Rutgers Symphony Orchestra Fall 2016 Series

Orchestrate your Saturday night in our Rutgers Symphony Orchestra fall concert series, which features Beethoven, Ravel, and Debussy. Save the dates below and read on as Kynan Johns, the director/conductor of the series, provides some insight into the repertoire below.

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All events take place on Saturdays at Nicholas Music Center and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Rutgers alumni, employees, and seniors, and $5 for students.

September 24

Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony
"Beethoven 6, his pastoral symphony, is one of his few programmatic works. It depicts nature in all its guises, including a fantastic storm scene that inspired all composers that followed," Johns says. "And no words need to be said about Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which I'm sure will delight all to hear live."

October 22

Mijung Cho, piano
Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 in G Major; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 in D Minor
On Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony: "Much has been written about Shostakovich, his music and his life in relation to Stalin and the state pressures placed upon him. This work was written under the pressure of needing to show the state he'd heeded their criticisms and would write music for the masses and to celebrate the state... There is some discussion about whether the final tempo should be fast and true triumph (as Bernstein played it), or if it should be drawn out and be a false victory (as many have believed since). I've played it both ways, so we'll see in October which way we go.”

November 12

Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d’un faune, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (Suite No. 2) and L’enfant et les sortilèges
"The final program is also one I'm very much looking forward to," Johns admits. "Ravel's 'mini-opera'—L'Enfant et les sortileges—is just good fun. I've been trying to program it at Rutgers for the last five years. Complementing the program is the exquisite Daphnis et Chloé (Suite No. 2) and Debussy's Afternoon of the Faun, which every flute player lives to play. Sumptuous orchestration from these French masters."

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