Holland Symphony Orchestra announces its Classics Up-Close concert on Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm. This is the first concert of the fall season featuring two of the orchestra’s own musicians as soloists. This concert showcases pieces written for a small orchestra in the intimate setting of First United Methodist Church in Holland, 57 W. 10th Street.
The evening opens with Claude Debussy’s “Suite Bergamasques.” In ethereal colors, this piece showcases woodwinds, harp, and strings. It includes the famous “Claire de Lune,” Debussy’s best known work. This will be followed by Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, featuring HSO principal French Horn, Greg Bassett. In addition to his position with HSO, Greg plays in the West Michigan Symphony and teaches philosophy at Hope College. He received degrees from Swarthmore College, New England Conservatory, and Indiana University. A native of Detroit, he moved to Holland in 2010 after having lived in Cleveland for ten years, where he was a member of the Olympic Brass Quintet, Cleveland Opera Orchestra, and Erie Philharmonic. He has played with groups such as the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has also been music director of the Solon Opera Orchestra, Chagrin Valley Chamber Orchestra, and Fairview Park Band.
The next featured soloist will be bassoonist Genevieve Beaulieu, playing Carl Maria von Weber’s “Andante and Hungarian Rondo.” Genevieve has held faculty positions at Hope College, Michigan State University, and Michigan State University's Community Music School. She earned her Doctorate and Master's from Michigan State University and her Bachelor's from Ohio State University. In addition to her position with HSO, she is a member of the Midland and Traverse Symphony Orchestras. She regularly performs with other orchestras across the state, including the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and West Michigan symphonies. Genevieve is an active chamber musician as a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, Taneycomo Winds, and ma non troppo, an outreach trio based in Grand Rapids. In 2015, Genevieve co-founded Duo Corcra with her husband, saxophonist Adam Briggs.
The concert will conclude with one of Mozart’s best known works, Symphony No. 40. This stormy piece was written late in Mozart’s life and has been an audience favorite ever since.
Seating is limited for this concert. Individual tickets for this concert are $22 per adult and $5 per student. They are available at the door and from the Symphony office by phoning 616-796-6780, the website at www.hollandsymphony.org or by mail at PO Box 2685, Holland, MI 49422. Tickets are also available through The Season Ticket Plus package, HSO’s six-concert series, which includes the five Season Ticket concerts plus the Classics Up-Close concert for $110/adult and $30/student. First-time subscribers can purchase Season Tickets or Season Ticket Plus packages at 30% off the regular price. Classics Up Close is partially underwritten by Our Favorite Things Auction sponsored by the League of Holland Symphony, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.