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Pops in the Park

8:00PM, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Zumwalt Park
Tulare, CA 93274

Celebrate the end of the summer with our smashing outdoor concert. This year, we focus on fun music from classical, pops and Hollywood. This concert is the perfect way to celebrate the end of the heat of the summer in Tulare County. Local celeb Valerie Salcedo joins us and expect a few favorite surprises to serenade you and your family as you enjoy your dinner al fresco with friends and family. Complete with an instrument petting zoo and face painting and the best night of music around.


October is for Lovers

7:30PM, Saturday, October 7, 2017
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

October opens our season with a focus on some of the greatest love stories of stage and screen. Famous lovers from two of Shakespeare’s plays share a program with that legendary lover: Don Juan. Grieg’s romantic concerto is always an audience favorite.


Mendelssohn: Overture to
Greig:Piano Concerto in A minor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Strauss:Don Juan


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.


Copland: Billy the Kid (suite)
Stravinsky: The Firebird

Faure: Requiem

8:00PM, Friday, March 16, 2018
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

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.


Faure: Requiem

Movie Music

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.”


Favorites from Sports Movies

Winter Wonderland

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.
Holiday Favorites New and Old!

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff

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!


Rachmaninoff:Piano Concerto No. 2
Steven Lin, piano
Tchaikovsky:Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Pines of Rome

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!


Gershwin: Concerto in F
Jeffery Biegel, piano
Respighi:The Pines of Rome

Berlioz in Santa Cruz

8:00PM, Friday, November 17, 2017
University of California: Santa Cruz Recital Hall
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Fall in Santa Cruz brings the “Fantastique,” classical music’s original Drug Trip. Colors, brilliance, terror, and love all play a roll in this magnificent masterwork.
Berlioz:Symphonie Fantastique

American Masters

3:00PM, Sunday, October 2, 2016
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

($12 – $29)
Opening the season in Adrian is our celebration of this wonderful orchestra. You will notice that we don’t have a guest artist on this program, instead, our showcase is the orchestra itself. 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!”
Bernstein: Overture from “Candide”
Bernstein: Symphony Dances from “West Side Story”
Gershwin:An American in Paris