Monday, October 07, 2013

Then and Now

In 1949, conductor Lyman Wiltse made the long drive from Tampa for the first rehearsals of the Florida West Coast Symphony. Christopher Confessore, a Sarasota native and music director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, returns to conduct a repeat performance of the first orchestral concert that launched our remarkable 65-year journey. Enjoy several short classical favorites by Saint-Saëns, Berlioz and Strauss. Highlights include Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and the popular (then and now!) In the Still of the Night by Cole Porter. A video message from Music Director Anu Tali honors our past and signals a bright and exciting future.

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Christopher Confessore
NICOLAI Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)
SAINT-SAËNS Danse bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
BERLIOZ Hungarian March from La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24
GRIEG Last Spring from Two Elegiac Melodies for String Orchestra, Op. 34
J. STRAUSS JR. Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257
PORTER/SPIALEK In the Still of the Night
GLIÉRE Russian Sailor’s Dance from The Red Poppy

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