- $49 for two tickets to Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s “Brahms & Tchaikovsky” (up to $110 value)
- Where: Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at Gallo Center for the Arts
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
Available Performances and Seating Options
- Seating in the center balcony on Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m.
- Seating in the left parterre on Saturday, February 15, at 8 p.m.
- Seating in the center parterre on Saturday, February 15, at 8 p.m.
- Seating in the center balcony on Saturday, February 15, at 8 p.m.
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Celebrating Valentine’s Day, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra serves up a feast of pieces inspired by love in all its forms. A pre-concert talk by Maestro David Lockington primes showgoers with historical and musical facts about the works. Then, after an opening collaboration with the young talents in the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Maestro Lockington picks up the cello to share Brahms’ Double Concerto with his wife, violinist Dylana Jenson.<p>
- Glinka—Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla: Glinka’s masterful overture interweaves themes from the titular opera, such as the whole-orchestra fanfares that represent the main characters’ wedding, and descending, whole-tone bass scales that evoke the evil dwarf who kidnaps the bride.
- Brahms—Double Concerto for Violin and Cello: Written as an offering to reconcile with his old friend, violinist Joseph Joachim, Brahms’ unconventional work eschews bombast in favor of a more playful melody.
- Mozart—Symphony No. 36, Linz: Arriving for a brief stay in the Austrian town of Linz, Mozart was blindsided by the local count’s sudden announcement of a concert. Showcasing his remarkable powers of composition, he constructed his 36th symphony in a mere five days to appease his host and keep him from booking contemporary pop sensations The Powdered Wig Boyz.
- Tchaikovsky—Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet: The piece’s sweeping evocation of the protagonist’s passion has become a familiar shorthand for romantic love—but the piece also hints at impending doom with a doleful funeral march.<p>
Modesto Symphony Orchestra
When the Modesto Symphony Orchestra played their first concert in 1931, the town had 17,000 residents—making it the smallest settlement with its own symphony orchestra in the nation. But even as their city has grown around them, the orchestra’s members have retained their timeless commitment to fine music. The group continues to perform seasons that blend soul-stirring classics with toe-tapping pops pieces. The Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra also adds their freshly sprouted strings to the mix, either during their own concerts or guest appearances with the ensemble.