Concerts & Tickets
The WVS begins the 2023-24 season with a stirring and emotionally charged program of great music from the Russian repertoire. Brilliant and energetic, Kabalevsky’s overture to his comic opera Colas Breugnon is full of sparkle and wit. Audience favorite, pianist Vladimir Khomyakov, will perform one of the best piano concertos of the 20th century and after the intermission, Rimsky-Korsakov will entertain you with stories from the master storyteller Scheherazade.
Dimitri Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture
Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Vladimir Khomyakov, soloist
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
The Spirit of the Season
The West Valley Chorale, Ken Goodenberger conductor, joins our West Valley Symphony to provide delightful holiday music. Ken Goodenberger will also perform as vocal soloist and narrate a setting of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The program will also feature an interesting arrangement of The 12 Days of Christmas as seen through the ages and musical styles.
Seasonal Favorites: The West Valley Chorale and Ken Goodenberger, conductor.
Who's On First Bas(s)?
The virtuoso soloist is rarely found playing the double bass, but Catalin Rotaru will demonstrate that he belongs in that elevated world of superstar performers. According to Abbott and Costello, the name of the 2nd baseman is “What”, the 3rd baseman is “I don’t know” but if there ever was a question about “Who’s on 1st Bas(s)?, you will know the answer after Maestro Rotaru performs.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen “Gypsy Airs”, Catalin Rotaru, soloist
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A Major
Orchestra Bon Bons From Favorite Operas
The WVS will reach for the grease paint once again in an orchestral salute to 19th century opera. You don’t want to miss this one!
Jacques Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld
Amilcare Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours
Georges Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2
Ruggero Leoncavallo: Intermezzo from I Pagliacci
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Giacomo Puccini: Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Giuseppe Verdi: Triumphal March and Ballet from Aida
Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture
How "Suite" It Is!
Whatever your favorite, Mendelssohn’s experiment with neoclassicism and later jazz, Ravel’s early initiation of the Romantic period using fresh lyrical melodies, or Stravinsky’s modernistic approach to rhythm, there’s something “suite” here for everyone!
Felix Mendelssohn: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; Suite
Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Igor Stravinsky: “The Firebird” Suite 1919
All Gershwin - By George!
The great American spirit lives on in the youthful presence of George Gershwin who was instrumental in establishing jazz as a musical medium that deserved to be heard in the concert hall. His major works are presented here and will always be fresh, original and memorable.
A Cuban Overture
Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture
Rhapsody in Blue, Walter Cosand, soloist
An American in Paris