- $25 for one general-admission ticket (up to $40 value)
Dates and Venues
- Friday, March 18 at San Mateo Performing Arts Center
- Saturday, March 19 at Flint Center
Concert begins at 8:00 p.m., free pre-concert lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
- Rossini—La Cenerentola Overture: The follow-up to The Barber of Seville proved that Rossini was no one-opera-wonder. In this down-to-earth Cinderella retelling, the overture sets the tone with sprightly, hopeful strings mischievously playing around slower, more courtly strains.
- Schumann—Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra: The warm tones of four french horns—newly invented and freshly twisted at the time of composition—insulate the dramatic orchestral section of Schumann’s Konzertstück in a comfortable, voice-like blanket of intertwining melodies.
- Mussorgsky—Night on Bald Mountain: A tone poem representing a witches’ sabbath on St. John’s Eve, Night on Bald Mountain is best known for its hair-raising opening, where slowly climbing strings and woodwinds get swallowed whole by horns. Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the composition is also famous for its use in one of the most frightening segments in Disney’s Fantasia.
- 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.
Peninsula Symphony, founded in 1949 with the goal of enriching communities with affordable musical productions, grew from a grassroots ensemble to a 90-plus-member orchestra of well-trained local musicians. Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein leads the ensemble with a steady baton, a sharp ear, and the stamina to carry on through the inevitable triple encore.