2019-2020 Season Dates – 86th Year of Your Hometown Symphony

Artistic Director Glen Cortese and Symphony President Robert Bour Announce 2019-2020 Schenectady Symphony Program

SCHENECTADY – Artistic Director, Glen Cortese and President, Robert Bour, today announced the 2019-2020 Season of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra’s 86th Season and Glen Cortese’s initial as Artistic Director, promises to be an exciting year

“Passing the Baton: Downbeat to a New Era”

Concert I  – “Mozart the Hero, Mozart the Legend”

Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Proctors GE Theatre – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, Conductor

The season opener – Glen Cortese’s first time leading the orchestra as Artistic Director – will be performed within the intimacy of the GE Theater and is a celebration of Mozart.

The concert will feature solo performances by orchestra members Beth Chinery, on flute and Karlinda Caldicott on harp.

Also joining the orchestra are vocalists, Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, Suna Gunther, Thomas Gunther and students from the vocal programs at The College of St. Rose and Skidmore College.

Program:

Overture to “Don Giovanni,” KV. 527

Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K. 299 II. Andantino

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 II. Andante

Opera/Vocal Excerpts

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Concert II Season “Just Another Variation”

Sunday, January 26 – Proctors Mainstage – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, Conductor

The Symphony’s second concert will feature Cellist, Natasha Farny. Ms. Farny made her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17.

Program:

Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations, Leonard Bernstein

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony #4 in E minor, Op. 98, Johaness Brahms

Concert III “The All American”

Sunday, March 22 – Proctors Mainstage – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, Conductor

With the opening of baseball season around the corner, the “All American” performance will include Copland’s “Lincoln,” accompanied by a special guest narrator and Cortese’s “Game Called” inspired by America’s Pastime and the poem, by the same name, written by Grantland Rice.

Program:

Narrators – Special Guest to be announced

A Lincoln Portrait, Aaron Copland

“Game Called” Glen Cortese

Symphony #9 in E minor, Op. 95 B.178, Antonín Dvořák

Concert IV “Season Finale”

Sunday, May 17 – Proctors Mainstage – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, conductor

Pianist Philip Edward Fisher, who will join the orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #1, is widely recognized as a unique performer of refined style and exceptional versatility. Fisher, began playing the piano at the relatively late age of 9, making his concerto debut only 3 years later.

The Octavo Singers will accompany the orchestra in performance of Beethoven’s Ninth.

Program:

Piano Concerto #1 in F# minor, Op. 18, Sergei Rachmaninoff

Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125, Ludwig van Beethoven

Special Guests – The Octavo Singers under the direction of Curtis Funk

For additional information or to schedule an interview contact Symphony Executive Director Steven Yuhasz at SchenectadySymphony@gmail.com or (518) 382-3884 ext. 211.

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