Past Seasons

2016-17

Our Nineteenth Concert

From the Baroque to Impressionism

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Old South Church, Boston, MA

Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, op. 10 no. 3
Galina Gershteyn, Arie Yaacobi, Akemi Leung, Hojean Yoo Soloists
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Verdi: Operatic Arias
Steven Myles, Tenor | Peter Freisinger, Piano
             “Questa o quella” from Rigoletto
             “Dal labbro” from Falstaff
             “Ingemisco” from Requiem
             “La Donna e mobile” from Rigoletto
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C, “Jupiter”

Readings:

Saint Saens: Bacchanale
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, The Rhenish (November 4, 2016)
Smetana: The Moldau
Schubert: Symphony No. 9, The Great (Jan. 27, 2017)
Brahms: Haydn Variations
Berlioz: Scene d’amour from Romeo et Juliette (March 16, 2017)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 (May 18, 2017)

2015-16

Our Eighteenth Concert

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Old South Church, Boston, MA

Goleminov: Five Sketches for String Orchestra (1952)

Bizet: “Je dis” from Carmen
Puccini: “Mi chiamano Mimi” from La Boheme
Mozart: “Come scoglio” from Cosi Fan Tutte
Samina Aslam, Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Benjamin Park: “It Only Goes Forward”
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 in Bb, K. 456
Constantine Finehouse, Soloist

Readings:

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb (March 19, 2015)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (Jan. 18, 2016)

2014-15

Our Seventeenth Concert

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Old South Church, Boston, MA

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Edevaldo Mulla, Violoncello Soloist

Jakov Jakoulov: The Horizon (world premiere, composer in attendance)
Meyerbeer: “Nobles Seigneurs” from Les Hueguenots
Chabrier: “Romance de l’etoile” from L’etoile “

Saint Saens: “Mon coeur s’ouvre” from Samson et Dalila
Grace Allendorf, Mezzo-Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Readings:

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D (Nov. 20, 2014)
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 with Heidi Freimanis, Soprano (Jan. 19, 2015)
Elgar: Enigma Variations (May 14, 2015)

2013-14

Our Sixteenth Concert

Sunday, September 13, 2013
Old South Church, Boston, MA

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201
Aaron Rosenberg: To Finish the Moment (world premiere, composer in attendance)

Thomas: “O vin, dissipe la tristesse” from Hamlet
Donizetti: “Bella siccome un angelo” from Don Pasquale
Leoncavallo: “Si puo?” Prologue from I Pagliacci
Philip Lima, Baritone | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto in B-flat Major, Op. 19
Artem Belogurov, Soloist

Readings:

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Feb. 12, 2014)
Schumann: Manfred Overture
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (March 26, 2014)
Debussy: Nocturnes
Strauss: Don Juan
Ravel: La Valse (May 14, 2014)

2012-13

Our Fifteenth concert

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Old South Church, Boston

Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C, K. 314
Nathan Swain, Soloist

Dan Shore: Bergen Variations (2012)
     (world premiere; composer in attendance)
Berlioz: “O blonde Cérès” from Les Troyens
Delibes: “Ah! Viens dans la forêt profonde” from Lakmé
Halévy: “Loin de son ami” from La Juive

Donizetti: “Ah! mes amis” from La fille du régiment
Sean Lair, Tenor | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Haydn: Symphony No. 45, “Farewell”

Readings: 

BeethovenSymphony No. 9 with Soloists Kay Patterson Shaw, Thea Lobo, Eric Christopher Perry, and Miles Rind (May 16, 2013)
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in A (April. 3, 2013)
TchaikovskySymphony No. 6, Pathetique
Schoenberg Five Orchestra Pieces, Op. 16, full 1909 orchestra version (Jan. 16, 2013)
BerliozSymphonie Fantastique (Nov. 13, 2012)

2011-12

Our Fourteenth concert

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Old South Church, Boston

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (sung in German)
Featuring
Heidi Freimanis, Anna Ward, Ellen Allen, Farah Darliette Lewis, Sopranos
Grace Allendorf, Shannon Rolbiecki, Yuan Zhou, Altos
Sean Lair (Evangelist), Brendan Daly, Martin Thomson, Tenors
RaShaun Campbell, Jeremy Collier, Basses

In this performance, the soloists formed the chorus.

Our Thirteenth concert

Saturday, September 24, 2011
First Church, Boston

Debussy: Danses (for harp and string orchestra)
Amanda Romano, Harp Soloist

Vasiliy Medved: A New England Autumn (2011)
(world premiere; composer in attendance)

Italian Arias:
Mozart: “Un’aura amorosa” from Cosi fan tutte
Donizetti: “Spirto Gentil” from La Favorita
Leoncavallo: Harlequin’s “Serenata” from Pagliacci
Encores: Fly me to the Moon, A Foggy Day
Martin Bakari, Tenor | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Haydn: Symphony No. 7, Le midi

 

Readings:

Stravinsky: Petrushka, 1911 version
Debussy: La mer (Nov. 14,  2011)
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (May 17, 2012)

2010-11

Our Twelfth concert

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Old South Church, Boston

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor
Sopranos: Margaret Felice, Heidi Freimanis 
Altos: Christina Calamaio, Jacque Wilson 
Tenors: Eric Christopher Perry, Christopher Aaron Smith 
Basses: James C.S. Liu, James Dargan

In this performance, the soloists also formed the chorus.

