The Philharmonic's gala 75th season opener will present music spanning from the 18th century to a fanfare especially written for the occasion by acclaimed composer Gina Gillie. The concert will include (appropriately enough) Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 75, and conclude with three works by Aaron Copland which were all composed at the same time the Philharmonic came into being (the early 1940s); renowned actor Tom Skerritt will be the featured narrator in Copland's Lincoln Portrait. The program will also spotlight the artistry of saxophone virtuoso Erik Steighner, in a rare performance of Fernande Decruck's haunting and atmospheric Sonata for Saxophone and Orchestra.
The Philharmonic launches the season with a concert comprised entirely of Slavic music: composers of Czech, Polish, Russian and Slovenian origin will be featured. Two staples of the concert repertoire will be spotlighted: Bedrich Smetana's symphonic poem The Moldau and Frédéric Chopin's hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Serbian-born pianist Milica Jelača Jovanović as soloist. An intriguing and powerful work by Slovenian composer Nana Forte, Incantation, will receive its U. S. premiere. Autumn, the most popular portion of Alexander Glazunov's radiant ballet score The Seasons, will be appropriately presented at this fall concert. A little-known delight by Antonín Dvořák, his Polonaise, completes the program.