Drawn from Inspiration
A Letter From Our Music Director
We are delighted to present our new season: Drawn from Inspiration. While planning repertoire for this year, it has been fascinating to discover what inspired each composer to produce these wonderful masterpieces.
My goal as Music Director is, along with our fine musicians, to bring you the finest symphonic repertoire possible. Our opening concert features the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and my friend, New York City violinist Sean Lee performing the Wieniawski Concerto No. 2, followed by Schumann’s 2nd symphony, a less-often played but gorgeous work, inspired by Beethoven’s mighty Eroica Symphony and Schubert’s Great 9th Symphony, two pieces TMO has performed in the recent past.
Local musical theater stars Emily Flack and Shannon Flack, daughters of our Assistant Concertmaster Stephanie Flack, join us in December to usher in the holiday season for this family-friendly Sunday afternoon concert. Selections from the iconic Broadway show Frozen, a medley from popular movies Home Alone, The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and others will be featured, along with seasonal favorites involving sleigh bells, jingle bells, whip-cracking, a man in a red suit, and of course a carol sing-along. Bring the kids!
The youthful, effervescent Bizet Symphony in C shows off our talented oboe section in the slow movement, and is the perfect prelude to the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto; one of my very favorite pieces, featuring one of TMO’s most beloved soloists, pianist Thomas Pandolfi.
Our grand finale? The popular New World Symphony by Dvorák, inspired by Dvorák’s homesickness for his homeland of Prague, after moving to America. Lastly, I am delighted to feature our Principal Clarinetist Russell V. Gross, Jr. – a 28-year veteran of TMO – performing the Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto.