September 29 & 30
Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor
Piano Concerto No. 22
Neil Rutman, piano
Symphony No. 1
November 17 & 18
Overture to the Flying Dutchman
Mayumi Kanagawa, violin
Symphony No. 7
January 26 & 27
Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Piano Concerto No. 3
Yoonie Han, piano
March 23 & 24
Overture to the Barber of Seville
Violin Concerto No. 1
Francesca dePasquale, violin
Symphony No. 2
May 4 & 5
Dances of Galanta
Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor'
Hans Boepple, piano
Symphony No. 6
Concert 1 – VIENNESE DREAMS
Saturday, September 29, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, September 30, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Dr. Robert Tomaro of the Beloit Jamesville Symphony begins the first concert of the 2012-13 Season with the sweetest of Viennese pastries – Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor Overture, setting the stage for Neil Rutman’s incendiary performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22. Finally, we arrive at Brahms’ C minor Symphony. Brahms' inner turmoil explodes in this first symphony. The critics expected Brahms to be the new Beethoven, but he was struggling with a secret inner demon, as well. He had fallen in love with Clara Schumann, the wife of his mentor Robert Schumann, and the ecstasy and torment of that forbidden love spills out rapturously in this titanic work.
Concert 2 – RAVISHING ROMANTICS
Saturday, November 17, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, November 18, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Fasten your seatbelt as we embark on a musical journey spanning the entire Romantic era! We’ll perform three towering masterworks that span nearly 100 years of the golden Romantic period! This program features the stunningly vivacious and rhythmic Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Wagner’s sumptuous Flying Dutchman Overture, and the sensuously virtuosic Sibelius Violin Concerto featuring Klein Competition winner Mayumi Kanagawa. This exciting concert is led by Anthony Quartuccio Jr., who currently conducts Opera San Jose and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.
Concert 3 – AROUND THE WORLD
Saturday, January 26, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, January 27, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
In this concert, Diane Wittry, Music Director of the Allentown Symphony, takes us on a musical tour that spans the globe- from Austria to Appalachia to the Caribbean- and three centuries- from Mozart's joyous Marriage of Figaro Overture written in 1786 to Miguel Del Aguila's "Conga" written in 1994. The concert also features the South Korean dynamo, Yoonie Han, performing Beethoven's third piano concerto. Music is so often used as a means of defining our view of life. Whether it is music to dance to, music to sing, or music that simply moves the heart and soul, this music changes us. This concert is full of beautiful melodies and driving rhythms.
Concert 4 – TRANSCENDENCE
Saturday, March 23, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Come share the infectious joyful energy of Rossini, Bruch and Brahms! Rossini's timeless, playful and frequently hilarious Overture to the Barber of Seville features world famous melodies, while Bruch's passionate, thrillingly virtuosic Violin Concerto features rising star Francesca dePasquale. The program concludes with Brahms' transcendent second Symphony, a radiant and breathtaking portrait of the ways in which we shape our own destiny. Don't miss the highly accomplished and charismatic young conductor Daniel Stewart, in his Santa Cruz County Symphony debut performances!
Concert 5 – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODIES
Saturday, May 4, 8 pm Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sunday, May 5, 2 pm Mello Center, Watsonville
Rebecca Miller of the New London Professional Orchestra invites you to join us on a Bohemian journey! First, we visit the small market town of Galanta, childhood home of Zoltan Kodaly and famous for its gypsy band. You will experience a fresco of Hungarian life in the 1800s through the colorful orchestration of a set of ancient passionate, beguiling, and exhilarating dances. We’ll pass through the French-occupied Vienna of 1809 for Hans Boepple's performance of Beethoven’s ‘ultimate’ piano concerto – one of the grandest and most difficult in the repertoire, and one that pushes the boundaries of the genre and the instrument to its absolute limits. Finally, experience the sweet fragrance and unspoiled beauty of the Czech woods and meadows through Dvorak’s depiction of Bohemian life – humor, pride, optimism, and passion are all luminously woven into his 6th Symphony.