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Lexington Symphony’s 2014–2015 Season:
Celebrating 20 Years of Great Performances
VENUE | Lexington High School Auditorium, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA
Due to the renovation of Cary Hall, all concerts for the 2014–2015 season (with the exception of June’s Concert in the Round) will be held at the Lexington High School Auditorium.
Join Lexington Symphony in 2014–2015 as it celebrates its 20-year anniversary! Programming for this landmark season features music from around the world, including various works by renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, a collaborative performance with New World Chorale of English composer Sir Edward Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Additional offerings include our annual matinee and evening holiday concerts, and a special Valentine’s Day program exploring some of the greatest music ever written for the movies.
Conductor’s Talk by Maestro Jonathan McPhee is held one hour before all performances (with the exception of Holiday POPS! and Holiday Fanfare!).
September 20, 2014 | Saturday, 8 p.m.
Tubin | Estonian Dance Suite
Pärt | Lamentate for piano and orchestra, Diana Liiv, piano
Pärt | Fur Alina, Für Anna Maria, and Variations for the Healing of Arinushka, for piano
Pärt | Tabula Rasa for solo violin,viola, & string orchestra w/ prepared piano
Sibelius | Kariela Suite
Popular all over the world and offering insights into the moods and experiences of Estonia’s people, the music of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is spotlighted in this imaginative program, which we offer in honor of his 80th birthday. As a featured guest for the evening, we welcome pianist and fellow Estonian Diana Liiv, a favorite performer of Pärt’s works. Estonian composer Eduard Tubin’s (1905–1982) Estonian Dance Suite offers an engaging introduction to folk dances of the region, while the heroic Kariela Suite by Finland’s celebrated composer Jean Sibelius draws inspiration from the Finnish legends of the Kalevala, a 19th-century work of epic poetry based on folklore and mythology.
October 18, 2014 | Saturday, 8 p.m.
ACROSS THE POND
Butterworth | A Shropshire Lad
Elgar | Dream of Gerontius, with New World Chorale; Holly Krafka, Artistic Director
This program celebrates two of England’s most notable composers: George Butterworth and Sir Edward Elgar. Butterworth, one of the most promising English composers to emerge at the turn of the 20th century, died at the age of 21 at the Battle of the Somme in WWI. His masterpiece A Shropshire Lad demonstrates what great talent he possessed at such an early age. Elgar’s stunning choral masterpiece Dream of Gerontius — heard only twice in the past 28 years in Boston — marks the instant when a person leaves this world and the journey of the soul begins. Elgar’s melodies convey faith, sorrow, and wonder all at once in one of the most inspiring works ever written.
Sponsored by Lexington Symphony Concert Fund Partners
December 5, 2014 | Friday
4 p.m. | KIDS’ HOLIDAY POPS!
8 p.m. | HOLIDAY FANFARE!
Our holiday concerts have become a cultural cornerstone of the holiday season in Lexington. The 4 p.m. Kids’ Holiday POPS! matinee offers a program suited for families with young children, many of whom will count this experience as their very first symphony concert. The evening Holiday Fanfare! concert at 8 p.m. features holiday favorites that evoke joyous memories and music from many parts of the world. Sing along and celebrate with Lexington Symphony, friends, and family as we rejoice at this special time of year.
February 14, 2015 | Saturday, 8 p.m.
MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES
Music and film aficionados of all ages can celebrate Valentine’s Day at this unique concert featuring some of the greatest music ever written for the movies. This fun-filled evening will offer some surprises along the way (how does one write a piece of music for the movies, anyway?) as we explore the epic love themes, adventures, and boundless imagination at the heart of the cinematic experience.
April 11, 2015 | Saturday, 8 p.m.
David Hoose, Guest Conductor
Elgar | Serenade for Strings in E Minor
Tchaikovsky | Piano Concerto No. 1, Paul Carlson, piano
Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
The appetizer for this delectable program is English composer Sir Edward Elgar’s poignant and romantic Serenade for Strings. Our own wonderful pianist, Paul Carlson, offers up one of the most beloved Russian piano concertos of all time for the next course: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 features high drama and soaring melodies, ingredients Tchaikovsky uses well. Mendelssohn’s boisterous “Italian” Symphony No. 4 imparts the final flavor of the evening, balancing out this very European presentation for the senses.
June 13, 2015 | Saturday, 7 p.m.
CONCERT IN THE ROUND*
Get a new perspective on the orchestra, which is situated in the middle of Cary Hall for this informal summer evening concert. Audience members can change seats between musical pieces, which are performed by ensembles from the orchestra.
*Venue to be determined