San Bernardino Symphony welcomes Maestro Frank Fetta
The San Bernardino Symphony has announced its 2013-14 season and the official addition of Maestro Frank Fetta as its Music Director and Conductor.
"The new season is extraordinary, but what is even more special is that Frank has accepted the position," said Symphony President Mary Schnepp. "We have always had a wonderful working relationship with Frank and I think he is a wonderful fit for the Symphony. His enthusiasm and the way he relates to audiences are inspiring. He is just a joy to work with."
Incoming President Judith Valles agrees.
“I’m very excited Frank has officially signed on," she said, adding, "He is just what the community needs."
San Bernardino Symphony Personnel Manager Noah Gladstone added his thoughts on behalf of the orchestra members: "Frank brings an unparalleled excitement to the podium. It's going to be a thrilling season."
"I am thrilled to be an official member of the team and am looking forward to the coming year," he said.
"I enjoy talking with people about the art that I love and I'd like them to share the sense of enthusiasm that I feel to propel us all forward. There are certain works that I love to do and I will be looking for opportunities to bring them back or to introduce them to the community, especially those pieces that have been absent from our repertoire for a while. I want what we do to reflect what the community in a local, cultural sense, but also in a broader sense that will make San Bernardino one of the most highly desirable concert venues in California."
Maestro Fetta, who personally selected the pieces that comprise the upcoming season, discussed the rich tapestry of offerings.
"We have the lofty task to bring unique, stand-alone experiences within the confines of just five principal concerts, but I think we have achieved our goal and that audiences will find each concert to have its own unique personality. I believe people will look at the season and see things they know and love and also things they're excited about hearing for the first time," said Fetta.
Adds Symphony Executive Director Valerie Peister, “We are thrilled to present such richly diverse programming for the year ahead. Frank has crafted an amazing season which will most certainly showcase the breadth and range of what can so beautifully be presented in symphonic form.”
The season will, indeed, bring a wide variety of musical offerings as it commences on Sept. 28 with Beyond Gravity where concert goers will experience Holst's enduring and imaginative The Planets and space age selections from John Williams’ award-winning Star Wars and E.T. scores.
"We were guided by thematic material and the desire to combine two genres of music," said Fetta adding, with a laugh, "Holst's The Planets does not actually include reference to the Earth so we're including our planet by doing Williams' ET piece here on earth."
November 9, the Symphony will present Bold Voyage, celebrating Sibelius' vividly triumphant Symphony No. 5 and passionate Russian soloist Ruslan Biryukov's interpretation of Dvorak's magnificent Cello Concerto.
Explained Maestro Fetta, "The reference to bold voyages is both in the boldness of these beautiful traditional pieces and in the fact that both composers gained worldwide notoriety thus boldly extending their ethnic heritages."
At the annual Family Concert and Family Music Fair, scheduled for January 13, 2014, audiences of all ages will enjoy the Symphony's imaginative rendition of Prokfiev's enchanting tale of Peter and the Wolf, narrated by former San Bernardino Mayor and incoming Symphony Board President, Judith Valles.
In addition, the Symphony will perform Sinfonia India by noted Mexican composer Carlos Chavez, Copland's ever-popular Billy the Kid, and Manuel de Falla's rhythmic and charismatic Fire Dance.
On March 9, the Symphony will present Sax & Strings which will include Barber's ever-popular Adagio for Strings, Bach's Brandenbery Concerto No. 3, Mozart's timeless Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and the intriguing first time ever presentation of Glazunov's Concerto for Saxophone featuring soloist Matthew Ennis.
"Initially, we were simply going to focus on strings for the entire concert, which would be wonderful on its own, but we wanted to bring in an unusual instrument, like the saxophone, to enhance the overall concert experience," said Fetta, adding, "This will be a very romantic concerto."
The May 3 finale will conclude an outstanding season with MasterWorks, including Tchaikovsky's inspired Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff's romantically virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring audience favorite, the renowned pianist Norman Krieger.
"The Rachmaninoff is one of the most difficult of all piano concertos. I think people will be thrilled with these two big Russian works," said Fetta, adding, "But we cannot get ahead of ourselves, the Classics Revisited concert coming up on May 18 will include some very beautiful classical pieces and we will be joined by violin soloist Lindsay Deutsch. She will be playing the Brahms Violin Concerto, a hauntingly beautiful piece that every young violinist aspires to play. I think the program is beautifully balanced and I cannot wait to bring this concert to the San Bernardino audience."
In addition to the five major concerts and the popular pre-concert lectures and post-concert afterglow receptions, the San Bernardino Symphony will continue to extend its musical reach outside its home venue, the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.
Last season, the Symphony performed in Fontana and Lake Arrowhead, and this spring it will be performing a special concert for the Loma Linda University Health community. In addition, the Symphony will hold Musicale events in private homes to highlight the talents of visiting performers, coordinate with the San Bernardino Symphony Guild for musical fundraising events such as Bach to Boots, and continue its community outreach efforts through both the Music in the Schools and Musicians in the Schools Programs which benefit thousands of San Bernardino City School District children each year.
"We have a wonderful opportunity to take this gem of an orchestra and make it a gift of it to the region in so many ways," said Fetta.
To purchase a five-concert season subscription, starting at $70 per person, or learn additional information about the San Bernardino Symphony and its upcoming programs, members of the public may call the San Bernardino Symphony office at (909) 381-5388 or visit the Symphony’s website at www.sanbernardinosymphony.org.
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