February 9


3:00 pm, Carlisle Theatre

Pre-Concert Lecture 2:15

Much about our culture and Classical Music has changed, and will continue to change . . .

In 2020 we celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday and the 100th anniversary of American women's right to vote.  Celebrate with us!

Our February 9 program begins with Beethoven's Overture to Fidelio, a work with dramatic stylistic shifts.  The WSSO then joins many orchestras in performing, celebrating, and recognizing the significance of romantic African American composer Florence Price.  We'll offer two movements from Price's Symphony No. 3.  (Sponsored in part by a grant from WPA.)


You won't want to miss hearing our dazzling clarinet soloist Yoonah Kim!  2016 winner of the Concert Artist Guild Young Artist Competition, Kim will perform Artie Shaw's Clarinet Concerto, a jazz/classical crossover work.

Metamorphosis, nature's contribution to our theme, is the title of Paul Hindemith's powerful symphony.  We offer this in mash-up style with Charles Ives's "Unanswered Question" and "Nimrod" from Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations".

What to listen for:  Changes from major to minor, slow to fast in Beethoven's overture, jazz "changes" and technical clarinet virtuosity, consonance vs dissonance, big brass!