FREE Family Concert: Smitten by Britten

Smitten By Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 | 11:00 AM
FREE Family Activities at 9:30 AM

TICKETS AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1!

Fun and educational, the FREE Family Concert is a community favorite HSO tradition. Admission is open to the public and FREE of charge!
Join us for a marvelous symphonic tour tailored for children and families, featuring the full orchestra in music of Purcell, Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, and Britten’s celebrated The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
The concert begins at 11:00 am, but come early for FREE family activities and games beginning at 9:30 am Ticketing will become available on February 1. We’re excited to see you there!

An Innocent Man: The Music of Billy Joel

“Sing us a song tonight!” The musicians of the HSO are joined by our friends from Jeans ‘n Classics to present An Innocent Man, an evening of hits by the legendary Billy Joel. Known for his candid lyricism and his mastery of styles ranging from doo-wop and rhythm and blues, Joel has sold more than 150 million albums around the world. We’re delighted to pay tribute to one of America’s leading tunesmiths: “The Piano Man.”

 

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Bruckner 5

HK GruberAerial
BrucknerSymphony No. 5

The Fifth Symphony of the great Anton Bruckner is among his most intellectually rich works, and one that he never heard performed by an orchestra in his lifetime because he fell ill at the time of its premiere. It is celebrated for its thematic intricacy and for its brilliant conclusion. This piece is paired with a dazzling contemporary concerto, Aerial, by the Austrian composer HK Gruber – a sizzling tour de force for HSO Principal Trumpet Christopher Coletti.

 

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Rhapsody on a Theme

Saint-SaënsDanse macabre
RachmaninovRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43
TchaikovskyOrchestral Suite No. 3

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet,” Jorge Federico Osorio joins the HSO for a performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Woven into the fabric of this piece is a musical theme also featured at various points in the other selections on the program: Saint-Saëns’ wonderfully ghoulish Danse macabre and the delightful Suite No. 3 by Tchaikovsky. Join us for an evening of unforgettable Romantic Era music; perhaps you can identify the hidden theme!   

 

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The Music Gene

Are some people just born with it? Is music part of our DNA? Maestro Gregory Vajda and Dr. Rick Myers, one of America’s leading geneticists and the President and Science Director of Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, have teamed up to explore questions like these in a lecture set to music. Mark your calendar this intriguing dialog between science and music in the Paul Propst Center at HudsonAlpha’s beautiful, cutting-edge research campus.   

 

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Beethoven Triple Concerto

The HSO remains committed to ensuring your safety during HSO events. After carefully monitoring the development of the pandemic over the last few weeks, we are requiring that masks be worn at all times over the nose and mouth during our Classical 2 concert on November 12, even during the concert.

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Ravel             Le tombeau de Couperin
                      Sonata for Violin and Cello
Beethoven     “Triple” Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Chamber music and the full symphony orchestra meet in this evening’s unique program. Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, a perennial favorite, highlights the colors of a chamber orchestra while paying patriotic tribute to the French musical tradition. His Sonata for violin and cello is a strikingly different work, experimental and virtuosic in character. The imposing Triple Concerto, composed by Beethoven for his patron and student, the Archduke Rudolph, is a marvelous essay for piano trio and orchestra, among Beethoven’s favorites of his own work.

Dvořák Dances & Serenades

As we head into our 2021-2022 season, the HSO remains committed to ensuring your safety during HSO events. After carefully monitoring the development of the pandemic over the last few weeks, we are requiring that masks be worn at all times over the nose and mouth during our Classical 1 concert on September 24, even during the concert.

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DvořákSlavonic Dances Nos. 1-3
Serenade for Winds
SukSerenade for Strings
DvořákSlavonic Dances Nos. 6-8

Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, like the Hungarian Dances of his mentor Brahms, were crafted to capture the spirit of eastern Europe for the benefit of a wide audience. We’ll enjoy these festive pieces alongside the composer’s picturesque Serenade for wind instruments – while keeping it in the family with the gorgeous, intimate Serenade for strings by Josef Suk, Dvořák’s son-in-law.

Mahler Resurrection

MahlerSymphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

“It struck me like lightning,” Mahler wrote of his “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2. Premiered in 1895, it remains one of his most enduring offerings. A choral symphony written for a very large orchestra and host of singers, the Second is an inspired exploration of life, death, and the hereafter, ideas which would go on to occupy much of Mahler’s later work. Join the HSO and the Huntsville Community Chorus for a stunning, transcendent, unforgettable season finale.

 

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Eileen Ivers: Fiddle on Fire!

Winner of nine All-Ireland fiddling championships, with 80 albums and film scores to her credit, the amazing Eileen Ivers rings in the new year with a celebration of Irish influence in American music – from Appalachian melodies to railroad work songs and Southern-fried blues. Join Eileen and her ensemble for this one-of-a-kind, unforgettable festival evening: Fiddle on Fire!

 

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Who’s Afraid of Living Composers?

The HSO values our relationships with partners throughout the community, and as such, we remain respectful of our partners’ safety guidelines related to the pandemic. In order to ensure the safety of their students, faculty, and staff, UAH requires that masks are worn over the nose and mouth at all times while on the UAH campus. Therefore, masks are required at all times during the HSO’s Casual Classics 1 concert at the UAH Roberts Recital Hall on September 26, even during the concert. We are grateful for your cooperation.

Joshua Burel, William Price, and Amir Zaheri, composers

Contemporary classical music thrives in all corners of the world, including our home state of Alabama. This introspective program of new music will showcase recent compositions by three noted Alabama composers. You know Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms – but what about the composers living right next door?

Maybe your neighbors include engineers, nurses, or teachers – but what if one of them is a composer, of all things? Today’s program focuses on exciting new works by living composers right here in Alabama: Joshua Burel from Huntsville, Birmingham’s William Price, and Amir Zaheri, who comes to us from Tuscaloosa. Join us in Roberts Recital Hall on the UAH campus for an afternoon of exciting new music and engaging discussion by these three fantastic composers from the University of Alabama system.

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