SAN RAFAEL, CA — The Marin Symphony is excited to announce its 64th season at Marin Center with conductor Alasdair Neale celebrating his 16th season as Music Director. The 2016-17 Season will be a memorable one as the orchestra welcomes internationally acclaimed violinist, Midori to Marin. The Marin Symphony and its Youth Orchestra have been selected as this season’s sole recipient of her Prestigious Orchestra Residency Program Award. In addition to working with the youth programs and providing outreach to Marin schools, Midori will be the featured guest artist for the Orchestra’s Masterworks 2 program. Overall, the season offers four Masterworks concerts and one holiday pops concert, each putting orchestral power on full display.
The season kicks off October 30th with “Masterworks 1: Bold Beginnings” featuring works by Adams, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. The program leads with John Adams’ joyful exuberant piece, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, brilliantly scored for a large orchestra. This kinetic gem evokes the excitement-cum-terror of a late-night thrill ride in a sports car. Guest artist Jon Nakamatsu, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” on piano. The evening concludes with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Today many regard it as his finest music, perhaps even comprehensive enough to be his Fourth Symphony. [Read more…]