Classic Concerts

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8pm
featuring Sean Chen, piano
Brahms  |  Academic Festival Overture
Beethoven  |  Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
Tchaikovsky  |  Symphony No. 5

The season opens with a rollicking potpourri of student drinking songs!  Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture was a thank you “note” to the University of Breslau for presenting him with an honorary doctorate.  Sean Chen, the charismatic winner of the 2013 American Pianists Awards and Van Cliburn Medalist, performs Beethoven’s bold Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”). The evening closes with Tchaikovsky’s majestic and rousing Symphony No. 5.

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Veterans Day Salute (Classic & Bravo)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8pm
featuring images by
Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater ArtsCitizen Soldier
Paul Murtha  |  In Selfless Service...
(Fanfare, Reflection, and Celebration) - World Premiere
Copland  |  Quiet City, No Man’s Land (WWI)
Vaughan Williams  |  Symphony No. 5 in D Major,
III. Romanza, Citizen Soldier (WWII)
Barber  |  Essay No. 2
Rodgers  |  Victory at Sea (excerpts)
Copland  |  Lincoln Portrait

Our tribute to the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces begins with the world premiere of In Selfless Service... written by retired Army Band Chief Arranger, Paul Murtha. In remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of WWI, Aaron Copland’s poignant Quiet City will accompany a photo montage of “The Great War.” WWII images commemorating the 75th anniversary of mankind’s most widespread conflict will be underscored by the third movement of Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5.  The program also includes Veteran Samuel Barber’s Essay No. 2, excerpts from Richard Rodgers stirring Victory at Sea, and Copland’s inspirational, Lincoln Portrait.
Image (c) Westwater Arts

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Rachel Barton Pine

Trailblazers
(Classic & Applause)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 8pm
featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Smetana  The Moldau
Mozart  Violin Concerto No. 5
Beach  Symphony in E Minor, Op. 32  “Gaelic"

Smetana’s symphonic poem The Moldau sets the tone for this evening of musical trendsetters. The Anchorage Symphony is honored to welcome back Rachel Barton Pine a violinist heralded as the most charismatic, virtuosic, and compelling American violinist of her generation. We close the concert featuring another remarkable American musician - Amy Beach - performing the ASO premiere of her Gaelic Symphony - the first symphony, or any type of symphonic work, ever composed by an American woman and premiered by the Boston Symphony in 1896.

photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco
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Shades of Passion (Classic & Bravo)Megan Bledsoe Ward
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8pm
featuring Megan Bledsoe Ward, harp

Villa-Lobos  Bachianas Brasileiras  No. 4
R. Murray Schafer  Concerto for Harp & Orchestra
Scriabin  Symphony No. 4, Poem of Ecstasy
Ravel  Boléro

Fusing the verve of Brazilian music with the lyrical themes of J.S. Bach is concert opener, Villa-Lobos’ festive Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4.   Scriabin’s aptly titled Poem of Ecstasy delivers on themes of passion, love, and creativity. Hailed by Downbeat Magazine for her “scintillating plays of light and subtle colors,” ASO harpist Megan Bledsoe Ward performs Concerto for Harp and Orchestra by preeminent Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. What better closer than Ravel’s intense and rhythmic Boléro!

photo by Sy Bean

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Leonard Bernstein

Candide
Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8pm
(Classic and Applause)
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4pm
(Bravo)
Collaboration with Anchorage Opera

Bernstein  Candide

Celebrating the 100 birthday of legendary composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, the Anchorage Symphony partners with Anchorage Opera to bring you Candide. Based on the novella by Voltaire, this operetta tells the story of Candide and his friends as they go on a round-the-world romp of idealistic optimism that clashes with a series of absurdly unfortunate events.


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