
SMITH Field Guide
BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4

The series closes with a "bravo!" for Beethoven, as Christopher Warren-Green leads the orchestra in the vivacious Symphony No. 4 and Brahms' dramatic and virtuosic Concerto for Violin and Cello.


Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Joshua Roman, 
cello

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