2019-20 Severance Season

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  • Romeo and Juliet Preview Image
    Romeo and Juliet

    September 19 & 20
    Prokofiev was a master at musical storytelling, and his ballet score to Shakespeare’s famous love story is his best-known and most passionate score.

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  • Mahler's Fifth

    September 26 & 28
    Mahler called his Fifth Symphony a “foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound.”  It begins simply enough, with a lone trumpet fanfare, but quickly explodes into one of music’s most passionate and thrilling symphonies.

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  • Brahms Symphony No. 3

    October 11 & 12
    Brahms was enjoying a trip to the Rhine when he was struck by a flash of inspiration.  He cancelled the rest his vacation plans and composed his Third Symphony virtually nonstop — in less than four months — in sharp contrast to the twenty years he spent on his First.

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  • Beethoven's Seventh

    October 17-19
    Its premiere in 1813, at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau during the Napoleonic Wars, was among the most applauded concerts of Beethoven’s life — a Viennese newspaper account said, “The symphony brought forth applause which rose to the point of ecstasy.”

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  • Hamelin Plays Liszt

    October 24 & 26
    Liszt’s musical and personal passions were legendary.  His long hair and penetrating eyes gave him the look of a rock star. His virtuosity at the keyboard was unmatched  — and people traveled for days to hear him play.  His First Piano Concerto brings together bravura daring with intense lyricism and poise.

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  • Beethoven's Eroica

    November 7-10
    Never underestimate the impact of Beethoven’s “Heroic” Symphony.  When it premiered, the audience was startled, — by its length, by its originality, by the revolutionary way in which the composer was bending musical rules without breaking them.

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  • Adams and Mahler

    November 14-17
    Written to memorialize and eulogize, to remember and commemorate the lives lost on 9/11, John Adams describes his Pulitzer Prize-winning work as a soundtrack “sewn together.”

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  • Hummel and Haydn

    November 21-23
    Fun-filled, warm, and tuneful, Haydn’s "London" symphonies are among his greatest achievements, and have been popular from their premieres more than two centuries ago.

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  • Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff

    November 29 - December 1
    Rachmaninoff was among the many eminent musicians present at the premiere of the Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, and his Fourth Piano Concerto pitches forth an almost jazzy, free-form kind of music — beautifully combined with a never-ending fountain of melodic harmonies.

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  • Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty

    December 5-7
    As much as any work written for the ballet, The Sleeping Beauty is a beloved classic — Tchaikovsky himself thought it one of his best works, “a dancing symphony” about fate and life woven from the old tale of a princess who pricks her finger and is put under a hundred-year spell to be awakened by a handsome suitor.

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  • Bronfman Plays Mozart

    January 9-11
    DVORÁK  Symphony No. 4
    MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 24
    JANÁCEK  Sinfonietta

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  • Shadows, Seas and Sorcerers

    January 30 & February 1
    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a beloved classic made famous by Mickey Mouse in Disney’s Fantasia.

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  • Sibelius's First

    February 6 & 8
    SIBELIUS  A Saga [En saga]
    KNUSSEN  Violin Concerto
    SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 1

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  • Beethoven and Mozart

    February 13-16
    BEETHOVEN  Overture to Egmont
    BEETHOVEN  Violin Concerto
    MOZART  Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)

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  • Tilson Thomas Conducts Symphonie Fantastique

    February 20-23
    BERLIOZ  Roman Carnival Overture
    BERLIOZ  Symphonie fantastique

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  • Blomstedt Conducts Bruckner

    February 27-29
    BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 5

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  • Mendelssohn's Second Symphony

    March 5, 7 & 8
    KRENEK  Static and ecstatic [Statisch und ekstatisch]
    MENDELSSOHN  Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang”)

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  • Schubert's Great Symphony

    March 12 & 14
    PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 2
    SCHUBERT  Symphony in C major (“The Great”)

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  • Dvořák’s New World

    April 16-19
    HARBISON  Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra
    PRICE  Symphony No. 4
    DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

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  • Debussy's La Mer

    April 23 & 25
    ADÈS  Overture, Waltz, and Finale from Powder Her Face
    STRAVINSKY  Violin Concerto
    STRAVINSKY  Symphony in Three Movements
    DEBUSSY  La mer

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  • Brahms Quartet

    April 30 & May 2
    ZEMLINSKY  Sinfonietta
    ZEHAVI  Piccolo Concerto
    BRAHMS  Quartet in G minor for Piano and Strings (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg)

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  • Truls Mørk Plays Dvořák

    May 7 & 9
    MOZART  Masonic Funeral Music
    MOZART  Symphony No. 39
    DVOŘÁK  Cello Concerto

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  • Jazz and Dadaist Art Film

    May 15
    WILLIAMS  Selections from Zodiac Suite
    MARTINU  Jazz Suite
    ANTHEIL  Ballet mécanique (with film)

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  • Opera: Lulu

    May 16, 19 & 22
    BERG  Lulu (2-act version)
    Opera presentation, sung in German with projected supertitles.

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  • The Nightingale

    May 23
    STILL  Poem for Orchestra
    KRENEK  The Nightingale [Die Nachtigall]
    SCHULHOFF  Symphony No. 5

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  • Welser-Möst Conducts Pictures at an Exhibition

    May 28-31
    DEUTSCH  New Work
    BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 3
    MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL  Pictures at an Exhibition

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