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Event List

The Creation
Haydn:The Creation (Parts 1 and 2)
7:30PM, Saturday, April 18, 2020
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Haydn brought down the house at the premiere of his most popular work, The Creation. This stunning oratorio with soloists and choirs demonstrates Haydn's skill at using the orchestra for all manner of character and story. This is a not to be missed season ending event!


Leslie Ann Bradley, Soprano:

Zach Finkelstein, Tenor

Andrew Mahon, Bass


Picture It!
Bernstein:Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety” for piano and orchestra
Andrew Tyson, piano
Mussorgsky (orchestrated by M. Ravel):“Pictures at an Exhibition”
7:30PM, Friday, May 1, 2020
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

Our orchestra season in Adrian closes with two works that we’re inspired by visual works of art. Bernstein’s 2nd Symphony was inspired both by Auden’s long form poem “The Age of Anxiety,” which wrestles with the struggles of loneliness in the modern age. Bernstein felt the work was also inspired by Hopper’s “Nighthawks” painting, depicting three lonely souls in an otherwise deserted New York City bar, late in the evening. Scored for piano and orchestra, this work has everything, wandering and lost opening in the clarinets, a jazzy, relentless middle section for combo and percussion, which finally leads to solace and resolution in a glorious finale.

Act 2 brings out the big guns, with the orchestra showpiece, “Pictures at an Exhibition” in the dazzlingly colorful and evocative orchestration by Maurice Ravel. This cross-cultural collection of shorts wraps up with one of the most famous melodies in classical music, with “The Great Gate of Kiev” ringing in the end of the orchestra’s 2019-2020 season.


Adrian Symphony Orchestra
Bruce Anthony Kiesling, conductor

Andrew Tyson, piano