Conductor Steven Errante says of the selections, “Who’s afraid of Charles Ives? His Symphony No. 2 is written in the grand Romantic tradition but full of distinctively American touches. And Bernstein’s music from West Side Story will have everyone snapping their fingers along with the Sharks and the Jets.”
Charles Ives was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who had a non-traditional style. Born in Danbury, Connecticut, on October 20, 1874, to a musician father, Charles Ives later started his own insurance business while composing on the side. He won the Pulitzer for his Symphony No. 3, with other noted works including Piano Sonata No. 2 and "The Unanswered Question."
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first American-born conductors to receive worldwide fame. Flamboyant, inspired and voracious in his conducting style, Bernstein got his big break conducting the New York Philharmonic in 1943. He was the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard.
The 2015-16 concert season is sponsored by Reeds Jewelers. Tickets are $25-$27 (plus tax) for adults and $6 (plus tax) for students and are available by calling the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office at 910-962-3500 or online at www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.