The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) is excited to announce their 2012-2013 Season, “Musical Journeys” under the direction of Music Director Brett Mitchell.
This marks Mitchell’s third season with the 77-year strong Orchestra. “Musical Journeys” sets out to explore music that relates to significant physical locations across the globe as well as prime milestones in the journey that is human life.
The season will embark on September 29th with “A Parisian Soirée,” featuring music with strong allusions to romance by French composers. The evening leads off on a very lively foot with Emmanuel Chabrier’s vivid masterpiece España. From there, the Orchestra will charm the audience with several key selections from the famous opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. Maurice Ravel’s La valse, a piece dedicated to the rise and fall of the waltz, will keep the evening intriguing. The Orchestra will conclude the evening with two pieces from Claude Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, a tribute to one of the most important poems in French literature and La mer, an intimate and deep portrayal of the ocean. Mitchell aims to create a “great, festive evening of celebration to open our 77th season.”
“Musical Journeys,” much like its preceding season, will continue to explore some exciting new collaborations in the region, as well as bring in some guest artists to accompany the Orchestra.
The ever-popular holiday pops concert– “A Classical Christmas Returns” on December 4th– is a fitting example of such collaborations. States Maestro Mitchell, “[I’m] Very excited to welcome a CMU faculty member to solo with us on our annual holiday concert: bass-baritone Eric Hoy Tucker will sing a beautiful work by Vaughan Williams called Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Also on that program is a group I’ve looked forward to working with for a long time: The Center Stage Chorale at the Midland Center for the Arts and its artistic director and conductor, James F. Hohmeyer. Working with these great artists from right here in our own backyard is a testament to what great talent we have here in mid-Michigan, and I couldn’t be more delighted than to share the stage with them this December.”
February 9th marks Mitchell and the SBSO’s next step in their progression through Beethoven’s symphonies with his sixth, Pastorale, inspired by his frequent walks through the beautiful Vienna countryside. Pastorale is augmented by two more contemporary pieces by American composers that also resonate with nature and American folklore: John Adams’ Common Tones in Simple Time, described as a “pastoral with a pulse” and Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto, featuring guest violinist Angela Fuller.
Providing her angelic voice for the March 23rd concert “The Heavenly Life,” Rebekah Camm aids in the Orchestra’s exploration of joy and bliss of the afterlife with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Aaron Jay Kernis’s Musica Celestis and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 add to the repertoire, bringing Heaven to Earth.
The season finale, “Russian Milestones,” will tie up another ambitious season for the Orchestra with a powerful declaration. More than eighty orchestra members will be on stage for the May 4th spectacle, which will feature two legendary masterpieces from Russia’s most prominent composers. Joan Kwuon joins the SBSO for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, followed up by Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Maestro Mitchell describes the experience as “stellar playing from our world-class guest soloist on probably the most Romantic piece you’ll ever hear, and the unbelievable virtuosity of our orchestra in executing one of the most technically challenging, rawest, most savage works ever created.”
The renewal for season ticket holders has begun with a deadline of July 13th, 2012. The SBSO will continue its 50% off for new season ticket holders. Restrictions do apply. Call the Temple Theatre today at 989-754-SHOW to purchase tickets for the 2012-2013 Season and join us for “A Parisian Sourée” on September 29th 2012!