Our 2022-2023 season includes 5 powerful concerts with music carefully selected by our music director / conductor, Fouad Fakhouri, to unite, ignite, and illuminate.
- Music on the Cutting Edge
- The Magic of Christmas
- Music to Celebrate: A Tribute to Black Composers
- Romantic Reflections
- Beethoven’s Immortal 5th
In More Detail
Music on the Cutting Edge
Saturday, October 22, 2022
The season opener comprises three pieces by composers with very distinctive voices.
José Pablo Moncayo composed Huapango in 1941 using idiomatic Mexican dances and a driving rhythm section that reflects his own career as a percussionist.
Mason Bates (b. 1977) is an American composer who demonstrates his ease with both the symphony orchestra and with electronica in the symphonic poem The B Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra. The five movements illustrate various American sights and sounds including a 1965 spacewalk (with recorded dialogue between the actual astronauts) and “Warehouse Medicine” in honor of techno’s Detroit birthplace.
Dmitri Shostakovich was a composer caught between his own creative ideas and the control of Soviet authorities in the mid-20th century. He had been condemned by the government for what they considered inappropriate learnedness, so in 1937 he wrote his 5th Symphony to rehabilitate himself. The resulting work was both brilliant and subtly filled with irony.
The Magic of Christmas
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra has been sharing its holiday spirit with generations of Great Lakes Bay audiences and we can’t wait to kick off the holiday season with the musical traditions of the season and celebrate with carols and timeless classics.
Music to Celebrate: A Tribute to black composers
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Over the last century, some Black composers have found their place in European-based classical music, while others have been at the forefront of creating distinctively Black styles of American music such as blues, jazz, and Motown. Tonight’s program honors composers from all these traditions.
Julia Perry’s Short Piece for Orchestra (1943) is full of exciting musical contrasts. Orchestral arrangements of popular standards follow, one group by Duke Ellington, another by Louis Armstrong, and a final set of Motown songs.
The main feature is William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony (1930), in which the composer merged a formal symphonic structure with the rhythms and idioms of blues and jazz.
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Romanticism in music took many shapes, including a big, rich orchestral sound, lush harmonies, and extremes of musical expression. All can be found in tonight’s selections.
Tchaikovsky’s music opens the program with the Polonaise from the opera Eugene Onegin. Typical of Tchaikovsky’s dances, the Polonaise is a tuneful, catchy dance, played by a large Romantic orchestra.
A style of music called Strurm and Drang [Storm and Stress] developed in the 18th-century became a precursor to 19th century Romanticism. The impassioned emotions of Joseph Haydn’s Symphony no. 88 in G-major, illustrate these characteristics.
The central piece on the program is Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 4, “Romantic” (1874), which has broad dimensions, an expansive form, and deep expressivity.
Beethoven’s Immortal 5th
Saturday, April 1, 2022
First is music by the American composer Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981), whose Starburst for string orchestra portrays the formation of new stars in a galaxy.
Igor Stravinsky’s quirkish Pulcinella, a 20th-century take on charming 18th-century music, follows.
Weber’s delightful Bassoon Concerto, ends the first half, with the SBSO’s principal bassoonist Mary Beth Minnis as soloist.
The evening ends with what is surely the most famous symphony of all time,
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Memorable for the first four notes that permeate the whole work, for the journey from C minor to the triumphal ending in C major, and for the first ever use in a symphony of piccolo, contrabassoon, and trombones, the Symphony provides an uplifting end to the season.