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Fri, Oct 13


Greenfield High School Auditorium

Hope in a New Home

The Pioneer Valley Symphony opens our 85th season in Greenfield with three moving musical reflections on our season theme of Hope & Home.

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Hope in a New Home
Hope in a New Home

Time & Location

Oct 13, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Greenfield High School Auditorium, 21 Barr Ave, Greenfield, MA 01301, USA

About the event

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Jiayan Sun, piano

Olabode Omojola “Life of an alien" from Irin Ajo with the PVS Chorus

Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Tianhui Ng, conductor


Concert length is approximately 2 hours with intermission.

Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra is a mournful piece written in 1943 in New York. This showpiece work captures the bitter emotions of being unable to return to Hungary during WWII. Preeminent Bartók scholar Dr. David Schneider, Georges Lurcy Professor of Music & History at Amherst College, joins us at 6:30PM for the pre-concert talk.

The PVS Chorus will also join this concert for "Life of an alien," a powerfully percussive chorus from the first Nigerian opera, Irin Ajo, composed by Mount Holyoke Professor Olabode Omojola. Irin Ajo reflects on the experience of migrating from Nigeria to the US.

Pianist and Smith College faculty Jiayan Sun joins the PVSO for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, composed as Rachmaninoff returned home to Russia after several years in Germany, on the eve of his first tour in the US. Sun last performed with the PVSO in 2019 in a memorable concert of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.

->Due to simultaneous events happening in the area, parking may be limited in the Greenfield High School lots for Hope in a New Home with the PVS on Friday. There is additional free parking on the streets surrounding the venue, including Summer and Harrison Streets to the north and Cleveland and Shattuck Streets to the south.


THIS SEASON, WE ARE OFFERING CONCERT TICKETS ON A SLIDING SCALE TO HELP MAKE THE JOY OF MUSIC EQUITABLY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. Tickets for all concerts can now be purchased at a $15-$35 scale. The seats are general admission, regardless of which you choose.

The suggested ticket price is $25. Choose a higher price to pay it forward and help us support accessibility for all. Choose a lower price for a discounted ticket, based on your financial need. Youth up to age 18 and college students of any age are still just $5.

WIC and EBT cardholders may attend PVS concerts for free through Mass Cultural Council's Card for Culture program. Contact the Box Office for more information: or (413) 773-3664. Free family tickets are available through the Museum Pass program at more than 30 local libraries! 


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