Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Jun
17
7:30 pm19:30

Vivaldi: Four Seasons

  • St. James United Methodist Church

Help us thank the Danville community for a job well-done with our 50th Anniversary Season! Featuring Jennifer Leckie, DSO concertmaster, Maestro Jeremy Swerling, and the Danville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Presented through gracious support of an Anonymous donor and the Haworth Foundation. 

 

Le quattro stagioni

Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269 "La primavera" (Spring)
Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)
Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn)
Concerto No. 4 in f minor, Op. 8, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter)

Jennifer Leckie, violin
Jeremy Swerling, conductor


Fantastique @ 50!
May
6
7:30 pm19:30

Fantastique @ 50!

  • Dick Van Dyke Auditorium

 

Inspired by a compulsive and tormented love affair à la Romeo and Juliet, this powerful 1830 work of Hector Berlioz uses the orchestra in a fashion completely ingenious at the time. “There is no precedent in music— just three years after the death of Beethoven—for his staggeringly inventive use of the orchestra, creating entirely new sounds with the same instruments that had been playing together for years; for the bold, unexpected harmonies; and for melodies that are still, to this day, unlike anyone else’s. There isn’t a page of this score that doesn’t contain something distinctive and surprising,” says Phillip Huscher of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Richard Strauss’ Burleske for piano and orchestra is a rarely performed work often referred to as “unplayable” by pianists throughout musical history because of its ferociously difficult solo part. Influenced greatly by the works of Brahms and the famous waltz format, this composition is sure to please audiences with its technical prowess and youthful escapades, having been premiered with Strauss himself conducting at the age of only twenty-six. 

 

BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique
STRAUSS: Burleske for piano and orchestra

Jeremy Swerling, conductor
Jonathan Bass, piano

 

 

Beautiful Women
Mar
11
7:30 pm19:30

Beautiful Women

  • Dick Van Dyke Auditorium

For hundreds of years, the beauty and fortitude of women have moved history's most outstanding composers to create a massive collection of works featuring their favorite ladyloves. Join soprano Jami Leonard and the Danville Symphony Orchestra for an oeuvre inspired by women, and the prolific female roles created for them throughout musical history.

The DSO and Maestro Jeremy Swerling will be featured independently as well, performing the colorful and vibrant twentieth-century masterpiece La Valse by impressionist master Maurice Ravel, and the Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

 

Offenbach: Overture to La belle Hélène
Rossini: "Una voce poco fa" from The Barber of Seville
J. Strauss: "Mein Herr Marquis" (Laughing Song) from Die Fledermaus
Ravel: La Valse
Tesori: The Girl in 14-G
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Bernstein: "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide

Jeremy Swerling, conductor
Jami Leonard, soprano

Four Hands, One Piano: La Valse
Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Four Hands, One Piano: La Valse

  • Bremer Conference Center (lobby)

Join us for a lecture and recital at Bremer Conference Center with Maestro Jeremy Swerling, Eric Simonson from Danville Area Community College, and pianists Han Choel/Meng-Chun Chien.  These two artists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will perform the original four-hands version of Ravel's impressionist masterpiece "La Valse" supplemented by a history of the composition itself, the life of Maurice Ravel, and his contemporaries. 

This is a free event, open to all (no tickets required).

 

Jeremy Swerling, music director
Eric Simonson, lecturer
Han Choel, piano
Meng-Chun Chien, piano

Han Choel, piano

Han Choel, piano

Meng-Chun Chien, piano

Meng-Chun Chien, piano

Music of the Mad Men Era featuring Five By Design
Dec
10
7:30 pm19:30

Music of the Mad Men Era featuring Five By Design

  • Dyke Van Dyke Auditorium

Put down the convertible top on your whale-sized Chevy, invite twenty of your ultra-hip friends, and cruise on in to hear the slick vocal stylings of FIVE BY DESIGN with the DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.  Featuring music by recording artists who defined the Atomic Era including Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney and Wayne Newton, FIVE BY DESIGN will surely impress audiences again in Vermilion County on their return visit this December.  Conducted by DSO Music Director Maestro Jeremy Swerling, this production will also churn up fond memories from the 50’s and 60’s with commercial jingles and instrumental tunes made popular by the ‘idiot box’ and the ‘silver screen’ alike including “Mack the Knife;” “All of Me;” “Night and Day;” “The Pink Panther;” “Mambo Italiano;” “What a Wonderful World;” and “Come Fly with Me.”

Jeremy Swerling, conductor

Lorie Carpenter-Niska, vocals
Kurt Niska, vocals
Terrence Niska, vocals
Michael Swedberg, vocals
Sheridan Zuther, vocals

 

 

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Our December concert is generously underwritten by the Julius Hegeler II Foundation.