Newburgh Symphony Schedules Special February
“Concert of Concertos”
Newburgh – The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) will perform a special concert on Saturday, February 1 at 4:00 pm at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh. This “Concert of Concertos,” under the direction of Maestro Russell Ger, will feature the works of composing giants Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev performed by three soloists accompanied by the GNSO orchestra.
“A concerto is any piece for solo instrumentalist and orchestra and usually consists of three movements,” said Maestro Ger. “One of the hallmarks of a concerto is the dialogue between the group (orchestra) and the individual (soloist). Sometimes it is cooperative, sometimes competitive and sometimes an outright confrontation,” he noted.
This special concert represents the second year of a unique partnership between the GNSO and Moxart, Inc., a Philadelphia-area non-profit organization whose mission is to provide musicians with opportunities that would otherwise not be available. Moxart’s Concerto Program enables accomplished, non-professional musicians to play a concerto with a fine orchestra. After their great success in Philadelphia, Moxart continued to expand by reaching out to the GNSO in the Hudson Valley and the orchestra was delighted to begin building this new partnership.
“After the great success of our inaugural collaboration with Moxart last season,” Mr. Ger continued, “we are thrilled to present this program. The three works on display this year couldn’t be more different. Mozart’s dulcet Clarinet Concerto, dating from the last year of his life, is sweet, winsome and, in the middle movement, utterly sublime, By contrast, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 from 1923 is bold and energetic, forged in the heady afterglow of the Russian Revolution. Lastly, Beethoven’s youthful Piano Concerto No. 2 is gracious and genial, but still bears the characteristic drama that is a hallmark of his later work. All in all, the evening is sure to entrance our listeners.”
Again, the “Concert of Concertos” will be presented Saturday, February 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College’s Aquinas Hall. This is a special concert not included in the annual subscription. All tickets are priced at $25. Call 845/913-7157 or visit www.newburghsymphony.org. Students are admitted free to Open seating. The snow date for the concert is Sunday, February 2, at 4:00 pm.
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions of the Hudson River Valley. It was founded in 1995 by Dr. Woomyung Choe and its first president, George Handler, who was followed as president after 10 years by the late Fred McCurdy. In addition to its regular concerts, the Orchestra performs special engagements, such as with Moxart and concerts in 2018 and 2019 at Boscobel House & Gardens. .