Our Eleventh concert

Saturday Nov. 20, 2010
Old South Church, Boston

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings

Our Tenth concert

Saturday, September 25, 2010
First Church, Boston

Haydn: Symphony No. 8, Le Soir
Igor Tkachenko: Concerto alla Breve (world premiere; composer in attendance)

Bizet: “Habanera” from Carmen
Gounod: “Que fais tu, blanche tourterelle?” from Romeo et Juliette
Massenet: “Va! Laisse couler mes larmes” from Werther
Saint-Saens: “Amour! Viens aider ma faiblesse” from Samson et Dalila
Christina Calamaio, Mezzo-Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto in F, K. 459
Natalie Erlich, Soloist

 

Readings:

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (Jan. 17, 2011)
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (May 11, 2011)

2009-10

Our Ninth concert

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Old South Church, Boston

J.S. Bach: St. John Passion (sung in German)
Evangelist: Gregory Zavracky
Soprano: Kay Patterson-Shaw
Alto: Christina English
Tenors: Jason Connell (incl. arias), Francisco Javier Rivera Serrat
Bass: Jarvis Wyche

In this performance, the soloists also formed the chorus.

Our Eighth concert

Sunday, January 31, 2010
First Church, Boston

Haydn: Symphony No. 6, Le matin
Mila German: Four Seasons (world premiere; composer from Connecticut [via NY, and Ukraine] in attendance)

Italian Arias:
Donizetti: “Regnava nel Silenzio” from Lucia di Lammermoor
Verdi: “Sempre Libera” from La Traviata
Yelena Dudochkin, Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb
Jonathan Bass, Soloist

Our Seventh concert

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Old South Church, Boston

Suk: Serenade for Strings
Kam Morrill: Elegy for Strings (world premiere; composer from Seattle in attendance)

Dvorak: Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Rachmaninov: Vocalise
Anonymous: Ukranian folk song
Menotti: Monica’s Waltz from The Medium
Olga Lisovskaya, Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Britten: Simple Symphony
Wiren: Serenade for Strings

Our Sixth concert

Saturday, September 26, 2009
First Church, Boston

Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Es sungen drei Engel; Rheinlegendchen, Urlicht, Lob des hohen Verstands
Thea Lobo, Mezzo-Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Thea Lobo, Mezzo-Soprano

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

 

Reading:

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (June 10, 2010)

2008-09

Our Fifth concert

Saturday, March 14, 2009
First Church, Boston

Antonio Vivaldi: Spring (from the Four Seasons)
Abigail Karr, Violin Soloist

Donald Denniston: Normandie (world premiere; composer in attendance)

Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Eubie Blake: I’m Just Wild about Harry from Shuffle Along
Abel Meeropol: Strange Fruit
Spiritual (arr. Freisinger), Let My People Go
George Gershwin: My Man’s Gone Now from Porgy and Bess
Fats Waller: Aint Misbehavin’ from the musical revue
Spiritual (arr. Freisinger) Ride on, King Jesus
Sarita Lilly, Soprano, and Jarvis Wyche, Baritone | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Bartok: Divertimento for String Orchestra

Our Fourth concert

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009
Old South Church, Boston

Matti Kovler: Nineveh (for String Orchestra)
(world premiere; composer in attendance)
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in G minor, La Poule

Mozart arias:
“Torna di Tito a lato” from La Clemenza di Tito
“Deh, per questo istante solo” from La Clemenza di Tito
“Voi che sapete” from Le Nozze di Figaro
Thea Lobo, Mezzo-Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15 in Bb, K. 450
Eunyoung Kim, Soloist

Our Third concert

Saturday, November 22, 2008
First Church, Boston

Mohammed Fairouz: Memoriam (2004); composer in attendance
Grieg: Holberg Suite

Grieg: Ich Liebe Dich
Solveig’s Song from Peer Gynt
Brahms: Wie Melodien zieht es mir Sonntag
Sarah Bellott, Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K. 453
Amira Acre, Soloist

Our Second concert

Sunday, September 28, 2008
First Church, Boston

Arensky: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony, Op. 9
Kreisler: Liebesleid
Bloch: Simchas Torah
from Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Chassidic Life
Victor Romanul, Violin | Peter Freisinger, piano

Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin
Zhanna Alkhazova, Soprano | Peter Freisinger, Piano

Moshe Shulman: Vibrations (world premiere; composer in attendance)

Vivaldi: Autumn (from the Four Seasons)
Victor Romanul, Violin Soloist (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Our Inaugural concert

Saturday, June 28, 2008
First Church, Boston

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Luiz Castelões: Siren Etude for String Orchestra (world premiere; composer in attendance)

Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons
Arie Yaacobi, Violin Soloist

Two improvisations at the piano by Peter Freisinger
Anthony Green: Instinct (world premiere; composer in attendance)
Haydn: Symphony No. 85, La Reine