It's time for us to all use music in the way we need most, so...let's celebrate the return of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra to the stage where it awaits its audience! Let's celebrate our young people returning to school with Brahms' famous Academic Festival Overture. Let's fête BSO principal horn Rebecca Jyrkas as she steps to the front of the stage to play the music of Richard Strauss. After the intermission, we'll feature a young violinist, Vladimir Tsiper, performing the final movement of one of the violin's most beloved concertos. Finally, we'll encounter a mystery, a sweet lullaby, the magic of the Firebird, and a wedding scene that tops them all with music by Stravinksy. Let's celebrate!
The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Manny Laureano, is proud to present the music of two composers for this concert, each with a language that speaks to our hearts and imaginations. William Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony is a rediscovered American gem that paints portraits through his impeccable orchestration, and melodies supported by perfect harmonies. Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto for Violin in D Major is a model of presumed simplicity and musical economy that manifests as poetry, line by line. The BSO will welcome back concertmaster Michael Sutton to center stage as he offers his take on this time-tested masterpiece.