- $15 for one ticket to Camellia Symphony Orchestra: “Russian Fantasy” (up to $30 value)
- When: Sunday, February 9, at 2 p.m.
- Where: Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 1:15 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- Liadov—Baba Yaga: Shrieking strings open this brief tone poem—but you’d shriek too if the child-eating witch Baba Yaga grabbed you. Ominous lower brass and frantic glissandos complete the aural experience of fleeing from the hut on chicken legs.
- Prokofiev—Violin Concerto No. 1: Completed in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution, Prokofiev’s piece seems caught between eras. The outer movements evoke the lush melodies of the Romantic period, but more tumultuous moments in the middle are strikingly modernist.
- Liadov—The Enchanted Lake: The subtle, shimmering strings that introduce this otherworldly piece come on gently, punctuated every so often with a flourish of the harp or a splash of playful woodwinds.
- Stravinsky—The Firebird Suite: Inspired by a fairytale from Russian folklore, this ballet score hits all the classic fairytale notes—a dashing prince captures the titular magical firebird, but releases it in exchange for help against a terrible evil, the demon Kastchei. The piece’s enchanting narrative, marked by flitting woodwinds and rumbling brass, captured the attention of the world upon its 1910 debut, and rocketed Stravinsky to international stardom.<p>
Camellia Symphony Orchestra
It’s hard to imagine an orchestra with humbler origins than the Camellia Symphony, or one that transformed itself more quickly and completely. It all started in 1961, when Sacramento Banjo Band leader Dick Surryhne had a notion of organizing a small group of classical musicians to play “just for the fun of it.” Called the Potluck Symphony, the group featured some odd instrumental combos during that first informal year—at one event, 17 trombonists and two violinists turned up, with nary a casserole in sight. Concerts had become more formal affairs by 1963, during which time the organization grew from 27 to 75 members and became an official orchestra. And the modern company is stronger than ever, hosting seasons of imaginative programming that have earned nearly a dozen ASCAP awards. But the orchestra has never forgotten its charmingly casual beginnings, and continues its efforts to present performances that are as engaging as they are educational.