2016-2017 Masterwork Series
Four Centuries of Orchestra Music | September 17, 2016
Britten | Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell
The Wilmington Symphony’s first Masterworks concert in the splendid CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center showcases the orchestra with sounds ranging from the antiphonal brass choirs of 17th-century Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli to the full symphony in Benjamin Britten’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell.
Seasons and Serenades | October 22, 2016
Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, violin
Piazzola | Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Tchaikovsky | Serenade in C
Žeželj-Gualdi returns with another ingenious and captivating work- Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, where strains of Vivaldi are mingled with exciting tango-inspired dances. Music for strings continues with Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade in C, a work the composer regarded as one of his finest.
Schubert's 'Great' | November 12, 2016
Mozart | Grand Partita
Schubert | 'Great' C Major Symphony
The “Grand Partita” by Mozart whose exquisite beauty tormented Salieri in the feature film Amadeus is paired with Franz Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony, music originally thought to be so difficult that it wasn’t performed until 11 years after the composer’s death.
Operatic Orchestra | March 18, 2017
Kevin Lawrence, violin
Dvořák | Violin Concerto
Strauss | Dance of Seven Veils
Chair of the String Department at UNC School of the Arts, Kevin Lawrence joins the Symphony for Antonin Dvořák’s tuneful Violin Concerto. Also on the program is a selection of preludes, interludes, and dances from the world of opera, including Richard Strauss’s exotic Dance of the Seven Veils.
Season Finale | April 22, 2017
Justin Hoke, guitar
Leo Brouwer | Conciorto Elegiaco
Shostakovich | Music from The Gadfly
Cuban composer Leo Brouwer (known for scoring the film Like Water for Chocolate) has written prolifically for the guitar, and Justin Hoke makes his WSO debut playing Brouwer’s Concierto Elegiaco. The Symphony rounds out the season with Dmitri Shostakovich’s sparkling music for the Soviet film The Gadfly.