Classic sounds return to VPAT for Solano Symphony Orchestra’s 35th season – The Vacaville Reporter



After the pandemic interrupted music last year, the Solano Symphony opens its 35th season on October 10 in Vacaville, with conductor Semyon Lohss conducting orchestral musicians in five concerts, with pieces ranging from Beethoven to Schubert to Strauss.

With all performances at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater and every Sunday afternoon, the season kicks off with a pair of works from the popular standard repertoire: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor and the ” Small C major ”by Schubert, the latter was composed for the chamber. orchestra.

Beethoven, with soloist Adrian Zaragoza, former winner of the orchestra’s “Young Artist Competition”, was first performed in 1803 in Vienna and inspired by Mozart’s C minor concerto, in particular in the first movement of the orchestra. quick introduction.

Solano Symphony conductor Semyon Lohss leads the orchestral musicians in five concerts, with pieces ranging from Beethoven to Schubert to Strauss during its 35th season which opens on October 10. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO – SOLANO COMMUNITY SYMPHONY)

However, the second movement, or development section, is entirely original and somewhat singing and slow, introducing the main theme of the 38-minute work.

The third and final movement is a rondo, or form with a recurring main theme, the music of the German composer becomes dramatic and accelerates towards an orchestral crush of sound.

In contrast, the Schubert, which the Austrian composer wrote between 1817-18, when he was 20, begins with a strong C major that fades, followed by a slow, brisk movement that suggests a beautiful day in. the countryside. The third movement, which Schubert took from Beethoven’s first symphony, and the fourth introduce a main theme in the form of a rondo before concluding after almost 35 minutes.

The popular annual holiday celebration, scheduled for December 5, is perhaps a real indicator that life is returning to a normal version, as it features excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet “The Nutcracker”, The Story of the young Clara and her magical Christmas present, a nutcracker in the form of a soldier.

In his most famous and often-performed dance piece, a holiday staple, the Russian master of 19th-century melodies gave us the meandering sounds of celesta in “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy,” the delirious whirlwind of strings in “Waltz of the Flowers” and sensually seductive woodwinds in “Arab”.

In addition, the program includes the high-pitched, brittle sound of Hummel’s Mandolin Concerto, performed by guest artist Dana Rath.

And given the concert’s past history, it’s fair to assume that there will be plenty of other holiday favorites and Christmas carols as well.

The annual Salute to Youth program once again welcomes outstanding student musicians, ready to share their talent with a live audience after enduring the limits of virtual reality
musicality. The concert will take place on February 13.

Tchaikovsky returns for the concert of the greatest classics of the orchestral world, on March 27, with the composer’s symphony “Little Russian”, lasting 35 minutes and brimming with Russian folk melodies and colors, more than in any other of his works.

It begins with the melody of the folk song “Down Little Mother Volga” in a melancholy Ukrainian version; the second movement is a march from his opera “Undine” to the tune of “Spin, My Spinner”; the third is a playful passage inspired by the air “Sell, cherish, the whip, buy me boots instead”; and the finale is based on the lively and lively folk song “Let the Crane Soar”.

And finally, for those who revel in the explosions of popular music bursting from the stage, the annual May 1 pop concert features spirited tunes from Vienna, Spain, England and Hollywood: everything from a quadrille Strauss’s rhythmic soundtrack to music that captures the excitement of a James Bond adventure and the cartoonish madness of the Looney Tunes.

In a press release from Lisa Gill, vice president of the orchestra, she wrote: “From the strains of the season opening concert of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ to the moving rendition of the last show of” The Stars and Stripes Forever “, the Solano Symphony Orchestra invites you to listen to good, lively music in all tones and styles”, conducted by Lohss, a conductor of Russian origin deeply informed in his 29th season.

All concerts start at 3 p.m. in the Municipal Theater, 1010 Ulatis Drive.

Regular tickets cost $ 150 for an entire season or $ 30 per performance; a season ticket for seniors costs $ 125 (62 and over) or $ 25 per performance; students and young people under 18 cost $ 75 for a membership or $ 15 per performance (with high school or college ID card); for members on active duty, the cost is $ 60 for one season or $ 15 per performance (with ID). Theater fees are $ 5 for the season and $ 1 per performance.

Tickets for the season and individual concerts can be purchased on the orchestra’s website, at, or by mail to Solano Symphony Orchestra, PO Box
154, Fairfield, CA 94533.

Season tickets and individual concerts are also available at the theater, by phone at (707) 469-4013 or on the theater website at

Individual concert tickets can be purchased at the theater box office one hour before each performance.



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