The Pioneer Valley Symphony
2014 – 2015 Season
Our Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra are ready for the season.
Mark your calendars today!
From William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in 2014, to a general celebration of the long-standing relationship between music and the stage, our 76th season is a homage to works either composed for staged productions, or inspired by theater, dance, and other traditional stage presentations.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst
TCHAIKOVSKY, TOMASI, BRAHMS, with GREG SPIRIDOPOULOS, Trombone
Join us for our season-opening concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s romantic SLEEPING BEAUTY SUITE, Henri Tomasi’s TROMBONE CONCERTO, with UMass faculty member GREG SPIRIDOPOULOS as soloist, and Brahms’s magnificent SYMPHONY NO. 4 in E Minor
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3pm
Second Congregational Church, Greenfield, MA
SHAKESPEARE ON SHUFFLE, a Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Concert
YOUR opinions matter in this unique concert experience with the PVS Chorus! Chorus Director Jonathan Harvey has chosen a fabulous program of pieces using Shakespeare texts, including the premiere of a commission from award-winning local composer Greg W. Brown. The program includes works from the Renaissance through the 21st century, and YOU get to decide the order of the performance! Once you’re at the concert, you’ll be able to vote in a variety of ways about what sort of piece YOU would like to hear next – and then we’ll perform it. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary event.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Greenfield Middle School, Greenfield, MA
FALL CONCERT, a Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert
Don’t miss the opening concert of our Youth Orchestra’s Second Season! This concert is FREE and great for all ages!
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7pm
Hess Center for the Arts, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA
ANNUAL FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT—Sponsored by GREENFIELD CO-OPERATIVE BANK
The newly renovated Auditorium in the Deerfield Academy Performing Arts Center will host our annual holiday extravaganza! For the first time ever, we’ll be joined by the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra for a few selections, and of course, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus will lend their voices to holiday classics and more.
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30pm
Greenfield Middle School, Greenfield, MA
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:50pm by Professor David Schneider of Amherst College
HAYDN, MOZART, BEETHOVEN, with ILANA ZAKS, violin
A classical-sized concert in the elegant, old-school auditorium of Greenfield Middle School. We’re very excited to welcome ILANA ZAKS, a 14-year-old violin phenomenon. She will play Mozart’s VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 3, and Sarasate’s violin showpiece, ZIGEUNERWEISEN. Also on the program are Haydn’s Overture to his opera Armida, and Beethoven’s Second Symphony. This will be the first time the PVS has performed the Second Symphony with Paul Phillips conducting, and we will have all nine under our belts and under the baton of Paul Phillips!
SUNDAY, March 29, 2015, 7pm
Deerfield Academy Performing Arts Center, Deerfield
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:15pm by Professor David Schneider of Amherst College
RACHMANINOFF & SIBELIUS, with JEFFREY BIEGEL, Piano
A brief interlude from our theme of music for and about the stage as we celebrate the sesquicentennial of Finnish composer JEAN SIBELIUS. Our program will include the composer’s Symphony No. 3, and Rachmaninoff’s stunning romantic showpiece, his Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Jeffrey Biegel.
SUNDAY, April 12, 2015
Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., Amherst, MA
SPRING CONCERT, a Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert
Don’t miss the spring concert of our Youth Orchestra’s Second Season! Joining them will be the Worcester Youth Junior Philharmonic. This concert is FREE and great for all ages!
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30pm
The Academy of Music, Northampton
Mascagni’s CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA—sponsored by GREENFIELD SAVINGS BANK
Bringing all the forces to bear for a season finale that will send chills down your spine—and bring a tear to your eye. Join us for a truly magnificent experience! A semi-staged performance of one of the great, romantic, one-act operas. We’ll announce the cast soon!
Co-sponsors: The Lathrop Commiunities & Baystate Health