Upcoming Shows

Masterworks Series I

October 3rd - 7:30pm
SOU Recital Hall, Ashland

October 4th - 7:30pm
Craterian Theater, Medford

October 5th - 3pm
GPHS Performing Arts Center, Grants Pass

Program Info:

Rogerson: Oaken Sky

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
Bella Hristova, violin

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Rogerson’s Oaken Sky is a captivating modern tone poem, masterfully orchestrated. It will prepare your senses for the delicate, yet fiendishly difficult Violin Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev, played by Bella Hristova, the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner. It is one of the most sensitive pieces of Prokofiev – he was in the midst of a love affair when he wrote the first theme, and this influence is hard to deny.

The second half of the concert is reserved for the piece that singlehandedly started the Romantic revolution: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”. Originally dedicated to Napoleon, Beethoven was so upset when Bonaparte made himself Emperor that he tore the title page in half and threw it on the floor. What remained was one of the greatest symphonies of all times, with the famous Funeral March in place of the second movement and a new dedication to the “memory of a great man.”

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Masterworks Series II

November 7th - 7:30pm
SOU Recital Hall, Ashland

November 8th - 7:30pm
Craterian Theater, Medford

November 9th - 3pm
GPHS Performing Arts Center, Grants Pass

Program Info:

Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette: Love Scene

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tanya Gabrielian, piano

Honegger: Symphony No. 4

In his memoirs, Hector Berlioz wrote: “If you now ask me which of my pieces I prefer, my answer will be that I share the view of most artists: I prefer the adagio (the Love Scene) in Romeo and Juliet.” I also fell for this Love Scene – and had actually programmed it before I knew of the quote. In the Love Scene, Berlioz exquisitely captures the innocence, the budding feelings and finally the tender expressions of affection between the two young lovers.

In 1868, Paris saw the premiere of what has arguably become the most popular French piano concerto of all times. Saint-Saëns was 33 years old when he wrote Piano Concerto No. 2 and he already had an illustrious career behind him. A prodigy on par with Mozart and Mendelssohn, he soon became the leading intellectual among composers of the Romantic era. In this Concerto, he combines the best of the French and the German compositional school, creating a truly synthetic work of art. The Concerto will be brought to life by Tanya Gabrielian, the international competition winner and art activist.

The Swiss composer Arthur Honegger spent most of his life in Paris and the French culture was very much in his blood. But when he received a commission from the orchestra in the Swiss town of Basel, he revealed where his heart truly was. Inspired by the Swiss countryside, the Symphony subtitled Deliciæ Basiliensis contains some of the most lyrical music that ever came from the pen of a “French” composer.

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Handel's Messiah

December 12th - 7:30pm
Newman United Methodist Church, Grants Pass

December 13th - 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, Medford

December 16th - 7:30pm
SOU Recital Hall, Ashland

Program Info:

Handel: Messiah part 1 & 2

The RVS Messiah concerts in 2012 were received with a tremendous enthusiasm and I simply could not wait to bring this Handel’s masterpiece back to you. Once again, the RVS is pairing with the wonderful Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. We are also bringing four outstanding soloists in, all of them experts in Baroque interpretation. You will hear more music than in 2012 – we are adding both choruses and arias to make this Messiah even more special.

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Masterworks Series III

January 16th - 7:30pm
SOU Recital Hall, Ashland

January 17th - 7:30pm
Craterian Theater, Medford

January 18th - 3pm
GPHS Performing Arts Center, Grants Pass

Program Info:

Adams: The Chairman Dances; Foxtrot for Orchestra

Grieg: Piano Concerto
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov is perhaps the most famous among the Romantic composers forays into the world of exoticism. The luxuriously rich orchestration brings the world of the One Thousand and One Nights to life with an amazing immediacy. John Adams is also exploring an uncharted territory – the life in China that had replaced the Great Wall with the Iron Curtain. In Chairman Dances from the opera Nixon in China, it is the foxtrot dance that is making the first dents in the wall of China’s self-imposed isolation from the West.

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