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A journey into the heart of Russian repertoire begins with Mussorgsky’s evocation of dawn on the Moscow River. Prokofiev’s popular concerto abounds in rhythmic vitality and Slavic lyricism. With the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony—in the hands of Maestro Zander—you can expect an utterly fresh reading of a well-loved masterwork.
Echoing the mysteries of the sea, Debussy’s La Mer summons the emotional power and psychological depths of wind and waves. Composer Stella Sung’s Oceana introduces a watery dialogue between marine and human life. And Moby Dick rises again in the haunting music of Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite composer.
The Akron Symphony Orchestra and the powerful voices of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir come together for an inspired community celebration. It is one of Northeast Ohio’s proudest and most enduring musical traditions. This performance, which has created numerous memories since its debut in 1994, promises to deliver something new, fresh and homegrown.
An evening commemorating the 60th anniversary of NASA and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. John Adams’ orchestral ball-of-fire A Short Ride in a Fast Machine raises the curtain, opening the way to intensely vibrant scores by two of the greatest film composers of all time. Richard Strauss’ tone poem about the human condition, Also sprach Zarathustra, provided Stanley Kubrick with the signature music for the opening sequence of his 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Eroica Symphony bursts with the revolutionary spirit of its original dedicatee, Napoleon. Resulting from an explosion of creativity, it was Beethoven’s favorite of his own symphonies. Mass in C is also from his great Middle Period, a time when Beethoven counteracted his hearing loss by fueling his music with heightened expression.
Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score changed the course of Broadway history. Picking up where George Gershwin left off, Bernstein’s musical is a hot concoction of Latin jazz, Broadway romance, popular song, tension-filled ensembles, and classical charm. The complete 1957 score is performed in its original splendor.