Schedule

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  • Santa Cruz
  • Sequoia Symphony Orchestra
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Event List

Tchaikovsky Mini-Festival: Friday
Tchaikovsky:Piano Works
Dominic Cheli, piano
7:30PM, Friday, November 8, 2019
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

The Adrian Symphony presents our first every mini-festival. We’ll explore the music of Tchaikovsky in three distinct programs. We begin with the brilliant playing of Dominic Cheli as he shares a program of solo piano works by and inspired by Tchaikovsky. Saturday night, we’ll hear Tchaikovsky’s Russian songs for Mezzo-Soprano and piano, presented Kristin Boggs Clark accompanied by Phil Clark on piano.

Our full orchestra wraps up this amazing weekend of music with favorite works by the master. Dominic Cheli will dazzle us through Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto—always a thrill ride for the audience. The orchestra then presents the last symphony written by the composer. Premiered only weeks before his untimely death, Tchaikovsky puts his entire heart and soul, triumph to tragedy, into this amazing work.

Tchaikovsky Mini-Festival: Saturday
Tchaikovsky Songs for Voice and PianoTBA
Kristin Boggs Clark, Mezzo-soprano
Phil Clark, piano
7:30PM, Saturday, November 9, 2019
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

The Adrian Symphony presents our first every mini-festival. We’ll explore the music of Tchaikovsky in three distinct programs. We begin with the brilliant playing of Dominic Cheli as he shares a program of solo piano works by and inspired by Tchaikovsky. Saturday night, we’ll hear Tchaikovsky’s Russian songs for Mezzo-Soprano and piano, presented Kristin Boggs Clark accompanied by Phil Clark on piano.

Our full orchestra wraps up this amazing weekend of music with favorite works by the master. Dominic Cheli will dazzle us through Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto—always a thrill ride for the audience. The orchestra then presents the last symphony written by the composer. Premiered only weeks before his untimely death, Tchaikovsky puts his entire heart and soul, triumph to tragedy, into this amazing work.

Tchaikovsky Mini-Festival: Sunday
Tchaikovsky:Piano Concerto No. 1
Dominic Cheli, piano
Tchaikovsky:Symphony No. 6 in B minor “Pathetique”
3:00PM, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

The Adrian Symphony presents our first every mini-festival. We’ll explore the music of Tchaikovsky in three distinct programs. We begin with the brilliant playing of Dominic Cheli as he shares a program of solo piano works by and inspired by Tchaikovsky. Saturday night, we’ll hear Tchaikovsky’s Russian songs for Mezzo-Soprano and piano, presented Kristin Boggs Clark accompanied by Phil Clark on piano.

Our full orchestra wraps up this amazing weekend of music with favorite works by the master. Dominic Cheli will dazzle us through Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto—always a thrill ride for the audience. The orchestra then presents the last symphony written by the composer. Premiered only weeks before his untimely death, Tchaikovsky puts his entire heart and soul, triumph to tragedy, into this amazing work.

Bold Beginnings
Beethoven:Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Steven Lin, piano
Brahms:Symphony No. 1 in C minor
7:30PM, Saturday, November 16, 2019
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Beethoven and Brahms start out their careers with these two landmark works, the charm and power of Beethoven is already evident in his first piano concerto and Brahms' 20 year labor of love, his first symphony, closes the program.

 

Messiah
Handel:Messiah
(Christmas portions)
3:00PM, Sunday, December 8, 2019
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Join the combined choirs of El Diamante and Golden West as they share the quintessential holiday work, Handel's Messiah. We'll share the Christmas portions of the nativity story with soloist and chamber orchestra in its original orchestration.

Sheila Willey, Soprano

Heather Jones, Mezzo-Soprano

Chad Kranak, Tenor

Ben Brady, Bass

Christmas Choral-Orchestral Classics
Holiday TunesTBA
Adrian High School Concert Choir
Steve Antalek, director
Tecumseh High School Choir
Brett Izquierdo, director
Samuel Barber:Die Natali (Chorale Preludes for Christmas)
8:00PM, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

Something special for this year’s Holiday program. We’re joined by the combined choruses from both Adrian High School and Tecumseh High School, who will team up to share some of the great works of the season for choir and orchestra.

Works both serious and light will put you in the holiday mood as our orchestra continues to showcase its virtuosity in Samuel Barber’s “Die Natali,” while accompanying the choirs on the works on the program.

 

Adrian Symphony Orchestra

Adrian High School Concert Choir
Steve Antalek, director

Tecumseh High School Choir
Brett Izquierdo, director

American Inaugurals
Barber:Overture to "The School for Scandal"
Fuchs:"Rush" for Alto-Saxophone and Orchestra
Jonathan Hulting Cohen, Alto-saxophone
Copland:Billy the Kid (Complete Ballet Music)
7:30PM, Saturday, January 25, 2020
Visalia Fox Theater
308 W Main St
Visalia, CA 93291

Early works by great American composers, including Copland and Barber highlight this program that also features last year's Grammy Award winning Saxophone Concert, "Rush" by Kenneth Fuchs.

 

MARVEL-ous Heroes!
7:00PM, Saturday, February 15, 2020
Dawson Auditorium
Dawson Auditorium S Charles Street
Adrian, MI 49221

What makes a hero? We all know our favorite movie themes from our heroes and heroines. Our annual film concert celebrates all of them, from the obvious to the not so obvious. Characters and costumes will abound!

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.

Artists: 

Adrian Symphony Orchestra
Bruce Anthony Kiesling, conductor

Andrew Tyson, piano