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Orchestra: 2016–2017 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: “A Musical Homage”

October 3, 7:30 p.m.

  • Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
  • Saxophone Concerto by Paul Creston
    • I. Energetic
    • II. Meditative
    Claire Salli, alto saxophone
  • “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka by Antonin Dvořák; Kelsey Quinn, soprano
  • Symphony No. 8 in G major by Antonin Dvořák
The Orchestra of the Pines opens its first concert of the season in full musical throttle. The first half is a musical homage within an homage. The orchestra presents Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a work originally paying homage to the baroque master, François Couperin, but then taking a sentimental turn after Ravel’s experience during World War I. American composer, Paul Creston, born two years after Ravel’s death, tributes his compositional style to the influences of several including Ravel himself. Claire Salli, one of three 2016 concerto competition winners, joins the orchestra performing Creston’s Saxophone Concerto. The second half pays homage to the Bohemian master, Antonin Dvořák. Concerto/Aria winner, Kelsey Quinn, soprano, joins the orchestra in singing the sultry aria, “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s opera, Rusalka. The orchestra concludes the evening with Dvořák’s ever popular and idyllic eighth symphony.

Orchestra of the Pines: “Sibelius and Shostakovich”

November 15, 7:30 p.m.

  • Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, by Jean Sibelius
    • I. Allegro moderato
    Leonard Chow, violin
  • Symphony No. 5 in D minor by Dmitri Shostakovich
No fewer words bring together excitement from audiences and musicians alike than presenting an all-time favorite, Shostakovich’s powerful Fifth Symphony. Supposedly meant as a peace offering during tumultuous political times, Shostakovich’s monumental work is regarded as a testament to the human struggle. Leonard Chow, SFA Orchestra of the Pines concertmaster for the past two years, returns to the stage as soloist with the orchestra performing the Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, a wonderful masterpiece full of high wire acrobatics of virtuosity!

Orchestra of the Pines: “With a Stroke of a Pen”

March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
Allegro moderato
Franz Schubert
b. January 31, 1797, Alsergrund, Vienna, Austria
d. November 19, 1828, Vienna, Austria

Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, “Farewell”
  • Allegro assai
  • Adagio
  • Finale: Presto - Adagio
Joseph Haydn
b. March 31, 1732, Rohrau, Austria
d. May 31, 1809, Vienna, Austria Menuet: Allegretto


Fantasy: Beyond the Forest (world premier)
Kyle Henkel
b. 1994, Argyle, TX
SFA composition winner

Lt. Kijé Suite
  • Romance
  • Birth of Kijé
  • Kijé's Wedding
  • Troika
  • The Burial of Kijé
Sergie Prokofiev
b. April 23, 1891, Krasne, Ukraine
d. March 5, 1953, Moscow, Russia

Orchestra of the Pines: “Berlioz and his Fantastic Symphony!”

April 24, 7:30 p.m.

  • Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
The Orchestra of the Pines presents its final and perhaps most daring and largest program ever with Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. A work that stands as a Romantic warhorse, Berlioz’s emotions of passion, love and desire become entangled in a musical web of dreams, deception and angst. Be sure to join the SFA Orchestra of the Pines for this final work of breathtaking beauty and sonority!