Concert Schedule

2019 - 2020 Season

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2019 – 20 | Soul of the Symphony

Cole Meets Gershwin

March 28, 2020 - CANCELLED

Featuring special guest Kevin Cole

Cole Meets Gershwin

March 28, 2020 – 8:00 PM – CANCELLED

Verdi’s overture to Nabucco includes one of his most famous tunes. Like Verdi, Gershwin had a gift melody and he melded classical and jazz styles in his concert music. Throughout history, there have been performers with a strong affinity for certain composers. Bay City native Kevin Cole is a world-famous Gershwin expert, and the SBSO is delighted to welcome him back to the Temple Theatre to perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.

Audience members will also experience a famous work from Russian composer Shostakovich. In the USSR, 25-year-old Shostakovich was condemned for what the government considered inappropriate learnedness. His fifth symphony was an attempt to rehabilitate himself. It was brilliantly successful, but is there an ironic tone the Soviets missed?

Featuring Kevin Cole, special guest.
The SBSO...Symphonie Fantastique!

May 9, 2020 - CANCELLED

The final concert of the season!

The SBSO…Symphonie Fantastique

May 9, 2020 – 8:00 PM – CANCELLED

The SBSO concludes the season with a fanfare by Michigan composer, Michael Daugherty, the brilliant Khachaturian violin concerto performed by SBSO’s own concertmaster Eliot Heaton, and a performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. This programmatic work was radical for its time and tells the story of the dreams and hallucinations of a musician, as he obsesses about his beloved for whom he feels both longing and jealousy. He glimpses her at a ball, in the countryside, and as he is marched to his execution. Finally he sees her transformation into a witch as she joins in the witches’ whirlwind sabbath celebrations.

Featuring Eliot Heaton, special guest.


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