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The Knox-Galesburg Symphony announces its 68th season, the first
with new Music Director, Vlad Vizireanu. This season will offer an entertaining
mix of works from many time periods and styles, many of which heavily feature
KGS musicians as soloists. Vlad is thrilled to be working closely with this
community and your orchestra. Subscriptions start at $78 and more information
can be found at www.kgsymphony.org
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony’s most recent year of music-making was like none other. The season was spent meticulously searching for a director who was not only skilled and experienced, but one who demonstrated a commitment to your orchestra’s values of inclusion, accessibility, and high quality music. This process, titled “The Search,” resulted in the selection of Vlad Vizireanu as the Music Director for the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.
Join us at the
Orpheum Theater on October 19th, 2019 for Vlad’s premier Masterworks concert as
Music Director. This program, “Dance, Dance Revolution,” will feature some of
the most exciting and dance-worthy works available for symphony orchestra.
Jordan Thomas, who played with the KGS last year, will be featured as harp
soloist in Debussy’s “Danse Sacreë et Profane.” This entrancing lullaby of a
waltz, contrasted with Bartok’s other-worldly and rhythmic “Romanian Dances for
String Orchestra” is sure to entertain audience members of all musical
interests. The final piece of the program is Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances,”
featuring the entire symphony as well as alto saxophone (an instrument not
typically present in Symphonic works).
“dance” contains an infinite number of musical styles, and Vlad’s selection of
music showcases this diversity. This programming exemplifies Vlad’s goal of
bringing “a new sense of programming style” to the KGS. Vlad hopes to “infuse
this season with a combination of new compositions, varied orchestral sizes,
and an overall change of dramatic pace in the concert hall.”
Masterworks concert of the season on November 23, 2019, will also spotlight the
many talents of our musicians. “Winds of Change” begins with Mozart’s Serenade
No. 12 in C minor (“Nacht Musique”), a piece performed entirely by our woodwind
section. This Classical standard will be followed by “Phoenix” for flute and
orchestra, a contemporary piece of Anže Rozman’s. Primarily a composer for film
and media, you may have already heard Rozman’s music on The Simpsons, or any of several Netflix, PBS, BBC, and CBS shows
that he has composed for. As with the first Masterworks concert, this
performance ends with the full force of the symphony, playing Brahms’
“Variations on St. Anthony Chorale.” With our wind instruments being heavily
featured on the first half, including our own Jeiran Hasan as flute soloist for
“Phoenix,” this program also demonstrates Vlad’s goal to feature “the orchestra
If he were
still alive today, Beethoven would be celebrating his 250th birthday next year.
For this reason our third Masterworks concert “Fate of the Furious” on February
22, 2020, will begin and end with two beloved works of his. The program opens
with Beethoven’s “Overture to Fidelio,” which begins our concert on an exciting
and easily recognizable note. Following this is Tchaikovsky’s “Fatum.” This
piece was originally received so controversially that Tchaikovsky destroyed the
manuscript and deemed the piece a failure. But after its release 3 years
posthumously the piece has become a revered standard, and the KGS is excited to
perform it under Vlad. This concert ends with Beethoven’s fifth Symphony in C
minor, one of the most famous works of Western music ever composed. Unique to
this program is that the entire symphony orchestra will be featured for all
three pieces. By maximizing the strength of our sound, we hope to pay tribute
to the grand and epic nature of Beethoven’s musical legacy.
The fourth and
final Masterworks concert on March 28, 2020, features the string section as
prominently as the woodwinds are featured in our second concert. The program,
“Concerto for Orchestra,” will open with our own concertmaster Janis Sakai
playing the solo for Mozart’s Violin Concerto in D major. The KGS is thrilled
to be featuring our own musicians so much this season. The final piece of our
2019-2020 Masterworks Season is Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” In this
concerto, the string section takes a role usually reserved for solo instrument,
and the rest of the Symphony becomes their accompanist. This clever variation
on the typical concerto format is a beloved and entertaining standard in the
classical canon, ending our Masterworks Season with a bang.
Give our office a call at (309)341-7268, or visit kgsymphony.org, for ticket and subscription information. Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 Masterworks season start at just $78. If purchased by September 15th, this will guarantee you priority seating, along with all of the other benefits included with a KGS subscription. You can also feel free to give us a call with questions, suggestions, or comments at any point. We would love to hear from you! Vlad Vizireanu’s inaugural season is sure to be like none before, and we hope the community is as thrilled as we are for all of the exciting changes coming to your orchestra.
***Report Courtesy of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony***