The Vallejo Symphony launches its 78th season
Posted: 09/16/2009 08:08:20 AM PDT
Beethoven, Daugherty, Mozart and Sibelius figure largely in the Vallejo Symphony's 78th season, which begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in Hogan High Auditorium, 850 Rosewood, Vallejo. The four-concert program kicks off with Handel's "Music for Royal Fireworks," Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring guest Wonny Song, winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists auditions, on keyboard. Conductor David Ramadanoff - who has led the orchestra, one of the oldest civic ensembles in California, for more than 25 years - will close out the season-opener with Brahms' Symphony No. 1, sometimes call "Beethoven's 10th" for its sonic debt to the Romantic composer.
For tickets, $15 to $40, call 643-4441 or visit www.vallejosymphony.org. Season tickets, from $110 to $120, are also available.
The season continues Jan. 9 with works by Mozart, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Michael Daugherty's "Dead Elvis."
The third concert will be March 27, featuring Mozart's Overture to "Don Giovanni," conducted by Pamela Martin, Ramadanoff's wife, Strauss' Concerto for Horn, featuring Meredith Brown and Mozart's Symphony No. 39.
Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" opens the fourth and final concert of the season on May 1. Violinist Dawn Harms will be featured on Kernis' Air for Violin and Orchestra. Ramadanoff will also lead the 65-member orchestra in Sibelius' Symphony No. 2.