Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

AND GLORY SHONE AROUND

The Orange County monthly magazine recently called the GNSO annual Holiday Concert one of the five things you ‘must do’ in the Hudson Valley this holiday season. With a mixed local chorus and spectacular soloists, this is sure to be a highlight for everyone.

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Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

TRANSFIGURATION

This wonderful program centers around the idea of transformation. With Richard Strauss’ incredible tone-poem Death & Transfiguration that looks back over the hero’s life and then culminates in his ascent, Wagner’s alternately earthly and celestial Lohengrin preludes, an exciting work by living female composer Missy Mazzoli about the Detroit skyline, and Tchaikovsky’s irresistible Sleeping Beauty Suite, this concert is certain to be a winner.  

 

Mazzoli                        River Rouge Transfiguration

Strauss, R                    Death & Transfiguration

Wagner                       Lohengrin Prelude Acts I & III

Tchaikovsky                 Sleeping Beauty Suite

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May
2
7:30 PM19:30

LATE TWILIGHT

The Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss are amongst the most divinely ravishing meditations on cycles of life, time and age in existence. While Ravel’s La Valse is an incisive replica of Viennese waltzes but viewed through the lens of history post-World War 1, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony is a bittersweet farewell to the old world in the rapidly changing social landscape of the late nineteenth century. In combination, these works offer a compelling glimpse of an era at its close.

 

Ravel                           La Valse

Strauss, R                    Four Last Songs

Brahms                        Symphony No. 4

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Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

THE SWAN BECOMES THE SUN

Sibelius’ composing hut was situated under a migration path of Finnish swans. And so, every year he bade farewell to these majestic creatures and awaited their return after the long winter. His Fifth Symphony climaxes with a glorious melody he called his ‘Swan Theme’. To tie in with this poetical idea, we have Nielsen’s Helios Overture, an ode to the sun, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite.    

 

Nielsen                        Helios Overture

Tchaikovsky                 Swan Lake Suite

Sibelius                        Symphony No. 5

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May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Redemption - GNSO

Shostakovich               Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Interlude Act I & II

Wagner                       Tristan und Isolde Prelude & Liebestod

Shostakovich               Symphony No. 5

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Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Threading Strands - GNSO

Stephenson                 Printemps

Grainger                      Irish Tune from County Derry

Pärt                             Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Vaughan-Williams      Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

Rautavaara                 String Suite

Grieg                           Holberg Suite

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Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

Thrill of Hope - GNSO

GNSO's second annual Holiday Concert will again feature lush orchestrations of holiday favorites and an incredible team of soloists. Selections will include Schubert’s Ave Maria, as well as Greensleeves, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, music of Hanukkah, plus more secular songs like Let it Snow!, White Christmas, and Winter Wonderland. It will conclude with our new annual tradition of audience participation in our Finale medley.

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Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Birth to Earth (Three Centenaries) - GNSO

Debussy                     Afternoon of a Faun

Holst                           Mars: The Bringer of War (from The Planets)

Butterworth                The Banks of Green Willow

Bernstein                    Chichester Psalms with West Point Glee Chorus

Bernstein                    West Side Story Symphonic Dances  

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