Welcome to our 2018-2019 season!

Martin Majkut 2017 – photo by Christopher Briscoe

Dear Symphony patron,

This season we offer you not two, not three, but four piano soloists! The reason for the piano extravaganza is the addition of Peter Serkin. He was eager to come visit after illness prevented him from doing so last season. We will open the season with the magnificent French pianist Lise de la Salle, who is at home on the greatest concert stages from Vienna to Chicago to Los Angeles. Jeffrey Biegel and Alexander Tutunov, both immensely popular with the RVS audiences, round out our star-studded piano roster.

There will be two premieres this year: a piano concerto by the celebrated composer Christopher Theofanidis and a viola concerto by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. The soloist for the Jandali concerto is none other than the preeminent violist Roberto Díaz. Our parade of soloists is completed by the violinist Livia Sohn, an elegant and outstanding player, who will be a perfect match for the Mendelssohn Concerto.

We will contemplate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a moving piece that uses the speech by Senator Robert Kennedy from that fateful night. As you come to expect from the RVS, the entire season will be filled with popular symphonies by Dvořák, Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams.

We are returning, after a few years’ hiatus, to the popular holiday candlelight concerts. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy the RVS in a more intimate setting. If you have children or grandchildren, do not forget to take them to the Discovery concert, where we present a very cool musical whodunit detective story called The Composer is Dead.

It is my sincere hope that you will find joy, excitement and surprise in equal parts in the programs of our 2018/19 season. Thank you for being part of the RVS family! As we start the next 50 years of music making, your enjoyment and support is our supreme driving force.

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