Jean Sibelius’ life-affirming Symphony No. 5 headlines the February 6th concert. The breathtaking beginning of the last movement was reportedly inspired by the sight of sixteen swans taking flight in his homeland of Finland. Sharing the spotlight will be winners of the 39th Annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. Alexei Mejouev is featured soloist in the first movement of Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, David Oh performs the first movement of Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, and Paige Zalman has the solo role in Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra.
Dr. Richard R. Deas helped create the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in 1971. As UNCW Department of Music Chair at the time, he assisted in developing the annual student concerto competition in 1976 to give talented young musicians an opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra.
Looking ahead to April 23rd, a spectacular finish to a season of symphonies, the concert includes Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, a colorful early work brimming with American tunes.
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 contacting the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office by calling 910-962-3500 or online at www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.