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May 6 & 7, 2023

Maestro’s Choice

Kevin Lau: For Home
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1
Tangos from Argentina (Arr. Esteban Fioroni)
Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
Guest artist: Kevin Ahfat

Follow the orchestra on an epic musical journey under the inspiring baton of our new music director! In an engaging program designed personally by Maestro Guggenheim, the Symphony will lead you through music that reflects his Argentine heritage blended with his Canadian roots. The jazz-inspired Ravel Piano Concerto will make its first appearance in our hall, showcasing the refined virtuosity of soloist Kevin Ahfat. We finish our journey with tangos arranged especially for the Oakville Symphony, ending with Ginastera’s mesmerizing Suite from Estancia. Program notes

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April 1 & 2, 2023

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

J. Strauss Jr: Die Fledermaus
Rosauro: Marimba Concerto
Guest artist: Bryan Allen

A highlight of our April concert is the seldom played but exciting Marimba Concerto by Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro, featuring Oakville Symphony’s own percussionist Bryan Allen. Along with this aurally and visually spectacular work for marimba and string orchestra, the OS will dazzle us with Johann Strauss Jr’s masterpiece overture, Die Fledermaus. The concert will be rounded out with the magnificent Symphony No. 2 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Program notes

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February 4 & 5, 2023

Dvorak Symphony No. 8

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor “Christmas Concerto”
Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto in D Major
Guest artist: Lynn Sue-A-Quan

This special concert showcases soloists from our own talented orchestra. The “Christmas Concerto” of Corelli will feature principals from the first and second violin section of the Oakville Symphony, as well as our principal cellist. Violist Lynn Sue-A-Quan, a former Hollier Award winner and Juilliard School graduate, will be the soloist in an early classical work – the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto. The concert concludes with Dvorak Symphony No. 8, considered to be the greatest of the Dvorak symphonies with its melodic folk tunes and dramatic passages. Program notes

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November 5 & 6, 2022

Haydn Symphony No. 104

Vaughan Williams: Folk Song Suite
Anna Clyne: PIVOT (Canadian Premiere)

Elgar: Cello Concerto
Guest artist: Paul Marleyn

Join us as the Oakville Symphony celebrates a thrilling new season under the leadership of our new music director. Enjoy the Canadian premiere of PIVOT, a lively short piece by English composer Anna Clyne inspired by her experiences of the Edinburgh Festival. In true celebratory fashion, we revel in the majestic strains of the last symphony ever written by Franz Joseph Haydn, No. 104 — the noble London Symphony. We welcome brilliant Anglo-Canadian cellist Paul Marleyn back to the stage to perform Elgar’s beautifully elegiac Cello Concerto in E minor. In a later work, Elgar’s concerto remains one of the most profound examples of English orchestral music. Program notes


December 11, 2022

Family Holiday Concert

Guest artist: Oakville Choir for Children & Youth

Showtimes: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Oakville Symphony’s Family Holiday Concert is an exciting celebration for families and lovers of the holiday spirit! Enjoy music from much-loved movies – Frozen, Home Alone, Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Sound of Music) – and songs by the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth. This one-hour concert also includes familiar pieces from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, traditional carols, plus the first performance of Waltz of the Snowmen by local composer Yuang Chen.

With thanks to Alex Irish & Associates, RE/MAX Escarpment, for their generous sponsorship.

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