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Event List

Beethoven Innovates
Tchaikovsky:Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Andrew Tyson, piano
Beethoven:Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"
7:30PM, Saturday, February 22, 2020
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Beethoven and Tchaikovsky continue to push the envelope late into their careers. Two examples highlight this program, Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto opens while Beethoven's 6th Symphony broke ground as the first programmatic symphony written around a simple storyline.


Mendelssohn and Mozart
Mendelssohn:Piano Concerto in G major
Steven Lin, piano
Mozart:Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
8:00PM, Friday, March 13, 2020
Spencer Performing Arts Center
1247 E. Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 94221

Mozart gets all the press for his genius as a child. But every bit his equal was the brilliant Mendelssohn. We’ll hear music from both these two bright boys on one program. Audience favorite Steven Lin returns to present the evervescent G minor concerto by Mendelssohn, which ends with the happiest music you’ll hear in 2020.

The program will close with Mozart’s final symphony, nicknamed “Jupiter.” Never heard during his lifetime, we will recreate the masterwork from The Master Mozart.

Adrian Symphony Orchestra
Bruce Anthony Kiesling, conductor

Steven Lin, piano

Colorful Arrivals
Higdon:Blue Cathedral
Britten:Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Stravinsky:Petrouchka (Suite)
7:30PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Stravinsky's Petrouchka is known as the work when the master composer first broke into his own, distinct style. And Britten's "Young Person's Guide" is a favorite for listeners of every age group.


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