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The solo oboe is the first sound we hear, just as we would in “normal” times, when it sounds the tuning note before a concert. From there, a variety of styles, textures, and tone colors makes for a satisfying aesthetic experience, even with only a half-dozen (at most!) musicians onstage. Read Program Notes   Single … Continued

Towards Resolution

As we observe Juneteenth (June 19) and continue to address the racial tensions and inequities that roil our nation, the MSO carries on the musical conversation via two works by composers of color: Daniel Kidane and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Music by – and inspired by – Purcell and Beethoven’s “apotheosis of the dance” round out the … Continued

To the Mountaintop

Transcension. Resilience. Renewal. There is power in each of us to convert times of tragedy and crisis into personal growth and deeper understanding. Dorothy Rudd Moore dedicated her piece, subtitled “I Have Been to the Mountaintop,” to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read Program Notes   Single tickets will not be available … Continued

The Bach Effect

From his day to ours, J.S. Bach has influenced composers like no one else in the history of Western music. In addition to his Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, we’ll hear the effect he has had on musicians as diverse as Mendelssohn (19th-century German), Villa-Lobos (20th-century Brazilian), Arvo Pärt (20th-century Estonian), and Eric Nathan (21st-century American). … Continued

The Great American Songbook

Revel in the tunes that have built the Great American Songbook. Decades of musical delights will get your toes tapping and your heart thumping in this program of showtune splendor. The orchestra has the night off, but the music plays on! MSO musicians will not appear in this weekend’s performance.   Single tickets will not … Continued

Chevalier de St. Georges

Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) was a Black contemporary of Mozart. A composer, virtuoso violinist, conductor, and champion fencer, his worthy music is heard all too infrequently. We aim to rectify that by presenting the instrumental music of his comic opera, L’Amant anonyme. Two of Haydn’s six “Paris” symphonies bookend the program.   Single … Continued

Dream Gates

The haunting night-sounds of Alberga’s work for horn and string quartet. The warm, autumnal textures and timbres of Brahms’s first String Quintet. The keen rhythms, angular melodies, and spicy tone colors of Prokofiev’s chamber ballet for five players. It’s a musical melting pot designed to wake the imagination. Read Program Notes   Single tickets will … Continued

Eight is Enough

Mendelssohn was only 16 years old when he penned one of the greatest of all chamber works, his Octet for strings. Beethoven’s early Wind Octet and a virtuoso showcase for eight violins – named after a racing car video game – are further proof that “eight is enough.” Read Program Notes   Single tickets will … Continued

Let’s Dance!

With composers that hail from Argentina, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, the tropical grooves of Latin America saturate this program of dance-influenced music. We dare you not to tap your feet! Read Program Notes   Single tickets will not be available for purchase during the 2020.21 season. Subscriptions for our reimagined all-virtual streaming season are available … Continued

Night Music

Savor each sensation as instrumental colors abound in a concert devoted to music of the night. From Mozart’s familiar strains to Roussel’s piquant Serenade, it’s a nocturnal feast for the ears. Read Program Notes   Single tickets will not be available for purchase during the 2020.21 season. Subscriptions for our reimagined all-virtual streaming season are … Continued