2024-2025 Season at a Glance

 

Season subscribers get tickets to the full season of Classics concerts and are entitled to two additional tickets to a classics concert of their choice – to redeem, please call the symphony office at 805-543-3533.

Classics I: Organ Spectacular – Saturday, October 5, 2024
7:30 PM

Our 24/25 Classics season kicks off on Saturday October 5th with a celebration of the mighty Forbes Organ at the PAC, with guest soloist, Felix Hell, performing the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen’s iconic Sinfonia Concertante for Organ and Orchestra from 1926.  We open with a magical dance from olden times, originally written for piano and later orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, his Menuet Antique. We conclude with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor op. 98 from 1883, a work of both sweeping gestures, soulful yearning and sublime passion.

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Felix Hell

Classics II Paderewski Festival – Saturday, November 2, 2024
7:30 PM

Our second Classics concert, partners with the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, to bring famed Polish-Canadian pianist, Janina Fialkowska, to San Luis Obispo, to perform Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A minor.  A work inspired by the concertos of contemporaries – Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich – the second movement, is a beautiful song to life. Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute begins this concert, with the famed opening three chords signifying Sarastro banging on the door. We celebrate the 100th anniversary year of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the famous orchestrated version by Maurice Ravel.  This work has come to symbolize the great Russian tradition as well as Ravel’s expert orchestration. From the opening Promenade music heard on the trumpet to the bold brass theme that opens the final movement the Great Gate of Kiev.  A work of multiple components with walking or “promenade” music in between nine fully executed movements, as the composer takes us on a musical journey of great art.

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Janina Fialkowski

Classics III Classical Hits: Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven – Saturday, February 8, 2025
7:30 PM

This all-orchestral program includes two symphonies by famed contemporaries, Schubert and Beethoven.  Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony (No. 8) and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony (No.6), while Tchaikovsky’s tone poem, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy is more like a virtuoso work for orchestra, replacing the traditional concerto for this program.

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Classics IV: Novacek Plays Brahms – Saturday, March 8, 2025
7:30 PM

John Novacek is well known to San Luis Obispo audiences through performances with Festival Mozaic, and as their 23/24 Artist in Residence.  His acumen for big works will be on full display as he performs Brahms mighty Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat. We open with a work by northern Californian composer, Andre Myers. Myers serves on the composition faculty at Redwood University, and we conclude with Symphony No.3 by mid-nineteenth century French composer, Louise Farrenc. Farrenc served for more than twenty years, as professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire, and was herself a virtuoso pianist. She wrote three symphonies, choral and chamber works as well as many works for the piano. 

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John Novacek

Classics V: Elgar Cello Concerto – Saturday, May 10, 2025
7:30 PM

We welcome the return of Amit Peled to perform Elgar’s sublime Cello Concerto in E minor, a work considered to be the greatest cello concerto of the twentieth century. While Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, recounts in music, Mendelssohn’s seas journey to Fingal’s Cave in the Hebrides, we conclude with the popular Symphony No. 8 in G major by Dvorak. A work abounding in melody especially for the cellos.

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