2018-2019 Season

The 2018-2019 concert program features masterworks by Haydn and Mozart; glorious compositions by Bernstein and Copland; exceptional works by the Schumann family; and the special talents of dynamic, young soloists.

Music Director Michael Repper will be returning for his third season, leading the wonderful musicians of the orchestra with the artistry and energy that make each concert memorable, He also will host enlightening and entertaining talks before each concert.

Bernstein Birthday

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talks starting at 6:45 p.m.)
Lancaster Middle School Theatre, Kilmarnock

The orchestra’s 28th season begins with Mozart’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 5, with violinist Grace Park, who has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, and Walt Disney Hall, and has performed alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The concert will celebrate Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth with performances of two glittering Bernstein compositions CBS Music and Slava! The program includes Sibelius’ stirring anthem Finlandia.

American Showcase

Friday, March 22, 2019 -7:30 p.m. (Option A)
Note: Change of Venue: Lancaster Middle School Theatre, Kilmarnock
St. Clare Walker Middle School Theatre, Locust Hill

Saturday, March 23, 2019 -7:30 p.m. (Option B)
Northumberland High School Theatre, Heathsville

The winter concert opens with Haydn’s spirited Symphony No. 83. The program highlights the music of American composers, including Aaron Copland’s delightful Old American Songs with the Chesapeake Chorale and Gwyneth Walker’s moving Sweet Land.

The orchestra also will perform the winning composition in the NNO’s Composition Contest, a statewide contest to identify creative new composers in Virginia.

Schumann Celebration

Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Lancaster Middle School Theatre, Kilmarnock

The season concludes Mozart’s unforgettable Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, followed by a performance of Clara Schumann’s virtuoso Piano Concerto, with soloist Vijay Venkatesh. The pianist has appeared with the Seattle Symphony, Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna International Orchestra, and has performed in concert halls in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.

The program closes with a performance of Robert Schumann’s majestic Symphony No. 3.



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