2022/23 Season Program
January 21, 2023
Opening Night at the Philharmonic
Strauss, R.: Don Juan
Mozart: Divertimento in D, K.136
Tan Dun: Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
Respighi: Pines of Rome
With one of the most popular repertoire beginnings and one of the most thrilling endings in all of classical music, this concert will show off our grand Concert Hall in interesting and creative ways.
February 25, 2023
featuring Misha Dichter, piano
Glinka: Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 (“Winter Dreams”)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
World-renowned concert pianist Misha Dichter performs a beloved Rachmaninoff work on our new 9-foot Steinway concert grand that he helped us choose. And our winter theme is well-represented by one of Tchaikovsky’s earliest compositions.
March 25, 2023
featuring Randy Steere, organ
Still, W.G.: Symphony No. 5 (“The Western Hemisphere”)
Barber: Toccata Festiva
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3
Acclaimed organist Randy Steere debuts our new, state-of-the-art digital organ that uses sampling technology to recreate the sound of virtually any instrument around the world. Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony will display all of Randy’s – and the organ’s – talents!
April 22, 2023
World Premiere Visual Concerto with Nicholas Bardonnay, multimedia artist.
Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
Bernstein’s tuneful dances are a fitting opener for this extraordinary concert. You will be awed by two stunning “visual concertos” created by Westwater Arts, featuring a world premiere commission showcasing panoramic photography of our region set to Dvorak’s evocative score. We’ll be joined by multimedia artist Nicholas Bardonnay who will project hundreds of live-cued images on a 440-square-foot wide screen behind the orchestra. Ticket prices for this World Premiere event are slightly higher. See Pricing for details.
May 20, 2023
featuring Liz Baldwin and Philip Lima, soloists
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
Dvorak: Te Deum (with Festival Chorus)
Boyer, P.: On Music’s Wings
We have combined community choruses in collaboration with conductor C. Thomas Brooks for this program, featuring the voices of Lyricora, Nashoba Valley Chorale, and Sounds of Stow, plus childrens’ choruses, and esteemed soloists Liz Baldwin and Philip Lima. Dvorak’s Te Deum and Peter Boyer’s inspirational On Music’s Wings are sure to rouse your spirits!
June 17, 2023
Heart & Solstice
featuring Kaoru Watanabe, flutes and taiko
Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Rachmaninoff : Symphony No. 2: III
It’s the weekend of the summer solstice and our season finale! Join us in a celebration of both our community and personal lives with momentous works like Beethoven’s joyous symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres. In between we’ll enjoy the meditative qualities of the shinobu flute and taiko featuring special guest soloist Kaoru Watanabe.