Friday, December 8, 2017 - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Fry Santa Claus (Christmas Symphony)
Higdon Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky Selections from The Nutcracker Op. 71, TH 14
Adam Boyles conductor
Heather Taylor HSO principal oboe
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This December, the HSO presents a program of music sure to put you in a festive mood. Tchaikovsky’s selections from The Nutcracker bring to musical life everyone’s favorite holiday tale – young Clara’s dreams of a Nutcracker Prince. William Henry Fry’s Santa Claus (Christmas Symphony) is both a secular and religious celebration of the holiday, complete with a weary traveler, a holiday party and a visit from Father Christmas as the children sleep. Plus, American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto makes its HSO premiere, putting the spotlight on the beauty and grace of the instrument with a playful and shimmering piece. ‘Tis the season!
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Adam Boyles one hour prior to to the concert.
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Fry’s delightful Santa Claus Symphony receives the lightest of touches from Tony Rowe and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (NAXOS), where the fun and fantasy of this pastiche work are perfectly caught.
Jennifer Higdon’s melodic Oboe Concerto is lovingly performed by James Button with Giancarlo Guerrero conducting the Nashville Symphony (NAXOS).
Hard to go wrong with virtually any great orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, but Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony are charm personified, a surprising result from the martinet of conductors (RCA). If you fancy a complete recording of the ballet, Ashkenazy with the Royal Philharmonic are tops (DECCA).