Music Director David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Announce their 2019-20 Season

David Lockington
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Music Director David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Announce their 2019-20 Season

  • MSO Celebrates 89th Season and features outstanding guest artists, MSO Chorus, Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra & Chorus

  • 25th annual Picnic at the Pops with a tribute to The Beatles

  • Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

  • Pops Series includes Holiday Pops, a symphonic tribute to the Hollywood Musical, and Pixar in Concert

  • MSO closes Classics Series with Cirque de la Symphonie

  • Music Director David Lockington’s 13th and final season with the Modesto Symphony

May 14, 2019 – The Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) 89th Season will be a landmark year. September will bring the 25th annual Picnic at the Pops and November will mark the beginning of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra’s (MSYO) 45th season as well as Music Director David Lockington’s 13th and final season with the Modesto Symphony. Maestro Lockington has been instrumental in both nurturing the orchestra’s artistic quality and developing the Modesto Symphony into a major regional orchestra in Northern California and the MSO looks forward to continuing to build on that reputation this year and for years to come.

Music Direct David Lockington will conduct all five of the MSO’s Classics Series concert programs performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Each Classics concert has performances on Friday and Saturday and a new 7:30 PM start time. Most of the Classics Series performances will feature a 30 minute Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30 PM which will give audiences the opportunity to hear the conductors and guest artists discuss the evening’s program. In addition to the Classics Series, the MSO also offers a three concert Pops Series (also performed at the Gallo Center) and the community favorites, Picnic at the Pops and Holiday Candlelight Concert.

“We are thrilled to present the MSO’s 89th Season! David Lockington has programmed an ambitious season that features some of the most iconic symphonic works of all time,” said Caroline Nickel, President and CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association. “We are grateful for how he has helped nurture and develop the Modesto Symphony’s artistic quality over these past 12 years and we look forward to celebrating his tenure throughout the coming season.”

2019-20 Classics Series overview: 

Ade Williams

Ade Williams

5 concerts performed on both Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at Gallo Center for the Arts

Opening the Classics Series in the MSO’s 89th Season on November 1 & 2, 2019 is a program of popular works lead by Music Director David Lockington with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) featuring Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica. Beethoven’s third symphony redefined symphonic music and continues to be one of the most popular symphonies of all time.  

On February 7 & 8, 2020 the MSO will bring back pianist Stephen Hough as he performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. That program will conclude with Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever popular Scheherazade.

April 3 & 4, 2020 will feature two young soloists, Ade Williams and Juan-Miguel Hernandez, on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola. Music Director David Lockington described this piece as “one of the greatest pieces ever written!” That weekend’s program will close out with Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.

The MSO Chorus will be featured on May 1 & 2, 2020 along with soprano Jennifer Bromagen, tenor Timur, and baritione Lee Poulis on Carl Orff’s monumental Carmina Burana. This will be the first time David Lockington has conducted this earth-shaking work with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

The MSO will conclude its Classics Series on May 29 & 30, 2020 with Cirque de la Symphonie. This concert will showcase music from your favorite composers while spectacular aerial flyers and acrobats perform alongside the Modesto Symphony!

Pops Series:

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © Disney/Pixar.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © Disney/Pixar.

3 concerts on Fridays at 7:30pm with an additional Saturday matinee at 2pm for two of the concerts performed in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts

The Pops Series begins with a celebration of the Holiday Season with the ever popular Holiday Pops concert lead by Associate Conductor Ryan Murray. This is a great opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Youth Chorus on December 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm and December 7, 2019 at 2pm.

The second concert in the Pops Series will bring your favorite animated characters to Modesto in Pixar in Concert. This multi-media concert on January 24 & 25, 2020 will feature clips from Toy Story, Up, The Incredibles and more while accompanied live by the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

The Pops Series closes with That’s Entertainment a concert set to celebrate the Hollywood Film musical. Conducted by Lucas Waldin, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra will revisit some of your favorites including My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, West Side Story and more!


Special Community Concerts: 

Picnic at the Pops on September 7, 2019 and Holiday Candlelight Concert on December 17, 2019.

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra will present their 25th Annual Picnic at the Pops on September 7, 2019 featuring the Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles. This year’s Picnic will feature Beatles hits like Penny Lane and Yesterday as well as a special salute to the 50th Anniversary of the revolutionary album, Abbey Road. Grounds open at 4pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm at the E. & J. Gallo Winery.

MSO Chorus Director Dr. Daniel R. Afonso, Jr. once again leads the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Youth Chorus, and the Opus Handbell Ensemble in a special concert that has become a treasured community tradition, the Holiday Candlelight Concert at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.


Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO):

3 concerts on Saturdays at 2pm in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts

The MSYO, led by MSO Associate Conductor Ryan Murray, is comprised of a diverse group of 120 outstanding young musicians from around the region ranging in age from 10 - 18. The MSYO consists of two ensembles, the Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, and both perform three times per season at the Gallo Center for the Arts.  Concert dates for the 2019-20 Season include: November 2, 2019 at 2pm, February 18, 2020 at 2pm and May 2, 2020 at 2pm.

TICKETS:                             

Subscription ticket packages for the MSO’s 2019-20 are on sale now at the Gallo Center for the Arts Ticket Office at (209) 338-2100 or ModestoSymphony.org.

Single Tickets for individual concerts, including Picnic at the Pops, will go on sale June 17th online and at the Gallo Center for the Arts Ticket Office. 

Ticket Office Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm. 


CLASSICS SERIES

Carmina Burana
Fortune, Fate & Love
May 1 & 2, 2020 at 7:30pm

David Lockington, conductor
MSO Chorus, Daniel R. Afonso Jr., director
MSO Youth Chorus
CSU Stanislaus Concert Chorale & Chamber Singers, Daniel R. Afonso Jr., director
Jennifer Bromagen, soprano
Timur, tenor
Lee Poulis, baritone

Sydney Wang: Pastorale
Orff: Carmina Burana

Cirque de la Symphonie
Classical Favorites with Dazzling Aerials & Acrobats!
May 29 & 30, 2020 at 7:30pm

David Lockington, conductor

Works by Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Bach and more!

Beethoven & Dvořák
Symphonic Heroes

November 1 & 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

David Lockington, conductor
Gabriel Martins, cello
Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, side-by-side

Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 5 & 6
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Russian Romantics & Storytelling

February 7 & 8, 2020 at 7:30pm

David Lockington, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazde

Mozart & Mendelssohn
A Symphonic Tour of Europe
April 3 & 4, 2020 at 7:30pm

David Lockington, conductor
Ade Williams, violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola

Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

 

POPS SERIES

That’s Entertainment!
Celebrating the Hollywood Film Musical

March 6, 2020 at 7:30pm

Lucas Waldin, conductor

Holiday Pops!

December 6, 2019 at 7:30pm
December 7, 2019 at 2:00pm

Ryan Murray, conductor
MSO Chorus, Daniel R. Afonso Jr., director
MSO Youth Chorus

Pixar in Concert
Live Orchestra with Film

January 24, 2020 at 7:30pm
January 25, 2020 at 2:00pm

Ryan Murray, conductor

 

SPECIAL COMMUNITY CONCERTS

Holiday Candlelight Concert

December 17, 2019 at 8:00pm
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church

Daniel R. Afonso Jr., conductor
MSO Chorus, Daniel R. Afonso Jr., director
MSO Youth Chorus
Opus Handbell Ensemble, Richard Colla, director

Picnic at the Pops!
Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles

September 7, 2019
Gates open: 4:00pm
Concert starts: 7:30pm
E. & J. Gallo Winery

Martin Herman, guest conductor

 

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