Flint Symphony Orchestra

Rossini, Paganini & Respighi

7:30 PM
Location:  Whiting Auditorium

Flint Symphony Orchestra

Enrique Diemecke, music director & conductor
Ilya Kaler, violin

Journey to Italy
Gioachino Rossini, Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
Nicolo Paganini, Violin Concerto No. 2, B minor, op. 7 (La campanella)
Ottorino Respighi, Feste Romane, Fontana di Roma, Pini di roma (Roman Festival, Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome)

The journey continues onward, bringing listeners to Italy – known for its expressive, emotional, and operatic classical music. Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to La gazza ladra depicts the opera’s primary character – a clever magpie – through its distinctive use of snare drum, and alludes to some of the opera’s more tragic aspects through minor, stormy-feeling sections. Paganini’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor utilizes bell-like effects, evoking the Italian folk song. The program concludes with Respighi’s glorious tone poems, which vividly depict various scenes and events throughout Rome.

Concert sponsors

Title sponsor​​​​​​​:

Supporting sponsors:
Joe & Patti Higgins
Dr. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala
Dr. Mark & Genie Plucer
Dr. Stuart & Kathy Weiner

Inside the Music
Join us for an immersive journey Inside the Music! Delve deep into the works performed this evening as we welcome our esteemed guest speaker, Catherine McMichael, to share her unique insights and expertise. Inside the Music talks will enrich your concert experience and bring a new level of appreciation to the beautiful performance on stage. Inside the Music is free and will begin at 6:30pm prior to the concert start.

Inside the Music • 6:30pm at Whiting Auditorium. Free with concert ticket.
Guest Speaker: Catherine McMichael, Composer/Pianist, Owner of Camillia Music
Title: Bella Roma…(and other delights!)

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