2015-16 Concert Season
October 17, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Frederic Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
Leah Kang, piano
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (“Pathètique”)
Former Antelope Valley College music instructor Leah Kang performs Chopin’s first piano concerto, which the composer premiered as a farewell to his native Poland. Tchaikovsky acknowledged a “private and personal” program for his Sixth Symphony and considered it his greatest composition. Premiered only nine days before his death, the work has remained a cornerstone of symphonic repertoire ever since.
December 12, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata 147, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben”
Francis Poulenc, Gloria
With its timeless chorus “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Bach’s Advent cantata offers a beautiful start to the holiday season. Poulenc’s final work for chorus and orchestra, Gloria is a masterwork of sonority and color.
Stars of Tomorrow
March 26, 2016
Bach Competition Winners Recital | 7 p.m.
Orchestra Concert | 8 p.m.
Winners of the AVSOMC's 2016 Gail Newby Concerto Competition perform concerto movements with the orchestra. Bach Competition winners perform a prelude recital at 7 p.m.
2016 AVSOMC Bach Competition winners
William Suwandi—First Place, Instrumental, Division 1
Amy McKeown-Green—First Place, Instrumental, Division 2
May Schuberg —First Place, Piano, Division 2
Tim Schuberg—Second Place, Piano, Division 2
Ode to Joy
May 21, 2016 | 8 p.m.
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 123 (“Ode to Joy”)
Beethoven’s inclusion of choir in his final symphony helped establish it as a unique masterwork. Based on Friederich Schillerr’s An die Freude, the composition is a universal acclimation of brotherhood. Special guests the Southern California Mormon Choir join the Antelope Valley Master Chorale, the Antelope Valley Concert Choir, and the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra.