There is no off-season…

Last week, the Symphony held their final rehearsal of 2017. We have seen some great times so far this season, thanks to you. The Spooktacular sold out; Messiah received rave reviews. Time for the musicians to take a well-deserved break, right?

Think again. Our greatest performances of the season are still ahead of us.

Next on the docket are two WHOPPERS of pieces that you certainly won’t want to miss. First up, Josh Wright will perform Rachmaninoff’s epic 3rd Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. You fans of pop culture will remember that this is the piece that pianist David Helfgott was performing in the movie, “Shine,” when he went insane. While we are sure that Josh Wright is more than up to the task, don’t miss out on the chance to see this superlative work performed.

After a brief intermission, allowing everyone to catch their collective breath, the Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. I have been waiting to write extensively about this piece for some time. To begin, I invite you to listen to this piece alongside Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony. Take note – Tchaikovsky wanted his 4th symphonic work to mirror Beethoven’s 5th very closely. Can you hear the “knock of fate” at the beginning of both works?

I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I will wish you a new year next week!