Beethoven's nine symphonies form the foundation, the heart of the entire canon of orchestral music. Maestro Intrilligator believes firmly in performing at least one Beethoven symphony each season to keep raising the artistic level of the orchestra. Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, Pastorale, was written to evoke the feelings when one leaves the city and communes with nature. The symphony ends with a calm sense of happiness and a feeling of joy to be alive.
Rachmaninoff's gorgeous second concerto is filled with romance and power. With a Russian style and sensibility, it provides many opportunities for our guest artist, Soyeon Lee to showcase virtuosity. Korean born, Soyeon has been hailed as a pianist with "a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style."