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Holland Symphony announces its new season

From The Holland Sentinel • Aug 31, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The Holland Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Johannes Müller-Stosch, is preparing for its 2018-19 season of concerts. The roster includes soloists and a variety of musical offerings.

Season tickets, single tickets and brochures are available from the symphony office by calling 616-796-6780; by visiting the website hollandsymphony.org; or by mail at P.O. Box 2685, Holland, MI 49422. The five-concert season ticket subscription includes Classics I, II, III, Holiday and Family Concert. Adults are $90 and students (through college) are $25. The Season Ticket Plus is the HSO’s six-concert series, which includes the five season ticket concerts plus the Classics Up-Close concert for $105 for adults and $30 for students.

First-time subscribers can purchase season tickets or Season Ticket Plus packages at 50 percent off the regular price. Seats in the concert hall at the Jack H. Miller Center are assigned. Seating at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, First United Methodist Church and the Zeeland East High School’s DeWitt Auditorium are general admission.

The first concert of the fall will feature the Holland Symphony in Classics Up-Close at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, featuring many of the orchestra’s own musicians as soloists.

The concert will begin with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. This piece, along with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds and Delius’ Two Pieces for Small Orchestra, was intended for a smaller orchestra, and HSO will play this work in the intimate setting of First United Methodist Church of Holland. The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

Classics I, Rach On! is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the concert hall at the Jack H. Miller Center, Hope College. This concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s most popular Piano Concerto No. 2, played by Young-Hyun Cho. The Concerto contains some of classical music’s most beloved melodies. This concert will open with Smetana’s symphonic tone poem Ma Vlast (meaning “My homeland” in Czech).

A pre-concert talk will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday before the Classics I concert on the sixth floor of Freedom Village, 145 Columbia Ave., Holland. There also will be a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. the night of this production in the Jack H. Miller Center Concert Hall.

Classics II, Pulling Out the Stops, is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the concert hall at the Jack H. Miller Center, Hope College. Huw Lewis, professor of organ at Hope College, will perform on on the Miller Center Concert Hall’s organ, playing both the Rheinberger Organ Concerto No. 2 and the Jongen Symphonie Concertante.

A pre-concert talk will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, on the sixth floor of Freedom Village. There also will be a pre-concert talk the night of this concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Jack H. Miller Center Concert Hall.

The Holiday Concert, Sounds of the Season, taking place in December will feature the HSO with Diane Penning, soprano. Penning is no stranger to the West Michigan area, having performed for audiences all over the area with her coloratura voice. The holiday concerts consist of seasonal light classics, traditional carols and holiday pops in the setting of Dimnent Memorial Chapel at Hope College at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be no pre-concert talk.

The Family Concert, HSO & H2O, is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the DeWitt Auditorium at Zeeland East High School and will feature the winner of the 2019 Norbert Mueller High School Concerto Competition. This year’s family concert will focus on the wonder, power and importance of water. Suitable for children of all ages, this performance continues the symphony’s tradition of presenting Family Concerts. Come at 2:30 p.m. for children’s activities in the newly remodeled lobby of Zeeland East.

The Classics III, Triple Threat, will close the HSO season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Jack H. Miller Concert Hall. This concert is named Triple Threat because of the unique presentation of three soloists at one time. Jennifer Walvoord, violin; Alicia Eppinga, cello, and Andrew Le, piano, will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. This program will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, arguably one of his best and most well-known symphonies.

Pre-concert talkes will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Freedom Village, and 6:30 the night of this concert in the Jack H. Miller Center Concert Hall.

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