The Bergen Symphony Orchestra, one of the pre-eminent classical orchestras in the county, begins its 7th concert season with works from Brahms, Mozart, Sibelius, and Elgar. This exciting concert, called “the Spice of Life,” will take place on Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 at the Fort Lee High School Auditorium, 3000 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ and will feature the acclaimed violinist Yura S.J. Oh.
Woomyung Choe, the conductor and driving force behind the TBSO, said, “I enjoy bringing serious classical music, affordable to everyone, to people of all ages in the local community.” Choe continued, “My vision for the TBSO is for it to continue to grow in Bergen County and include more young people, both in the audience and as performers.”
The program will begin with Johannes Brahms‘ (1833–1897) boisterous Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80, a take off on student drinking songs, written as a thank you to the University of Breslau for his honorary doctorate of music.
The next piece, Concerto for Violin No. 4 in D Major, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) when he was 19, will be performed by Yura Oh.
Ms. Oh has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician at major venues like Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, David Geffen Hall and Carnegie Hall. A prize-winning violinist, she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at Juilliard, where she received a full scholarship.
The concert continues with Karelia Suite, Opus 11 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). This popular three-movement suite was written in 1893 to capture the spirit of Finland’s folk heritage.
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) composed Variations for Orchestra on an Original Theme, Opus 36, popularly known as the Enigma Variations, as a tribute to his circle of friends. This orchestra work is a series of 14 short, both humorous and serious, musical portraits of friends and family, which includes his own self-portrait as the finale.
TBSO, a 55-piece orchestra, is made up of professional musicians from the greater New York/New Jersey area. Its mission is to provide a high quality classical music experience that will not only enhance the cultural life of the community, but will also educate and encourage the next generation to love the music of the past and present. This 7th annual concert series, performing now thru May 2108, will highlight such composers as Haydn, Salieri, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Saint Saens, and Rachmaninoff.
Ticket prices are $25 for general seating, $20 for seniors and students, and free for children up to age 17. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at W. Violin Shop, 1402 Bergen Boulevard, Fort Lee, NJ. For information call 201.704.7584 or 413.446.6266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website at www.bergensymphony.org