• Holland Symphony Orchestra Opening Concerts of 2019-2020 Season

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    September 17, 2019
    Holland Symphony Orchestra
    P O Box 2685
    Holland MI 49422-2685

    Holland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director, Johannes Müller Stosch announce the opening concerts of 2019-2020 season with guest artist, Rachel Barton Pine.  The two uniquely different concerts highlight the connection between the classical and rock worlds as seen through Pine’s perspective.      

                Classics I, Rachel Barton Pine—Defying Boundaries! will include three of the orchestral repertoire’s greatest masterpieces.  This concert will take place on Saturday, September 28th at 7:30pm at the Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center, Hope College.  An additional concert will take place on Saturday, September 28th at 3:30.  The concert sponsors are David P. Roossien and Holland Charter Township. The concert is also sponsored in part by a grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Our educational sponsor for this concert is Hope College. 
                Tickets are $22 for adults and $5 for students K through college. Hear a lively discussion about the concert lead by Maestro Johannes Müller Stosch and Concertmaster Amanda Dykhouse in the Jack H. Miller Center from 6:30 to 7:00pm prior to the concert.  Classical Chats continue at Freedom Village, (145 Columbia Ave.) 6th floor at 3:00pm on the Thursdays prior to the three Classical Concerts.  This is open to concert attendees.  Season tickets, single tickets and brochures are available 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.  The five-concert season ticket subscription includes Classics I, II, III, Holiday and Family.  Adults are $90 and Students (through college) are $25.  Firsttime subscribers can purchase season tickets at 50% off the regular price.  Seats at the new Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center are assigned. Seating at Dimnent Chapel and the Zeeland East High School DeWitt Auditorium are general admission. 
                 HSO is thrilled to perform with renowned violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine.  Pine is a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks who delights audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.  Pine has played with orchestras around the world and has recorded 39 albums.  Pine was a child prodigy who performed with the Chicago Symphony at age ten and also listened to heavy metal in her spare time.  This enables her to be a bridge between generations of music fans and is known as an artistic ambassador who connects the threads between classical and rock/heavy metal music.
                  The 7:30 performance is part of HSO’s season ticket package and presents the full classics program.  The first half of the concert features two Russian pieces.  Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor features beautiful folk melodies, dance tunes, and fiery orchestral passages.  Then the orchestra will accompany Pine on the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, one of the greatest and most frequently played violin concertos.  It contains beautiful melodies and exciting fireworks for the soloist.  The concert will conclude with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.  Brahms worked on this work for over 20 years, and it forever changed composers’ and audiences’ ideas of what a symphony could be.  It has moments of pounding anguish, heartfelt longing, and driving excitement.  The work begins in despair, works through longing and peace, and ends in majestic triumph.
                 The 3:30 concert is entitled “Rockin’ with Rachel” and will feature the Borodin overture and Tchaikovsky concerto.  After that, Pine will perform her own arrangement of some of her favorite heavy metal pieces accompanied by a small group of students from Holland Area Youth Orchestra.  This concert is open to the public, but also part of a Rock 101 Workshop that Pine will be leading for area string students on Saturday morning, September 28 from 10am to noon.  She will teach them the art of “shredding” and other non-classical styles of playing.  The workshop will include the session with Pine followed by lunch, groups sessions with Hope Music faculty and a tour of the Hope arts corridor.   The workshop is sponsored by Holland Symphony Orchestra and Hope College Department of Music.  More information and registration forms can be found at https://www.hollandsymphony.org/event/workshop-with-rachel-barton-pine/  
    For more information, contact the Holland Symphony Orchestra:
    Pictures of the soloists available by contacting the HSO and are available on the website.
    Phone: 616.796-6780
    Email: hso@hollandsymphony.org
    Web: www.hollandsymphony.org
    Mail: PO Box 2685, Holland, MI 49422-2685


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