William Grant Still’s work is one of the most popular American symphonies, synthesizing jazz and blues perfectly into symphonic form. Our concertmaster, Mateusz Wolski, performs Barber’s virtuosic and rich Violin Concerto, we hear music from former Spokanite George Frederick McKay, and we’re thrilled to present a new work by Sydney Guillaume.
The Spokane Symphony’s seventh Music Director, Eckart Preu, returns with music of drama and depth. Shy composer Anton Bruckner dedicated his Third Symphony to Wagner after plucking up the courage to visit the great master. Wagner’s own Tristan und Isolde is a groundbreaking work that pushed composition into previously unexplored areas of musical force.
To end the 77th season, we journey to Hungary and beyond with music and tales rooted in folk traditions. Bartók’s music conjures tipsy farmworkers, dancing bears and a warm village evening. Brahms’ Violin Concerto oozes warmth and Hungarian spice, while Ligeti takes folk music to a dizzying extreme. Stravinsky’s Firebird concludes with monsters, heroes and princesses from the ultimate musical fairytale.