Symphony New Brunswick (SNB) is growing and taking on a new look for the 2012-2013 season. The subscription brochure, which came out recently, reflects the changing approach to how the Symphony wants to serve the Province and their patrons.
“This season, we are expanding to five main Bravo series concerts and Michael Newnham, our Music Director and Principal Conductor, along with our Program Committee, have designed a great mixture of fun and listening pleasure,” said SNB President Reid Parker.
The Saint John String Quartet and members of the Symphony Winds will also present a wonderful informal Virtuoso series of concerts, where the audience gets plenty of opportunities to meet the musicians (and fellow New Brunswickers) and discuss the music being performed.
“Michael Newnham is creating excitement and enthusiasm in our orchestra,” continues Mr. Parker, “and the orchestra members are responding with the best levels of music-making I have ever heard from them. Their performances are reaching audiences at high emotional levels, and I can’t wait for next season to begin.”
Highlights of the season include Bohemian Rhapsody, which will take place October 22-24, and feature the beautiful and talented young Canadian violinist Andréa Tyniec, performing the Prokofiev First Violin Concerto followed by Antonin Dvorak’s stirring late-Romantic era Eighth Symphony.
On December 17-19, SNB’s traditional Christmas concert, titled Home for the Holidays, will feature Eleanor McCain as guest vocalist, who will be launching her new Christmas CD at the concerts.
In the upcoming year, on February 18-20, CBC personality Tom Allen will join the orchestra on stage for Tom Allen’s Classical Good Times Show, a compendium of light classics with running and humorous commentary by Mr. Allen.
One of the Maritimes’ most talented wind players will take centre stage April 8-10, in a program called Beethoven’s Pastorale. Performing Richard Strauss’s seldom-heard Horn Concerto no. 1 will be Ulises Aragón of Moncton. Framing his performance will be the beautiful and haunting Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, a work heard by all who viewed the thriller Master and Commander.
Building on the successful Beethoven performance in May of this year, SNB will perform the next Beethoven symphony, no. 6, the lyrical Pastorale with its musical depictions of bubbling brooks and summer thunderstorms.
To close the season on May 20-22, French Inspiration will offer two great masterpieces, the Bizet Symphony in C and the lovely Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. The concert will feature New Brunswick’s soprano Sally Dibblee and baritone Andrew Love, in a collaboration between Symphony New Brunswick and Moncton’s Louisbourg Choir under the direction of Monique Richard.
For a brochure and more details, please contact the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra offices at 506-634-8379 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or please visit our website at www.symphonynb.com.