Saginaw Bay Symphony Announces '11 Season 4-18-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw Bay Symphony Announces '11 Season 4-18-2011

The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Brett Mitchell have announced their 2011-2012 season, “Pure Music. Pure Michigan.”
The season will be Mitchell’s second season at the helm of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and will be notable for its increased collaboration with local artists and the inclusion of works by living Michigan composers on every program.
“The SBSO is an orchestra that lives to serve Michigan, and that includes performing music by our friends and neighbors. Our orchestra aims to be synonymous with Michigan and Michigan’s art. This is our music, composed by our residents, performed by our Orchestra. They create art specifically for us, and that, to me, is a gift worth accepting,” says Mitchell of the motivation behind highlighting Michigan composers on each program.
“A Fantastic Beginning” on October 8, 2011, begins with recent Grammy®-winner and Michigan resident Michael Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango from his Metropolis Symphony. The evening will also feature Franz Liszt’s Totentanz with pianist Jason Hardink, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Of the evening’s final work, Mitchell says, “The brilliant storytelling, fantastical tone-painting, and ecstatic triumph of Hector Berlioz’s symphonic masterpiece is a spectacle truly worthy of beginning our 76th season!”

The SBSO’s 2011-2012 season will begin in earnest several new collaborative endeavors, highlighting its work with local arts groups and artists. Mitchell remarks, “With each successive season, we aim to become more and more integral to the artistic and cultural life of Mid-Michigan. Embracing local composers, artists, Pit & Balcony, and the Saginaw Choral Society speaks to the spirit of collaboration that is becoming the core of our mission.”
Notably, on the February 11, 2012, program, “Shakespearean Dreams,” the SBSO will be partnering with Pit & Balcony and the Saginaw Choral Society to present Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as originally intended: his overture and complete incidental music accompanying a staged version of Shakespeare’s play. That evening’s concert also features William Bolcom’s Commedia for (Almost) 18th-Century Orchestra and Gerald Finzi’s Shakespearean songs, Let Us Garlands Bring, with bass-baritone Timothy Jones.
Another collaborative venture will mark the SBSO’s March 31, 2012, concert, “Past Masters, Present Promise,” when the orchestra will present original artwork commissioned from local artist Kellie Schneider. Ms. Schneider will create original illustrations depicting each movement of Maurice Ravel’s fairytale suite, Mother Goose; the illustrations will be projected live in the Temple Theatre as the orchestra performs Ravel’s work. Of the collaboration, Mitchell says, “As an artist, the crosspollination of ideas that comes about when working with actors, artists, or composers is enormously valuable to me; it helps me to think in new, creative ways, and is a great opportunity for our respective audiences to come together to witness something greater than any of us could ever achieve on our own.” The evening also highlights Bright Sheng’s The Black Swan, an orchestration of Johannes Brahms’s late A-major Intermezzo, as well as Brahms’s Second Symphony.
Mitchell describes the season’s conclusion on May 12, 2012, as “A monumental finale to a phenomenal season. We’re excited to pair two of the greatest third symphonies of all time: Kevin Puts’s Björk-inspired Vespertine and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Napoleon-inspired Eroica.” The program is aptly titled “A Heroic Finale.”
“Saginaw has more community pride and desire for growth than any other city I know. It is a fantastic city filled with extraordinary people, and I’m delighted to be able to contribute to its cultural life by leading our great orchestra,” says Mitchell.
Season ticket holders must renew by June 10, 2011 to keep the same seats, they can still renew after the 10th but will be subject to available seating. New season ticket holders will be called after June 10th to pick their seats and we are proud to continue our 50% off for new subscribers, restrictions do apply so call for details. To renew your season tickets or to reserve a spot in line for new season ticket holders call 754-SHOW.
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