Concert Schedule

2020 - 2021 Season

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2020 – 21 | Music That Moves You


Home For the Holidays

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

This year’s annual holiday pops will be a virtual concert for the whole family to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Performances by the SBSO Brass Quintet and SBSO String Quartet will capture the magic of the season with all your holiday music favorites. You can even sing-a-long!

*The SBSO..Symphonie Fantastique

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Ruth Crawford Seeger, Andante for strings
Khachaturian, Violin concerto
Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique

American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger’s haunting Andante for strings from 1931 opens the program, and is followed by the brilliant Khachaturian violin concerto, with the SBSO’s own concertmaster Eliot Heaton as soloist. The evening is completed by a performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. This Romantic work was radical for its time. It tells the story of the dreams and hallucinations of a musician who 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 transformed into a witch as she joins in the witches’ whirlwind sabbath celebrations.

Featuring Special Guest Eliot Heaton

*A Life Remembered

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Jennifer Higdon, Fanfare ritmico
Fakhouri, Krupa
Mozart, Horn concerto no. 3, K. 447
Shostakovich, Symphony 5

American composer Jennifer Higdon’s percussive Fanfare Ritmico, which she calls a reflection on the speed of modern life, is followed by the premiere of Maestro Fakhouri’s Krupa, named for the pioneer American jazz drummer Gene Krupa. SBSO principal horn Bruce Bonnell is the soloist in Mozart’s delightful 3rd Horn Concerto, and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5 completes the program. Shostakovich had been condemned by the Soviet government for what they considered inappropriate learnedness, so Shostakovich wrote his 5th symphony to rehabilitate himself. He did so brilliantly and also ironically.

*Cole Meets Gershwin

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Elena Kats-Chernin, Zoom and Zip
Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F
Beethoven, Symphony 5

Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin’s rhythmically driven work for strings, Zoom and Zip, is followed by George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Gershwin’s gift for melody in which he melded classical and jazz styles is fully in evidence here. The SBSO is delighted to welcome Bay City native and world-famous Gershwin expert Kevin Cole to the SBSO stage as piano soloist.

The evening ends with what is surely the most famous symphony of all time, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Memorable for the first four notes that permeate the whole work, for the journey from C minor to the triumphal ending in C major, and for the first ever use in a symphony of piccolo, contrabassoon, and trombones, it gives an uplifting end to the Music That Moves You season.

Featuring Special Guest Kevin Cole

*These concerts are scheduled as live concerts. If social distancing restrictions are implemented, the concerts will be adapted to virtual concerts.


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