Classics Series

Classics Series Concert 3: Alpha and Omega

Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Copeland Hall at The Grand Opera House

SIBELIUS: Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

STRAUSS: Four Last Songs

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams"

David Amado, conductor

Mary Wilson, soprano

Classics Series Concert 3

Alpha and Omega



Pre-concert discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.

From David Amado:

From Tchaikovsky’s first foray into the symphony, to Strauss’s last work, our third Classics program indulges in the passionate, emotive power of some of our most beloved romantic composers. Tchaikovsky’s first symphony “Winter Dreams” is infused with his gift of melody, a powerful sense of drama, brilliant, virtuoso writing, and a powerful Russian soul. White-hot Tchaikovsky is balanced by Strauss’s Four Last Songs—wistful and nostalgic, they are a Romantic epilogue in tribute of the ripe, unabashed heart-on-sleeve passion that had long since fallen out of style. We begin with Sibelius’s Night Ride and Sunrise, an evocative tone poem as much about a sleigh-ride as about a spiritual journey and transformation.

Read soprano Mary Wilson’s biography: Mary Wilson biography

Read the Program Notes about this concert: Classics Series Concert 3 Program Notes