Tickets for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season, titled A Season of Visionaries, are now on sale.
The orchestra’s 23rd season includes celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and the genius of George Gershwin.
The five-concert subscription season features two concerts in Lewes and one in Rehoboth Beach, marking the Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s expanded presence in the Cape Region. Subscriptions, which offer options for performances at multiple venues including the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., are $195. First-time buyers may purchase a second subscription for half-price.
“Danish Composer Carl Nielsen said that music, like life, is inextinguishable,” said Maestro Julien Benichou. “As we return to normalcy following the tragic coronavirus pandemic, our musicians and guest soloists are pleased to carry the inextinguishable flame of symphonic music to our audience with a varied and exciting season program.”
The orchestra’s opening concerts will celebrate Ludwig Van Beethoven, music’s most pivotal figure of the classical and romantic eras. The concert will feature the two great Beethoven fives, the Emperor Piano Concerto No. 5, with the captivating Michael McHale, and the emblematic Symphony No. 5 in C minor. The performance will open with the Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus, promising an inspiring and energy-packed concert. It will be performed locally at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.
In November, the orchestra will pay homage to the oboe’s clear and penetrating sound, paired with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s accomplished string section. This deeply lyrical program will feature Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D minor, played by principal oboist Carl Oswald, and Antonio Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in C Major, performed by Buffalo Philharmonic oboist Joshua Lauretig. The program also includes Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s lush and moving String Serenade, and the premiere of Maestro Benichou’s Serenade for Two Oboes, composed specifically for The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s popular Holiday Joy concert will be performed locally at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. The program features a selection of seasonal favorites and two marvelous young singers, soprano Alexandra Razskazoff and tenor Michael Butler. They will be joined by French violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft, whose recent release with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is gathering critical acclaim.
An all-American program of Samuel Barber’s Summer of Knoxville 1915, Stephen Boyd’s Violin Concerto and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite concludes the season with a local performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at Cape Henlopen High School. Guest vocalists are Kevin Short, who sang the title role of Porgy in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production, and the incredibly flexible soprano Marsha Thompson. They will be joined by the Carter Legacy Singers, all alumni of Morgan State University and its world-renowned choir, under the direction of Nathan Carter.
Individual tickets are $30, $45 or $50, depending upon the program and venue. For more information including a complete schedule or to order tickets, go to www.midatlanticsymphony.org or call 888-846-8600.