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Favorites of Mine & Your Choice!

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, March 15, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2024
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 17, 2024
2:30 p.m.

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Beethoven, Dvořák or Rimsky-Korsakov?

Well, you are about to play a major role in determining the outcome of this concert! I wanted this to be a popular symphonic work, so I chose three works for you to decide on: Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony, Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. I also left a chance for you to write in your own suggestion. It will be fun to see how this turns out. The first half of the concert opens with a fun work titled Loco by Jennifer Higdon, followed by the return of another favorite artist of mine, Steven Isserlis who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s foremost cellists. He will perform Kabalevsky’s second cello concerto, a premiere for the MSO. Subscribe and VOTE!  – John DeMain, Music Director



Jennifer Higdon, Loco
Dmitri Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 77

Audience Choice (Subscribe & cast your vote by August 11!):
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 “Pastorale”
Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Op. 35
Your Write in Selection

Program Notes will be available in Fall 2023.


John DeMain, Music Director
Steven Isserlis, Cello


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An extraordinarily moving performance where time, very briefly, seemed to stand still.

– The Guardian

… it was the presence of Steven Isserlis that catapulted a stupendous recital into the category of the unforgettable …

– Diario de Sevilla

Meet the Performers

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John DeMain, Conductor

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Steven Isserlis, Cello

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