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2024/25 VPO Season Program

Celebrating a dramatic 50th Season in style.

Welcome to the Vista Philharmonic Orchestra’s 50th Season, and our third in the world-class Concert Hall at Groton Hill Music Center! We invite you to experience the exceptional performance quality of our orchestra in style. Maestro Bruce Hangen will guide us through a moving, insightful, inspiring season that blends favorite masterworks with challenging pieces from emerging and underperformed composers.

Together, we’ll experience the music of Beethoven, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Strauss, Shostakovich, and more, while enjoying guest artists whose unique global influences will add fresh flavor to these special 50th Anniversary performances.

“This hall has pushed us to new heights. The Vista Philharmonic is tighter, bolder, and better than ever. Every year, we’re seeing more and more new faces in the audience as the word spreads about this incredible orchestra.”
– Maestro Bruce Hangen, Artistic Director and Conductor.

Our orchestra has earned a reputation for seamlessly blending traditional and contemporary classical music, finding complementary threads among compositions that the audience can both hear and feel. That’s the true magic of performing under the baton of a master like Maestro Bruce Hangen, and one more reason to subscribe. It’s not about one piece or one performance. It’s about the way the entire season swirls about you, stimulating your mind and staying in your heart.

Subscriptions and individual performance tickets are on sale now!

OPENING NIGHT AT THE PHILHARMONIC

October 5, 2024 at 7:30pm

  • STRAUSS – Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • BATES – Sea-Blue Circuitry
  • RACHMANINOFF – Piano Concerto No. 2

Grammy winners, cultural touchstones, fan favorites, and phenomenal guests. What better way to kick off our 50th season? The lights will go down and the iconic opening notes of Also Sprach Zarathustra will ring out in the Concert Hall. This performance will be a sonic spectacle you don’t want to miss.

Featuring Joshua Mhoon, piano.

ODE TO JOY

November 9 at 7:30pm & November 10 at 3:00pm

  • BONDS – Montgomery Variations
  • BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9

A concert so good, we had to do two. Beethoven’s Ninth is always a crowd-pleaser, and this is our first chance to exhibit such a big, rapturous piece in the Concert Hall. Our performance will feature Maestro Bruce Hangen’s hand-picked guest vocalists alongside the exceptional Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester, conducted by Chris Shepard.

Featuring Brianna J. Robinson, soprano, Britt Brown, alto, Albert Lee, tenor, Kevin Deas, bass, and The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester – Chris Shepard, Conductor.

MUSIC WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

February 8, 2025 at 7:30pm

  • PIAZZOLLA – Tangazo (Variations on Buenos Aires)
  • VILLA-LOBOS – Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2
  • DESENNE – Concerto for 2 Flutes
  • COPLAND – El Salon Mexico

Our orchestra is thrilled to warm up your winter with pieces rooted in – and deeply reverential of – the full breadth of Latin American culture. We’ll perform these exciting pieces alongside world-renowned flutists Robert Langevin and Marco Granados.

Featuring Robert Langevin, flute, and Marco Granados, flute.

REMARKABLE ORIGINS

March 8, 2025 at 7:30pm

  • THOMPSON – Forward, Upward, Onward, Together (World  Premiere)
  • BARTOK – Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
  • DVORAK – Cello Concerto

This spell-binding night of music features Hungarian, Czech, and Bahamian composers, all of whom spent years honing their craft here in America. Their blend of influences and interests makes this trio of pieces a real thrill for the orchestra to perform and a statement on how diversity affects our art.

Featuring Nicholas Canellakis, cello.

STILL HOLDING ON

April 5, 2025 at 7:30pm

  • RAVEL – La Valse
  • RAVEL – Kaddish, from “Deux Mélodies Hébraiques”
  • ULLMAN – Slavonic Rhapsody
  • HAILSTORK – Survive (Symphony No. 4)

A prayer for peace, a celebration of endurance, and a commitment to change. It’s all there for us in this beautifully woven program for the orchestra featuring guest artist Kenneth Radnofsky on alto saxophone.

Featuring Kenneth Radnofsky, alto saxophone.

ARTISTRY PREVAILS

May 3, 2025 at 7:30pm

  • CADMAN – Selections from Daoma
  • SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 10

Our season finale celebrates diverse traditions and the transformative power of music, opening with an opera that blends romantic stylings with influences from the Omaha Nation, and closing with a symphony that declares the artist’s right to create in the face of immeasurable odds.

Featuring special guests, TBA.

Vista Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Magic

Saturday, 12/7 at 3pm & 7:30pm and Sunday, 12/8 at 3pm

Christmas Magic returns to the Concert Hall this year with a very special program of holiday favorites and family fun! We’ll be joined by special guests to fill the hall with the sound of anticipation and joy. Make Christmas Magic part of your family holiday tradition this year!

These shows are not available as part of a standard subscription, but patrons who purchase a 4, 5, or 6 show subscription for the 24/25 season will be able to add Christmas Magic tickets to their cart as part of an exclusive presale. Individual tickets will go on sale 5/1/24.

The Concert Hall at Groton Hill

Our home was built for world-class orchestral sound. Every detail, from the geometry to the sustainable mass-timber construction, helps to wrap each guest in warm, articulate, vibrant tone. Join us for an unforgettable season of music, plus on-site fine dining, convenient concessions, 5-star customer service, and ample free parking!

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