Susanna Sings Strauss

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Great Alabama Soloists
Saturday, May 4, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC
Davidson Classical Series

Concert Details

Music Director and Conductor:
Gregory Vajda

Guest Artists:
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Matthew McDonald, bassoon

WeberOverture to Der Freischutz
WeberBassoon Concerto
WeberInvitation to the Dance
VajdaThe Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes
R. StraussFour Last Songs
WagnerOverture to The Flying Dutchman

The soprano Susanna Phillips and the bassoonist Matthew McDonald are two of Huntsville’s most accomplished musical natives; tonight they return home to help the HSO celebrate our state’s bicentennial year in grand style. The music of Carl Maria von Weber, a very popular composer at the time Alabama achieved statehood in 1819, figures prominently in the first half of the program. Maestro Gregory Vajda’s intensely personal setting of a poem by W. B. Yeats, Strauss’ penetrating Four Last Songs, and the thrilling overture to Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman bring the orchestra’s sixty-fourth season to a memorable close.  

Guest Artists

Matthew McDonald

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Susanna Phillips

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Sponsors


CONCERT SPONSOR:


THE JURENKO FOUNDATION

RUTH JURENKO, CAROLE & BUDDY JONES, AND JANET & DAVID BROWN


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