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Orchestra: 2017–2018 Season

In addition to the concerts found here, the orchestra regularly collaborates with the choral division for Masterworks concerts and the annual spring opera.

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Orchestra of the Pines: "Beethoven's Seventh"

October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

Saxophone Concerto by Henri Tomasi, Scott Augustine, saxophone

O vin, dissipe la tristesse from Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas, Juan Garza, baritone


Symphony No. 7 in A major by Ludwig van Beethoven

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines opens the season with Beethoven’s mighty Seventh Symphony. Packed with bravura and majesty, Beethoven’s work is a fitting season opener. Joining the orchestra are guest soloists and SFA concerto winners, Juan Garza and Scott Augustine, performing concerti repertoire showcasing the beauty of the their instruments.

Orchestra of the Pines: "Scores of Nationalism"

November 14, 7:30 p.m.

Orchestra of the Pines: “Scores of Nationalism” November 14, 7:30 p.m. Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 43 (50 minutes)   Jean Sibelius


Concerto for two clarinets in E-flat major by Franz Krommer, Gary Jones and Cesar Montelongo, clarinets

Capriccio Espagnol (15 minutes)   Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Not many works can evoke the sense of pride and nationalist as that of Jean Sibelius. His mighty Second Symphony, while begun in Italy, founds it final penned notes back home in Finland. The profound work intertwines pensive melodies and bold fanfares with lyricism and bravura. The orchestra is joined by guest baritone and concerto/aria winner, Juan Garza, performing an aria of dramatic poise. The orchestra also presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s brilliant Capriccio Espagnol, a concerto for orchestra highlighting soloists throughout the entire work!