Classical Series A+C

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Twelve concerts, September 2019–June 2020

SEPTEMBER 28, 29 & 30, 2019

Brahms’ Second

Brahms’ jubilant Second evokes the burbling streams and fresh meadows of the Austrian countryside.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano 

Oscar Bettison: Remaking a Forest (World premiere commission)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

OCTOBER 26, 27 & 28, 2019

Beethoven’s Fifth

Even 200 years after its completion, Beethoven’s Fifth remains the most revered masterpiece in the repertoire.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

Gabriela Lena Frank: Walkabout: Concerto for Orchestra
Lutosławski: Cello Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

NOVEMBER 2, 3 & 4, 2019

Stephen Hough Plays Mendelssohn

The “Genius” grant winner returns to perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto, a hidden gem full of fire and drama.

Clemens Schuldt, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

L. Boulanger: Of a Sad Evening
L. Boulanger: Of a Spring Morning
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Schumann: Symphony No. 1, “Spring”

NOVEMBER 23, 24 & 25, 2019

Sibelius’ The Tempest

Sibelius meets Shakespeare, as a live theatrical cast brings drama to the Finnish composer’s moving incidental music.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
PSU Chamber Choir
Cast,
TBA

Sibelius: The Tempest

DECEMBER 7, 8 & 9, 2019

Prokofiev’s Fifth

Prokofiev’s richly melodic Fifth Symphony shimmers with the joy of one of the happiest times in his life.

Christian Kluxen, conductor
• Gabriel Kahane,
vocals

Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
• Gabriel Kahane: Selections from Book of Travelers
• Gabriel Kahane: Empire Liquor Mart
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

JANUARY 11, 12 & 13, 2020

Also sprach Zarathustra

Experience the drama of Richard Strauss’ instantly recognizable tone poem, famously heard in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Alexander Liebreich, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

John Adams: Scheherazade.2
Ives:
The Unanswered Question
R. Strauss:
Also sprach Zarathustra

FEBRUARY 8, 9 & 10, 2020

Pictures at an Exhibition

Embark on a musical stroll through an art museum in Mussorgsky’s perennial symphonic favorite.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Gabriella Smith:
Commission (World premiere)
• Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1
Missy Mazzoli: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24, 2020

Shostakovich’s Eleventh

Shostakovich’s cinematic Eleventh depicts the drama of the Russian Revolution of 1905 in vivid detail.

Robert Trevino, conductor
Sarah Kwak, violin

Walker: Icarus in Orbit
Menotti: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905”

APRIL 25, 26 & 27, 2020

Michael Curry’s Night of the Mayas

Award-winning designer Michael Curry draws from ancient Mayan tradition to create a mysterious setting for Revueltas’ La noche de los mayas.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Michael Curry,
stage designer/director

Villa-Lobos: Uirapurú
Dvořák: The Golden Spinning Wheel
• Revueltas: La noche de los mayas (The Night of the Mayas)

MAY 9, 10 & 11, 2020

Joshua Bell

The consummate violinist returns to perform Dvořák’s gloriously melodic Violin Concerto.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Dvořák: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

MAY 30, 31 & JUNE 1, 2020

Ravel’s Boléro

Ravel’s magnificent showpiece builds up to such astonishing intensity that it brings audiences to their feet every time.

Kazuki Yamada, conductor
• Baiba Skride,
violin

• Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor
Dutilleux: Métaboles
Bizet: Symphony in C
Ravel: Boléro

JUNE 6, 7 & 8, 2020

The Moldau and Water Music

The Classical Season comes to a joyous close with music celebrating the beauty, power, and mystery of bodies of water the world over.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• PSU Chamber Choir, Rose Choir,
and Thorn Choir
• Soloists,
TBA

Handel: Water Music
Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
• Vaughan Williams:
Symphony No. 1, “A Sea Symphony”

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