Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Main Stage

The Signature Six Series is the flagship series of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. The concerts in this series are full-orchestra programs, led by Music Director Christopher Confessore. These diverse programs feature a variety of major classical works alongside world premieres, lighter selections, and world-class guest artists, all performed by the talented musicians of your Brevard Symphony Orchestra. These concerts take place in the King Center for the Performing Arts, located at 3865 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.

With some modifications, the concerts in our original 2020-2021 Signature Six Series have been rescheduled and condensed into the first four months of 2021.
We intend to still be offering matinee options for three of the six concerts. Working closely with our partners at the King Center, we are optimistic that these concerts will go on as planned, although this could still change. We anticipate that, if and when these concerts take place, that social distancing of both musicians and audience members may be in effect, along with requiring face masks.

As the date of each concert approaches, we will re-evaluate these procedures and make necessary adjustments, in consultation with the King Center. Any changes will be communicated with our patrons. Scroll down for information on each program and to become a new Brevard Symphony Orchestra subscriber and SAVE 50% off of single ticket prices. King Center floor plan is also shown below.

PROGRAM 1 – OPENING NIGHT: BEETHOVEN CELEBRATION | Saturday, January 23, 2021 | 7:30 pm*
Francisco Vila, cello | Concert Sponsor: Wendy Brandon
BEETHOVEN | Egmont Overture
HAYDN | Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No. 7 in A Major

Our 67th season opener continues the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his Symphony No. 7, rumored to have been his favorite. Wagner considered it to be the epitome of dance and that no one, not even “the grandmother, the blind and the lame” could resist the impulse to dance upon hearing it. The symphony’s 2nd movement was considered by both Schubert and Wagner to be “the greatest piece of music ever written.” Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila will dazzle us with a performance of Haydn’s 1st cello concerto, a work that is both charming and virtuosic, with an utterly joyful conclusion. The evening begins with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, written in 1809 to accompany Goethe’s play of the same name.

PROGRAM 2 – THE BELLE OF BROADWAY | Saturday, February 6, 2021 | 7:30 pm*
Susan Egan, vocalist | Concert Sponsors: Nash & Kromash, LLP
Susan Egan is a Tony-nominated Broadway star and BSO favorite! She headlined on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret, and as Disney’s original ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast. Animation fans love her as ‘Meg’ in Hercules, ‘Lin’ in Spirited Away, “Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond” on Steven Universe, and more. She’s appeared in countless films and TV shows, and has headlined with more than 50 orchestras, including the National Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. She is currently touring with Broadway Princess Party, a concert and company she created with Broadway peers Laura Osnes, Courtney Reed and Benjamin Rauhala.

PROGRAM 3 – HEROIC BEETHOVEN | Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Scott Watkins, piano | Concert Sponsors: Dr. Richard Weber & Family | Eroica Symphony Sponsor: Martha Sinclair
An All-Beethoven Program:
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major “Eroica”
“Eroica” was originally dedicated to Napoleon, but after Napoleon declared himself emperor in 1804, Beethoven changed his mind and gave it its current title. At first, “Eroica” confused the public. It was twice as long as a Mozart symphony, and musicians felt it was too difficult, but after several years, people began to realize how truly ground-breaking “Eroica” was, solidifying its position as the true connection between Classical and Romantic eras. Beethoven wrote his 4th piano concerto in 1806, but it was relatively unknown until Mendelssohn began performing it regularly in 1836. Often eclipsed by the grander “Emperor” concerto, the G Major was cutting-edge in its own way and continues to be a staple in the piano concerto repertoire today.

PROGRAM 4 – FROM THE NEW WORLD | Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm*
Sirena Huang, violin | Concert Sponsor: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc.
IVES | Variations on America
BRUCH | Violin Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK | Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Antonin Dvořák was Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City from 1892-1895. While there, he explored African American and Native American music. In 1893, the New York Philharmonic commissioned a symphony from Dvořák, resulting in “From the New World.” It was considered a triumph and, once published, quickly became known world-wide. Max Bruch wrote three violin concertos, but only his 1st is considered to be standard in the violin repertoire. Charles Ives wrote his Variations on America, when he was just 17 years old. Originally for organ (Ives was employed as an organist), it was written for the 1892 Brewster, NY July 4 celebration. Ives said, at the time, that playing it was “almost as much fun as playing baseball.” The work was orchestrated by American composer William Schuman in 1962.

PROGRAM 5 – EPIC TCHAIKOVSKY | Saturday, March 27, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Julian Rhee, violin | Concert Sponsor: Mercedes Benz, Porsche & Audi of Melbourne | Mozart Violin Concerto Sponsor: Hugh Normile
ROSSINI | The Barber of Seville Overture
MOZART | Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major
TCHAIKOVSKY | Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Little Russian”
Tchaikovsky wrote his Second Symphony while on a holiday in Ukraine, a country from which he drew great inspiration. The shortest of his six symphonies, he incorporated several Ukrainian folksongs into the work, including “Down By Mother Volga” and “The Crane.” After a successful premiere, Tchaikovsky was unhappy with the first three movements and revised them extensively over a period of just a few days. This revised version is the one performed most often today. Mozart wrote five violin concertos in 1775 when he was just 19 years old. In the 5th, he experimented with fluctuating tempos, changing meters, and unexpected modulations, producing a refined and elegant work. Julian Rhee is the winner of the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. The Barber of Seville, one of the most popular operas of all time, premiered in 1816. Rossini assembled the now famous overture out of fragments of two of his early operas.

PROGRAM 6 – SEASON FINALE | April 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Terrence Wilson, piano | Concert Sponsor: BSO South Guild
GRIEG | Piano Concerto in A minor
SIBELIUS | Symphony No. 2 D Major

Edvard Grieg was eager to establish himself as an important composer from a young age. He was just 25 when he composed his only piano concerto, a work of tremendous power and drama. Grieg accomplished his goal and his piano concerto is still one of the most well-known and performed concertos today, over 150 years later. Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) is characterized by close harmonies and elegant simplicity. Jean Sibelius’ Second Symphony was both compositionally daring and publicly successful. Written against the backdrop of the rise of Finnish nationalism, the symphony received the nicknamd “Symphony of Independence.” As unconventional as it may have been at the time, it remains a staple in the orchestral repertoire today. The spectacular finale provides the perfect ending to the BSO’s unconventional 67th season.

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