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Join us as we return to Cary Hall
for our 2015–2016 season!
Lexington Symphony marks its return to the newly renovated Cary Hall with a blockbuster season of great music that will inspire, educate, and entertain people of all ages. The season opens with a bold tribute to the great impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Families with children of all ages can make lasting memories at our Holiday POPS! concerts, and be entertained and informed about the magic music lends to the movies at our Music from the Movies event. The biggest orchestra in Cary Hall history and a cast of world-renowned vocalists will take the stage to present THE ESSENTIAL RING, Part 1 — a selection of the greatest music from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. We’ll also explore classics by Felix Mendelssohn and Norman Dello Joio, revisit a composition created for us by Michael Gandolfi, and break down the barriers between orchestra and audience at our annual Concert in the Round.
February 13, 2016 | Saturday, 8 p.m.
During our 2013–2014 season, we commissioned three new works to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the town of Lexington. One of those works — Michael Gandolfi’s Fortune, Fate, and the Fool — drew its inspiration from Italo Calvino’s 1977 novel The Castle of Crossed Destinies, painting a portrait of the main character from that story, the Fool. A vivid and engaging musical representation, Norman Dello Joio’s New York Profiles depicts people and places of New York City, such as the Cloisters in uptown Manhattan, Little Italy, Central Park, and President Grant’s Tomb. Living in a time before digital cameras and cell phones, Felix Mendelssohn often wrote musical renderings of the places he visited as a tourist. His Symphony No. 3 is one of two such works he wrote after visiting Scotland.
Gandolfi | Fortune, Fate, and the Fool
Dello Joio | New York Profiles
Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
THE ESSENTIAL RING, PART I
A selection of the greatest music from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle
April 2, 2016 | Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Music Director Jonathan McPhee has long been inspired by Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which has a lot in common with another literary work, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Not only are there similarities in the stories, which both center around a magic ring, but both are also epic works: Tolkien’s missive takes 52 hours on average to read, while Wagner’s Ring Cycle takes approximately 16 hours to perform. Maestro McPhee has taken all four Ring Cycle operas and distilled them into two magnificent three-hour performances, keeping all of the essential elements. This premiere of Part 1 — which consists of the first two operas in the Ring Cycle, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walkure” — will feature a fabulous cast of international artists and the combined orchestras of Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire, who join together to meet the massive demands of Wagner’s “ideal” orchestra. (Stay tuned next season for the Part 2 conclusion.)
Alwyn Mellor, soprano | Brünnhilde
Jane Eaglen, soprano | Sieglinde
Joanna Porackova, mezzo-soprano | Fricka
Thomas Studebaker, tenor | Siegmund
Sarai Cole, soprano
Frank Kelley, tenor
Alfred Walker, bass-baritone
Richard Paul Fink, bass-baritone
Pawel Izdebski, bass
MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES
May 14, 2016 | Saturday, 8 p.m.
Without the spine-tingling, pulsing bass notes of John Williams’s Jaws theme, those Steven Spielberg beach scenes would have seemed just like any other day at the beach! Featuring some of the greatest music ever written for the big screen, our Music from the Movies concert explores the important role music plays in setting the scene and telling a story via the medium of film.
Afternoon family activities will precede the concert; stay tuned for details.
CONCERT IN THE ROUND
June 11, 2016 | Saturday, 7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to sit in an orchestra? Our Concert in the Round breaks down the traditional barriers between orchestra and audience by offering a unique circular seating arrangement on the floor of Cary Hall. Sit in the violin section or sit with the brass as ensembles from the orchestra take turns performing selected musical pieces in succession. Don’t miss this special opportunity to get “up close and personal” with Music Director Jonathan McPhee and Lexington Symphony musicians.
Sponsored by The Sonin Fund