- Two tickets to Bach & Handel, presented by Modesto Symphony Orchestra
- Where: Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at Gallo Center for the Arts
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Friday, February 6, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, February 7, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- $51 for seating in the front center orchestra (up to $144 value)
- $51 for seating in the center orchestra (up to $144 value)
- $51 for seating in the parterre center (up to $110 value)
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The lush ornamentation and rich sound of Baroque music is celebrated at this concert, which is dedicated entirely to two masters of the 18th Century movement. Concertmaster Dan Flanagan takes the spotlight for Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Maestro David Lockington and guest lecturers will hold a complimentary pre-show presentation beginning at 7 p.m., during which they will share insights into the composers and the works to be performed.
- Handel—Concerto Grosso in C minor: The Baroque form of concerti grossi are comprised of alternating passages from a small group of soloists and the full orchestra. In this particular piece, Handel re-imagines phrases borrowed from friend and instructor Johann Mattheson, as well as selections from a few of his own operas.
- Bach—Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor: Not much is known about the early development of this sprightly, three-movement work, which is Bach’s translation of a dual-harpsichord piece for violin and oboe.
- Handel—Water Music Suite: This is music with a waterfront view—at least, that’s how it was designed to be experienced. King George I commissioned Handel for a concert for the River Thames, and legend has it the composer drafted it to get back on the king’s good side, after irking His Highness by moving to London during Queen Anne’s reign. No doubt the suite’s shimmering strings, graceful woodwinds, and cheerfully bubbling horns went a long ways to soothe the slight.
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.