October 5 & 6
Overture to Die Fledermaus
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Symphony No. 4
in F minor
November 16 & 17
Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose Suite)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb major
Austin Huntington, cello
Symphony No. 5
in C minor
January 25 & 26
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Yunpeng Wang, baritone
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Selections from Romeo and Juliet
March 22 & 23
Rumanian Folk Dances
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
The Unanswered Question
May 17 & 18
Ave Verum Corpus
Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus
Concert 1 – CELEBRATION!
Saturday, October 5, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, October 6, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Come join us for our season opening celebration of music making in Santa Cruz County! Maestro Daniel Stewart leads a selection of dazzling, elegant and awe inspiring favorites by Strauss, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. Strauss' overture to 'The Bat' (Die Fledermaus), has become the most celebrated of all operetta overtures, and is a champagne infused riot of song and dance.
Guest pianist Jeffrey Kahane, world renowned for his exuberance and erudition, plays one of Mozart's greatest concertos, and our concert concludes with Tchaikovsky's towering Fourth Symphony. Don't miss this exciting start of our new era!
Concert 2 – FANTASY AND FATE
Saturday, November 16, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, November 17, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Ravel's exquisite fairy tale miniatures from his 'Mother Goose Suite', including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagodas and Beauty and the Beast, have been treasured by music lovers ever since their premiere in 1912 Paris. Shostakovich's harrowing and deeply moving Cello Concerto no. 1, played here by the young virtuoso Austin Huntington, has become one of the most famous concertos of the 20th century.
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony begins with the most recognizable statement in the history of music, and never fails to electrify. Written as Beethoven was quickly falling into total deafness, many regard the work as one of mankind's greatest achievements. Come experience the transformative power of these great stories of idealism, struggle and triumph over adversity.
Concert 3 – IMMORTAL LOVE
Saturday, January 25, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, January 26, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
The breathtakingly beautiful songs of Gustav Mahler would come to form the foundation for his nine, vocally infused symphonies. The gifted young baritone Yunpeng Wang joins the SCCS to sing his 'Songs of a Wayfarer'. The legend of Tristan and Isolde is one of history's most celebrated love stories and inspired Wagner to create what would become the most influential musical work of the Romantic era.
Following, we will present the world's most beloved love story of all, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, in one of the 20th century's most ecstatic, tender and transporting masterpieces. Originally written as a ballet, Prokofiev wrote an exhaustive amount of music on the subject, which we will condense into forty minutes of storytelling magic.
Concert 4 – DANCE PRISMS
Saturday, March 22, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, March 23, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
The 'Rumanian Folk Dances' of Bela Bartok, Hungary's most celebrated composer of the 20th century, are brimming with gypsy fire and mysticism. Bach's hypnotically buoyant and elegant second orchestral suite features seven different dances for strings and solo flute.
Ives' The Unanswered Question presents our universal, eternal, and increasingly complex question of existence with singular success in his visionary work from 1906, while Stravinsky, looking to dance forms from Pergolesi and other composers from the 18th century, wrote his Pulchinella, a ballet that was originally premiered with costumes and sets designed by Picasso, on themes of the Commedia dell'arte.
Come enjoy this kaleidoscopic festival of dances, over two dozen of them, as we celebrate the rich diversity of, and connections between, each.
Concert 5 – RENEWAL
Saturday, May 17, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, May 18, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Bernstein's Chichester Psalms is one of the 20th century's most celebrated choral masterpieces. Sung in Hebrew, they express joyful, impassioned, and universal themes of brotherhood and gratitude.
Mozart's Requiem Mass, one of the most profoundly moving experiences in all of western art, was the last piece of music that Mozart struggled to complete before his tragically early death at the age of 35. Working under mysterious conditions, (he was commissioned through an anonymous source who hoped to claim the work as his own), Mozart believed that he was writing the piece for himself. Featuring vocal soloists from the Metropolitan Opera and the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, we will conclude our season on a note of uplift and renewal.