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Salisbury Symphony Orchestra's Upcoming Season

Concert Season 2018-2019

The Life and Times of BeethovenNigel Taproot headshot

Featuring Really Inventive Stuff
A Family Concert on Saturday, October 20 – Holloway Hall Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Professor Nigel Taproot, the affable and learned classical music aficionado, invites you to an original Really Inventive Stuff program for families celebrating Beethoven, his remarkable age, and four famous notes. Featuring the music of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with a playful peppering of fascinating facts and timely trivia. (Did you know Washington was president during Beethoven's lifetime?  Roller skates were invented, too!) This enlightening performance is a splendid introduction to Beethoven's musical genius.


Winter Holiday is in the AireMelissa Harvey headshot

Featuring Melissa Harvey, Soprano
Saturday, December 8 – Holloway Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Soprano Melissa Harvey’s impressive stylistic versatility can be heard in operatic and concert repertoire spanning over four centuries.  Her recent activity in 20th and 21st century opera includes the world premiere of Douglas Pew’s Lo the Bridegroom Comes, Alice in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, Flora (cover) in New York City Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw, three world premieres with the Cincinnati-based NANOWorks Opera, and Lucinda (cover) with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters.  Ms. Harvey’s prodigious activity in early music has made her invaluable to concert organizations such as Catacoustic Consort, Collegium Cincinnati, Bourbon Baroque, and the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble.  With these organizations, she has performed such works as Bach Cantatas BWV 04, 71, 106, 196, Magnificat, and Christmas Oratorio, Handel (Dixit Dominus and various duets), Haydn (Lord Nelson Mass), Mozart (Mass in c minor), and Poulenc (Gloria).  Ms. Harvey received her BM and MM in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).


On The DoubleGroup photo of duo MemDi

Featuring Duo MemDi, violin & piano
Saturday, March 9 – Holloway Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Duo MemDi was founded by violinist Igor Kalnin and pianist Rochelle Sennet in the summer of 2010, when they served on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. The duo performs all repertoire by memory, as they believe that it allows them to connect with composers’ ideas in a more profound and insightful way. They understand it as internalization and re-composing of the structural, harmonic, and melodic elements of a particular work. Another focus of the duo is to increase diversity and inclusion in the world of classical music, and they have worked with living composers from various backgrounds. These two fundamental ideas created the name of the duo: Mem[ory] and Di[versity] - MemDi. Since its inception, the Duo performed a broad variety of repertoire by memory, including sonatas of Bartok, Beethoven, Brahms, Franck, and Prokofiev, and numerous violin and piano showpieces. The duo has also commissioned a number of works, including Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano by the African-American composer James Lee III and Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra by the Uzbek woman composer Dilorom Saidaminova. They performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and across the United States.


Rachmaninoff’s RealmErnie Barretta headshot

Featuring Ernest Barretta, piano
Saturday, May 11 – Holloway Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Recognized, at a young age, as a pianist “in command of his instrument and the music at every intricate turn ... his technical expertise, stage presence and sensitivity to the music are truly inspiring in so youthful a pianist” (McKeesport Daily News), American pianist Ernest Barretta continues to enjoy success as both soloist and chamber musician. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad, as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony in St. Petersburg, Russia, the National Gallery Orchestra of Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra; this is his second appearance with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Barretta additionally devotes a great deal of his time to teaching; the rewarding task of working with emerging talent is an important part of his life as a musician. He is currently on the piano faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, pre-college division, having served previously on the piano faculties of The Peabody Conservatory and Towson University. He also enjoys working as conductor and composer, and is Music Director of the several ensembles that make up the music program at St. Joseph, Fullerton, in Baltimore, MD.

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