2022/23 Season Program

The Vista Philharmonic Orchestra’s 48th season features 6 dynamic performances, including a world premiere visual concerto in April.

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

Winter Rhapsody

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

Fleet Feat

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

Sonic Imagery

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

Voices Rising

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
  • Solo Taiko
  • Pärt:  Fratres
  • Watanabe: Shinobue

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.

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