The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) begins its 23rd year, and second season under the leadership of Maestro Russell Ger with a concert titled “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Saturday, October 28 at Mount Saint Mary College. The orchestra’s performances in the concert year ending in July 2017 broke all previous attendance records.
“The October program offers a wonderfully vibrant start to what is certain to be our finest season yet,” Ger noted. “Each piece reflects in its own way aspects of the irrepressible energy and whimsy of the unique area of Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic.”
“Brahms’ ‘Violin Concerto in D Major’ is famous for demanding great technical feats from the soloist,” Mr. Ger continued, “and we have a wonderful soloist in Filip Pogady. But the concerto doesn’t dazzle for its own sake. It communicates Brahms’ characteristic passion and fervor. “Then Brahms’ ‘Hungarian Dance No. 5’ is an effusive gypsy dance that is totally Bohemian in its inspiration and style.”
“If Brahms had a gift for erecting great sonic structures, Dvorak’s gift was for mellifluous melody,” Ger noted. “His tunes are steeped in the folk music of his beloved homeland and flow effortlessly, one after another, until they burst in torrents of joy and beauty. His Eighth Symphony is as irresistible a piece as was ever composed.”
Bohemian Rhapsody will be presented Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College’s Aquinas Hall (arrive at 6:30 pm for the concert preview by Gordon Shacklett). Tickets – Balcony $45, Reserved $35, General $30, Senior Citizens $22 – can be purchased online or at the door. Call 913-7157 or visit newburghsymphony.org. Students are admitted free.