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 Piano Concerto No. 1
September 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m.
September 29, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater
 
Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

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

Christopher Warren-Green opens the season with some of Tchaikovsky's greatest works, including the First Piano Concerto, full of sweeping melodies and dizzying technical challenges.
 
Stravinsky Firebird
October 18 & 19, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater                                                                    

Christopher Warren Green, conductor

MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
ELGAR In the South, "Alassio"
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.
 
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
November 8 & 9, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater              
                  
Hans Graf, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

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.
 
Dvořák's New World Symphony
November 22 & 23, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Ilyich Rivas, conductor

SCHUMANN Overture to Manfred
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Dvořák 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.
 
Beethoven's Emperor
January 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m.
January 12, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater
                                                   
Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

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.
 
Copland Appalachian Spring
January 31 & February 1, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Christopher James Lees, conductor

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

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."
 
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
February 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.
February 16, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano

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.
 
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
March 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater                               
                                     
Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Christine Pier, soprano
Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Michael Sumuel, bass

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.
 
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
March 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
James R. Jones, organ

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.
 
Beethoven's Pastoral
April 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m. 
April 5, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

KODALY Dances of Galánta
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.
 
Bach Brandenburg Concertos
April 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m.

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

BACH Brandenburg Concertos No. 2 & 3
HANDEL Suite from Terpsichore
HAYDN Overture to The Uninhibited Island
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeno

Dazzlingly inventive, virtuosic, and exuberant, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are among the greatest works of the Baroque era.
 
Brahms Double Concerto
May 1 & 2, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

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

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Classical 12 includes:

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (September 27-29)
Stravinsky Firebird (October 18 & 19)
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (November 8 & 9)
Dvořák's New World Symphony (November 22 & 23)
Beethoven's Emperor (January 10 -12)
Copland Appalachian Spring (January 31 & February 1)
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 (February 14 -16)
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (March 6 & 7)
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony (March 20 & 21)
Beethoven's Pastoral (April 3 -5)
Bach Brandenburg Concertos (April 17 & 18)
Brahms Double Concerto (May 1 & 2)
 
Classical 9 includes:
 
Stravinsky Firebird (October 18 & 19)
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (November 8 & 9)
Dvořák's New World Symphony (November 22 & 23)
Beethoven's Emperor (January 10 -12)
Copland Appalachian Spring (January 31 & February 1)
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (March 6 & 7)
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony (March 20 & 21)
Beethoven's Pastoral (April 3 -5)
Brahms Double Concerto (May 1 & 2)
 
Classical 6A includes:
 
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (September 27-29)
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (November 8 & 9)
Beethoven's Emperor (January 10 -12)
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (March 6 & 7)
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony (March 20 & 21)
Bach Brandenburg Concertos (April 17 & 18)
Classical 6B includes:
 
Stravinsky Firebird (October 18 & 19)
Dvořák's New World Symphony (November 22 & 23)
Copland Appalachian Spring (January 31 & February 1)
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 (February 14 -16)
Beethoven's Pastoral (April 3 -5)
Brahms Double Concerto (May 1 & 2)
 

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