The Triumph of Music: 2016-2017 Season



Myths, Tzars, and Musical Giants

May 5-6, 2017, 8PM
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
José-Luis Novo, conductor
Gluck, Orfeo and Euridice: Dance of the Furies
Brahms, Concerto for Violin
Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov: Introduction and Polonaise
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 7


Marvel at why Chagall picked two fascinating stories to include in his artwork at the Paris Opera Garnier: Orpheus from the Greek mythology, and Boris Godunov from the ever compelling Russian history.  If that is not enough to awaken your musical curiosity, maybe you will want to hear live the last and one of the best symphonies that Prokofiev wrote, and Brahms’s Violin Concerto, one of the most beautiful solo works ever created for violin and orchestra. 



Lovers and Dreamers

September 30 & October 1, 2016,  8PM
Midori, violin
José-Luis Novo, conductor
Beethoven, Concerto for Violin
Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene
Kodály, Háry János

Dance Mix

November 18-19, 2016 , 8PM
Christopher Janwong McKiggan, piano
José-Luis Novo, conductor
Dvořák, Scherzo Capriccioso
Long, Postures, for Piano and Orchestra, American Premiere
Adam, Giselle: Grand Pas de Deux from Act II
Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Suite
From the infectiously contagious bouncy rhythms and tunes of Dvořák’s Scherzo Capriccioso, through the joyful Piano dance of Zhou Long’s Postures, to the masterfully integrated essence of classical ballet in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Adam’s Giselle, this program explores how music and dance are so intrinsically linked to each other​.

Prague, Paris, and Cologne

March 3-4, 2017, 8PM
Fatma Daglar, oboe
José-Luis Novo, conductor
Mozart, Symphony No. 38 "Prague"
Martinů, Concerto for Oboe               
Mozart, Magic Flute Overture
R. Schumann, Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"

This is a marvelous example of composers finding inspiration in the culture and vibrant life of three major European cities. Mozart enjoyed a “love-at-first-sight” relationship with his Prague audience; Martinů flourished as an artist in Paris where he lived for 17 years, and Schumann found one of his most poignant musical depictions evoking the majestic architectural wonders of Cologne’s Cathedral in his Rhenish Symphony.

A Symphony of Colors

March 24-25, 2017, 8PM
James Ehnes, violin
José-Luis Novo, conductor
Beethoven, Fidelio Overture
Barber, Concerto for Violin
Wagner, Prelude and Liebestod (Tristan & Isolde)
Stravinsky, Firebird Suite
Re-discover some of the most influential composers in the history of symphonic music when you compare their different styles and their unique color palette as portrayed in a few of their most exemplary compositions. And a true symphony of colors is what you will be able to hear from the violin of James Ehnes, one of today’s hottest soloists.