Friday Evenings

GERSHWIN, PRICE & COPLAND

Fri Oct 4, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Oct 5, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Thomas Wilkins, conductor  

Béla Fleck, banjo  

 

16-time Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck joins the CSO for a celebration of the American sound. Fleck’s reimagining of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue pays homage to the legendary composer while redefining an all-time classic. Contemporaries Florence Price and Aaron Copland did the same in their time, shaping, contextualizing and creating indelible music that feels like it was always here. Copland’s ballet music to Rodeo, featuring the rip-roaring and instantly recognizable "Hoe-Down," became a new soundtrack to the American West. Florence Price, merging traditional African American themes with the latest music of her day, established a singular voice all her own.

MOZART & BRUCKNER

Fri Nov 8, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Nov 9, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Marek Janowski, conductor

 

Mozart and Bruckner’s late symphonies explore drama on radically different scales. Mozart’s compact and wonderful Symphony No. 39 opens with plenty of pomp, interweaving effortless genius, elegance, and playfulness to the very end. Taking nearly a decade to write, Brucker’s last symphonic statement is a gloriously vast cathedral of sound built on foundations of infinite brass.

BACH'S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

Fri Dec 6, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Sat Dec 7, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Joélle Harvey, soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

May Festival Chorus

 

Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio blends the soaring melodies of Baroque music with the joyous spirit of the holiday season. The rich harmonies and intricate counterpoint come together in jubilant choruses and tender arias, narrating and reflecting upon the stories of the Feast of Christmas. Richard Egarr leads the May Festival Chorus and soloists in the timeless glories of music that resonates with the warmth and wonder of Christmas.   

STRAUSS & DEBUSSY

Fri Jan 31, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Feb 1, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Jun Märkl, conductor

Elizabeth Freimuth, horn

 

Till Eulenspiegel follows the exploits of a noted trickster but doesn’t fool around. The super virtuosic work is a freewheeling tour de force for every member of the Orchestra, beginning with a famous French horn solo. CSO Principal Horn Elizabeth Freimuth steps into the spotlight with a popular early concerto by Strauss, and Debussy’s impressionistic Images create the musical equivalent of a Monet masterpiece.

SHEHERAZADE

Fri Mar 28, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Mar 29, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Keitaro Harada, conductor

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

 

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade, based on the legendary stories of One Thousand and One Nights, is a wild ride full of big moments for brass plus a famous violin solo for CSO Concertmaster Stefani Matsuo. Arturo Márquez’ Fandango pays tribute to dances of Mexico, performed here by Anne Akiko Meyers, the soloist it was written for. Yuzo Toyama’s Rhapsody centers on folk songs from his native Japan.

MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 6

Fri Apr 25, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Sat Apr 26, 2025 | 7:30 pm

Jaap van Zweden, conductor

 

Conductor Jaap van Zweden leads the CSO in Mahler’s colossal Sixth Symphony. From the first ominous beat of the strings, the work builds to shocking intensity, full of soaring melodies and towering brass, abruptly contrasted by profoundly sweet interludes. It’s all the drama you need. In time, Mahler’s whole heartfelt world becomes obliterated by cataclysmic hammerblows.