TSO’s 2020-2021 Season
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Central National Bank — concert sponsor
We’ll launch our Diamond Anniversary season with an evening of sparkling favorites for smaller orchestra, including the intimate and romantic Siegfried Idyll that Wagner composed as a surprise birthday present for his wife, and Dvorak’s charming Serenade for Strings. We’ll also perform Stravinsky’s lighthearted Dumbarton Oaks Concerto for small chamber orchestra. And we’re very excited to present Saint-Saens’ ever-popular musical portrait of the animal kingdom as we go through jungles, across the plains, and dive deep into the oceans with Carnival of the Animals.
Dvorak – Serenade for Strings
Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
Stravinsky – Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals
Imagine candles burning brightly on a birthday cake at this concert as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. We’ll play an all-Beethoven concert with possibly the most famous piece in the entire orchestral repertoire, Beethoven’s brilliant Fifth Symphony. And we will bring Sean Chen, the 2013 Crystal Winner of the Van Cliburn Competition, to perform the dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3 with us.
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3
With Sean Chen, Piano
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5
Shimmering Holiday Lights
Join us for an evening of holiday favorites in the season when Christmas lights and Hannukah candles shine brightly against the darkness.
Favorite holiday classics
Don’t miss this night of spectacular Russian orchestral fireworks, including the Topeka Symphony premiere of Stravinsky’s show-stopping Rite of Spring, along with Mussorgsky’s rambunctious Night on Bald Mountain. We’re also delighted to bring the 2020 TSO Young Artist Winner Nina Jaramillo to play the hauntingly beautiful Chaminade Concertino for Flute and Orchestra.
Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain
Chaminade – Concertino for Flute and Orchestra
With Young Artist Winner, Nina Jaramillo
Stravinsky – Rite of Spring
It’s always thrilling when we feature one of our own musicians as a soloist, so join us for this spectacular evening of music with principal cellist Eman Chalshotori playing Elgar’s stunningly beautiful Cello Concerto with the TSO. We’ll also play one of the true gems of the orchestral repertoire, Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, full of passion and beauty.
Elgar – Cello Concerto
Eman Chalshotori, Cello
Brahms – Symphony No. 2
This concert will feature Ravel’s shimmering La Valse that will take you to a swirling waltz party, at times beautiful and at times chaotic, in a virtuosic orchestral showpiece. We are also delighted to premiere an elegant song cycle of love poems by Christina and Dante Rosetti in a new setting for orchestra and soprano by Topeka’s own Gordon McQuere and featuring soprano Jennifer Forni. We’ll conclude with Mussorgsky’s orchestral masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition, a musical promenade through a collection of paintings by Russian artist Viktor Hartmann.
Ravel – La Valse
Gordon McQuere – Rossetti Songs
With Jennifer Forni, Soprano
Mussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition
Our final concert of our Diamond Anniversary year will take you to a galaxy far, far away as we perform music from the entire Star Wars movie franchise. Don’t miss the chance to hear these iconic musical masterpieces live with a full orchestra.
Star Wars – Suite for Orchestra