October 4 & 5
Overture to Candide
In Seven Days
Nicolas Hodges, piano
(NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE)
Symphony No. 41 in C major, "Jupiter"
November 8 & 9
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (The Wedding Cantata)
Ying Fang, soprano
Bachiana Brasileira No. 5 for Voice and Eight Cellos
January 24 & 25
Adagio for Strings
Serenade for Strings
March 21 & 22
Violin Concerto in D major
Youjin Lee, violin
May 9 & 10
O Magnum Mysterium
With The Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, Cheryl Anderson, Choral Director
Concert 1 – CREATION
Saturday, October 4, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, October 5, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Our 57th season begins with a bang! We open with the exuberant overture to Leonard Bernstein’s effervescent operetta, Candide.
Next, we proudly present the Northern California premiere of Thomas Ades’ astonishingly powerful and innovative composition, In Seven Days (2008), featuring world-renowned pianist, Nicolas Hodges, who was featured in the work’s world premiere and first recording. For the Civic performance, we will feature award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner's vivid video counterpoint, projected on site.*
The program concludes with Mozart’s glorious 41st Symphony, the 'Jupiter', his final and most celebrated symphonic achievement.
Concert 2 – DREAMS AND VISION
Saturday, November 8, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, November 9, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
We invite you to open your mind’s eye and drift away into musical enchantment. We feature the spectacular voice of soprano Ying Fang – a rising star from the Metropolitan Opera, hailed by the New York Times as both “pure and moving”. Ms. Fang will sing Bach’s uplifting and transporting Wedding Cantata, and Villa-Lobos’ passionate and playful Bachiana Brasileira No. 5.
Topping off this rich program is Berlioz’s epic Symphonie Fantastique, an electrifying and intoxicating work which forever changed the course of classical music.
Concert 3 – THE MUSE
Saturday, January 24, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, January 25, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Come experience the dynamic and celebrated string section of the Santa Cruz Symphony!
These special strings only concerts opens with Samuel Barber’s profoundly moving Adagio for Strings, followed by Stravinsky’s ingeniously inventive celebration of Greek mythology – Apollon Musagète (Apollo's Muses).
We conclude with Tchaikovsky’s ravishingly sensual Serenade for Strings, one of his most popular compositions.
Concert 4 – PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES
Saturday, March 21, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, March 22, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
We are pleased to present the works of two Bay Area composers. The concert opens with Sinfonia (2011), a wild and reflective work by our own Maestro and Bay-Area native, Daniel Stewart.
In Pacifika Rondo (1963), the late, great, and very local composer Lou Harrison looks west to Asia and south to Latin America and weaves these cultural styles into a truly Californian work.
The concert’s second half features the young virtuoso violinist Youjin Lee, 1st prize winner of the Klein International String Competition, performing Beethoven’s majestic and transcendent Violin Concerto.
Concert 5 – SACRED & PROFANE
Saturday, May 9, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, May 10, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
We partner with the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera for a dramatic conclusion to the season featuring Carl Orff’s awe-inspiring choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana.
Leading into this commanding work, we perform Jean-Baptiste Lully’s evocative Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, and Tomás Luis de Victoria's 16th century a capella masterpiece, O Magnum Mysterium.