Welcome, everyone, to our 79th season!
We are still on a musical “high” from our incredible April 30th performance of Handel’s Messiah, and are already scheming creative plans for our 80th anniversary season in 2018-2019. In between, however, we have yet another amazing season in store!
It takes many roles for many people to keep a symphony orchestra going, and many of us function in more than one role. This season, entitled “Role Play,” is intended to showcase the ways our guest artists and musicians assume various roles to present the most invigorating concerts possible.
Phil Aaberg, guest pianist for our July summer pops concert, exemplifies this versatility as he joins us as both composer and performer for one of our most eclectic concerts to date. Then in October we begin our classical season with a gifted young pianist, Matthew Lorenz, playing Liszt’s Totentanz. Additionally, the BSO will show its power and flexibility in our first ever performance of Berlioz’ Symphony Fantastique. Music that accompanies operas is traditionally performed in the stage’s “pit,” but in November, we keep the orchestra’s role on stage for a delightful program of opera arias featuring acclaimed tenor J. Warren Mitchell as he takes on many of the opera world’s most famous roles. For our holiday concert, the orchestra becomes the featured role, as we share holiday favorites as well as music and film, “The Snowman.”
In February, we present a most creative program by bringing one of our section trumpet players, Mark Nelson, to the front of the orchestra as a soloist, and by featuring music on the solo trumpet that is usually performed by other instruments or soloists. March is Women’s History Month, and we are thrilled to be presenting cellist Hannah Holman in her BSO debut in a concert that reflects Ms. Holman’s research on music written for famous female cellists. We will also feature one of the most popular pieces of our current century by one of the most sought after female composers of all time, Jennifer Higdon, as we perform her “Blue Cathedral.” We wrap up the season with exhilarating pianist Russell Hancock performing the Grieg Piano Concerto, along with the orchestra fulfilling perhaps its most important role—that of being a performance vehicle of great orchestral repertoire—as we perform Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.
We never take for granted YOUR role as our faithful audience. Your engagement in our concerts creates an energy we can feel, and this synergy between our orchestra and audience is one of the things that make the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra so special.
With much gratitude,
Summer Pops Concert:
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM
"Westbound: Don't Stop" with Philip Aaberg
1. Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM:
2. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM: “Opera Roles”
3. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM:
“The Snowman: Music & Film”
4. Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM: “Trading Places”
5. Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM:
“A Woman's Role”
6. Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00 PM:
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