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Adrian Symphony Orchestra: Music Director

I am so pleased and honored to be named Music Director of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. During my week there in April, it was clear that this is a special organization made up of outstanding and passionate musicians and a dedicated and skilled staff. I was also struck by the fantastic and invested board of directors and the passionate community support the orchestra enjoys. I look forward to making music with the orchestra and continuing the work of making deep connections between the orchestra and the greater community.

We have a thrilling season planned and I’m particularly excited about the opening concert where we will showcase this great orchestra. With music selected to give every single member of the orchestra their opportunity to shine, our concert makes its way through some of the most popular and most beloved American works for orchestra. Even the tuba player gets his moment, with two short solos in “An American in Paris!” .

Adrian Symphony
Adrian Symphony

Pines of Rome
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Jeffery Biegel, piano
3:00PM, Sunday, September 24, 2017
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
Our season opens with a tour de force program. After the smashing success of his "Rhapsody in Blue," Gershwin went "all out" with his Concerto in F, which quickly became one of the best known concertos of the 20th century. Jeffrey Biegel joins us to bring down the house with his performance. Italian composers may be best known for Opera, but after hearing this next work, you might wonder why. The concert closes with the brilliant, captivating, colorful, powerful, "Pines of Rome." Join us as the triumphant roman legions March victorious back to Rome!  

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff
Rachmaninoff:Piano Concerto No. 2
Steven Lin, piano
3:00PM, Sunday, October 15, 2017
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
The celebration continues in October with Russian Masterworks. Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff great pianist, great orchestrators, and great melodists. What better pair to combine for a smashing program. Rachmaninoff was just hitting his stride during the composition of this concerto, containing beautiful melodies--some of which you will recognize--and the exotic glamour of eastern Russian folk songs. Tchaikovsky, represented here by his fourth symphony, was in bright and joyous spirits. Although the opening movement has moments of darkness, the raucous finale will leave you--and our musicians and conductor--breathless!  

Winter Wonderland
Holiday Favorites New and Old!
8:00PM, Friday, December 8, 2017
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
We swing into the holiday season with a combination of your favorite Christmas music--and give a good portion of it a little spike in the eggnog. Some favorites from last year return and, once again, we highlight some of Adrian and Lenawee County's brightest talents. From soloists to choirs and swing bands to orchestra, this family-friendly concert truly has something for everyone.
Movie Music
Favorites from Sports Movies
8:00PM, Saturday, February 17, 2018
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
"The thrill of victory....the agony of defeat." This year's film-inspired concert celebrates the best in sports competition, both in the sports world and in the movie world. We will celebrate along with the American athletes in South Korea for the Winter Olympics and also revisit some of the greatest sports stories from the Cinema, including "The Natural," "Rudy," and "Hoosiers."  

Faure: Requiem
Faure: Requiem
8:00PM, Friday, March 16, 2018
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
We celebrate the repentant Lenten season with a return performance to one of our favorite venues, the Holy Rosary Chapel. We are joined by choirs to celebrate the  beautifully impressionistic Requiem by Faure. Written to "comfort the living," this hauntingly beautiful piece sets a variety of movements of the requiem mass with a very beautiful, and a very French, touch. Written for chamber orchestra, choir, and two soloists, this intimate performance serves as a beautiful contrast to the rest of our festive season and serves to remind us all of this touching time of year before Spring returns to Michigan.  

Faure: Requiem
Faure: Requiem
3:00PM, Sunday, March 18, 2018
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
We celebrate the repentant Lenten season with a return performance to one of our favorite venues, the Holy Rosary Chapel. We are joined by choirs to celebrate the  beautifully impressionistic Requiem by Faure. Written to "comfort the living," this hauntingly beautiful piece sets a variety of movements of the requiem mass with a very beautiful, and a very French, touch. Written for chamber orchestra, choir, and two soloists, this intimate performance serves as a beautiful contrast to the rest of our festive season and serves to remind us all of this touching time of year before Spring returns to Michigan.  

Firebird
Copland: Billy the Kid (suite)
8:00PM, Saturday, April 28, 2018
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221
Celebrate Spring with a variety of dance music! From ballet to the hoedown and the charleston, this concert combines some of the best dance music from the mid-20th century.  Billy the kid's legendary story is illustrated through a simple and homespun yet powerful retelling about one of America's first anti-heroes. And we close this concert with yet another orchestra showpiece, "The Firebird." It caused an absolute sensation at it's premiere and brought instant worldwide fame to it's brilliant composer, Igor Stravinsky. We will all know why at the end of this concert.  

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