Vallejo Symphony Concert I - Beginnings and Endings

Barber Symphony No. 1
Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3
Bobby Mitchell, piano
Dvořák Symphony No. 7

Modelled on Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7, Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1 launched his career. From great beginnings to profound endings, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, his last composition, was a birthday gift to his wife. I can’t wait to share the stage with the gifted Bobby Mitchell playing Bartok’s final testament! To conclude this concert, we begin our traversal of the last three symphonies of Antonin Dvořák. His Symphony No. 7 in D minor is one of his most fiery works, modeled on Brahms, but with Dvořák’s unmistakable, sparkling use of Czech folk idioms.

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Vallejo Symphony Concert II - Iconoclast

Harris Symphony No. 3
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Amalia Hall, violin
Dvořák Symphony No. 8

Premiered by the Boston Symphony in 1939, Roy Harris’s Symphony No. 3 set the bar for a unique American sound, with spacious textures and gorgeous harmonies that evoke our wide-open landscapes. Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, another masterpiece from the 1930s, features one of the most beautiful slow movements ever composed. I am excited to present international violin virtuoso Amalia Hall as our soloist. We finish with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, deeply inspired by Czech folk traditions. Underneath its sunny and genial nature, a new form of composition takes shape, where melody dictates structure.

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Vallejo Symphony Concert III - New World

Ives Symphony #3 (Winner Pulitzer Prize 1947)
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 (1943)
Zhengyi Bai, tenor.
Meredith Brown, horn
Dvořák Symphony No. 9

Our closing concert features the most famous symphony ever written— Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” composed in the U.S. and inspired by African-American folk traditions. American maverick Charles Ives wrote his Symphony No. 3 just 15 years later, but it was not premiered until 1947, when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Last, it is a great pleasure to welcome one of our orchestra’s own, Principal Horn Meredith Brown, to join Adler Fellow Zengyi Bai in one of the great song cycles of the 20th century: Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

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