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San Francisco Symphony – MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

San Francisco Symphony – MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

Conductor Brett Mitchell leads the SF Symphony in an exhilarating concert of iconic masterworks. Carnival scenes, pastoral interludes, and ghastly dances with witches and sorcerers make Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique among the most vibrant orchestral music ever written. Then, a masterpiece hailed by many as the most lyrical and influential of its kind—Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto—performed by one of today’s most promising young artists, award-winning Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot.

Conductor/Performers

Brett Mitchell – Conductor
Blake Pouliot – Violin

Program

Berlioz

Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust

Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto

Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

San Diego Symphony – Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

San Diego Symphony – Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

BERLIOZ –  Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23
POULENC –  Concerto in G minor for Organ, Timpani and Strings
SAINT-SAËNS –  Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78: Organ Symphony

Jahja Ling, conductor
Chelsea Chen, organ

Copley Symphony Hall’s mighty Robert Morton theater organ takes center stage in two of the most famous orchestral works written for the “King of instruments.” Leading the concert will be Conductor Laureate Jahja Ling. Guest organist will be internationally-recognized San Diego native Chelsea Chen in her Jacobs Music Center debut.

The “Maestoso” theme of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony was used in the 1970s pop sing “If I Had Words” by Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley, a world-wide million-seller. Perhaps most famously, this same song and theme were heavily featured in the hit 1990s films Babe and Babe: Pig in the City.

This theme has also been the climactic music of Impressions de France, a film that has screened continuously at the Disney Epcot’s France Pavilion since the park opened in 1982 in Florida.

San Diego Symphony – Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

BERLIOZ –  Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23
POULENC –  Concerto in G minor for Organ, Timpani and Strings
SAINT-SAËNS –  Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78: Organ Symphony

Jahja Ling, conductor
Chelsea Chen, organ

Copley Symphony Hall’s mighty Robert Morton theater organ takes center stage in two of the most famous orchestral works written for the “King of instruments.” Leading the concert will be Conductor Laureate Jahja Ling. Guest organist will be internationally-recognized San Diego native Chelsea Chen in her Jacobs Music Center debut.

The “Maestoso” theme of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony was used in the 1970s pop sing “If I Had Words” by Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley, a world-wide million-seller. Perhaps most famously, this same song and theme were heavily featured in the hit 1990s films Babe and Babe: Pig in the City.

This theme has also been the climactic music of Impressions de France, a film that has screened continuously at the Disney Epcot’s France Pavilion since the park opened in 1982 in Florida.

San Diego Symphony – Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

BERLIOZ –  Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23
POULENC –  Concerto in G minor for Organ, Timpani and Strings
SAINT-SAËNS –  Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78: Organ Symphony

Jahja Ling, conductor
Chelsea Chen, organ

Copley Symphony Hall’s mighty Robert Morton theater organ takes center stage in two of the most famous orchestral works written for the “King of instruments.” Leading the concert will be Conductor Laureate Jahja Ling. Guest organist will be internationally-recognized San Diego native Chelsea Chen in her Jacobs Music Center debut.

The “Maestoso” theme of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony was used in the 1970s pop sing “If I Had Words” by Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley, a world-wide million-seller. Perhaps most famously, this same song and theme were heavily featured in the hit 1990s films Babe and Babe: Pig in the City.

This theme has also been the climactic music of Impressions de France, a film that has screened continuously at the Disney Epcot’s France Pavilion since the park opened in 1982 in Florida.

San Diego Symphony – The Young Romantics

San Diego Symphony – The Young Romantics

MENDELSSOHN – The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
LISZT – Piano Concerto No. 1
BERLIOZ – Symphonie fantastique

Michael Francis, conductor
Rodolfo Leone, piano

The Romantic movement was launched by the three early innovators on this program, who shook the world and shaped the future with these youthful masterworks – Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique – all originating in the bountiful year of 1830. Michael Francis (Mainly Mozart Festival Music Director) conducts, with rising star pianist Rodolfo Leone.

San Diego Symphony – Beyond the Score: Symphonie fantastique

San Diego Symphony – Beyond the Score: Symphonie fantastique

BERLIOZ – Symphonie fantastique

Michael Francis, conductor
Matthew Krause, actor
Bernardo Bermudez, tenor
Zoë Irvine, dancer

Hector Berlioz’s passionate fever dreams changed the world of classical music forever when he unleashed his Symphonie fantastique onto unsuspecting audiences in 1830. This Beyond the Score® presentation dramatizes how this surprising symphonic shocker came to be. Michael Francis conducts this unique performance that reveals the illuminating stories found “inside” the score.

San Diego Symphony – The Young Romantics

San Diego Symphony – The Young Romantics

MENDELSSOHN – The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
LISZT – Piano Concerto No. 1
BERLIOZ – Symphonie fantastique

Michael Francis, conductor
Rodolfo Leone, piano

The Romantic movement was launched by the three early innovators on this program, who shook the world and shaped the future with these youthful masterworks – Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique – all originating in the bountiful year of 1830. Michael Francis (Mainly Mozart Festival Music Director) conducts, with rising star pianist Rodolfo Leone.

Monterey Symphony – Concert 2

Monterey Symphony – Concert 2

BERLIOZ – Overture, Le corsaire, Op. 21

NIELSEN – Flute Concerto, FS 119
Carol Wincenc, flute

TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 4, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 – often referred to as the “Fate” symphony because of the dark undertones – headlines the second concert of the season. Written in the shadow of Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky echoes the great master’s melancholy in this hallmark orchestral work.

Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at Juilliard, joins the orchestra for Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, composed in 1926 for the legendary flautist M. Holger-Gilbert Jespersen. This concert will also feature members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra playing side-by-side on Hector Berlioz’s Overture, Le corsaire, Op. 21, which, like the Tchaikovsky symphony, was also composed during a period of great despair.

Join us one hour prior to every performance for our pre-concert lectures presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra

Monterey Symphony – Concert 2

Monterey Symphony – Concert 2

BERLIOZ – Overture, Le corsaire, Op. 21

NIELSEN – Flute Concerto, FS 119
Carol Wincenc, flute

TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 4, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 – often referred to as the “Fate” symphony because of the dark undertones – headlines the second concert of the season. Written in the shadow of Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky echoes the great master’s melancholy in this hallmark orchestral work.

Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at Juilliard, joins the orchestra for Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, composed in 1926 for the legendary flautist M. Holger-Gilbert Jespersen. This concert will also feature members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra playing side-by-side on Hector Berlioz’s Overture, Le corsaire, Op. 21, which, like the Tchaikovsky symphony, was also composed during a period of great despair.

Join us one hour prior to every performance for our pre-concert lectures presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra