Scheherazade: a woman tells tales of Sinbad, Aladdin, and more to spare her life.
The Love for Three Oranges: a kingdom, a witch, a magician — and three oranges.
Songs and Dances of Death: death is personified, comforting his victims.
The GVO brings to life Rimsky-Korsakov’s rich musical tapestry, Prokofiev’s evocative ballet music, and Mussorgsky’s celebrated song cycle with rising international opera star Christian Zaremba.
Bring the whole family to our ever-popular holiday concert! We’ll be joined by teenage violinist Ben Lerman and students from the Third Street Music School Settlement, and our principal flute Simon Dratfield will step to the front for a solo. It’ll be another delightful show!
Mozart Overture to The Magic Flute
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite
Sibelius Symphony No. 5
“God, what beauty!” wrote Sibelius in his diary about the sight that inspired his Fifth Symphony’s “swan theme”. More Romantic than Modern, Sibelius followed in the footsteps of Stravinsky, who also looked back to an earlier time — to the Classical period. Mozart, one of the icons of that era, opens the program.
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Enescu Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1
We can’t help but wax rhapsodic about pianist Astrith Baltsan, who brings her Bernstein-inspired theatrical programs to the GVO for an afternoon of rhapsodies and what they reveal — from stories of immigration to the internal lives of composers.
Our season finale opens with a spark: Beethoven’s depiction of the eponymous Titan who defied his fellow gods by giving fire — and with it civilization and creativity — to humankind. The GVO performs two of humanity’s newest creations: Jonathan Leshnoff’s Double Concerto for Clarinet & Bassoon — featuring Pittsburgh Symphony principals Nancy Goeres and Michael Rusinek — and Clarice Assad’s Saravá, a rhapsody paying homage to Brazilian poet, singer-songwriter and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes. Respighi’s colossal Pines of Rome brings our season to a triumphant close.
The Greenwich Village Orchestra’s 33rd season opens with two beloved masterworks. From its first notes, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony sweeps us away to a bucolic countryside, where shepherds dance, storms brew, and sunshine prevails. And Wolfgang Schmidt — “one of the leading cellists of our generation” according to his teacher Rostropovich — returns for Dvořák’s passionate (and NYC-composed!) Cello Concerto