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Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Bach’s Double Violin Concerto


May 19, 2019
02:00 PM until 04:30 PM


The Diablo Symphony Orchestra is joined by members of the San Ramon Valley High School orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, given the full title “Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life” by the composer himself.  Birdcalls, a babbling brook and a sudden intense storm followed by joyful dancing and quiet peace immerse the audience, at least for a time, in the natural beauty and simplicity of the composer’s beloved countryside. Also featured is Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor with DSO’s own concertmaster Sara Usher and area violinist Dawn Harms. This popular work, an exquisite example of late Baroque music, was composed when Bach was particularly focused on instrumental music, including works for solo violin and the Brandenburg Concertos. Harms was first violinist with the Harrington String Quartet for ten years and is currently a member of the San Francisco Opera and New Century Chamber orchestras. She is also co-concertmaster with the Oakland Symphony and serves on the music faculty at Stanford University. Usher received a Certificate of Performance at Yale’s Graduate School of Music, is a founding member of the Corvo String Quartet, and plays regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra also premieres rising Iranian composer Aida Shirazi's new work Ardea Alba inspired by an unexpected appearance of a Snowy Egret in flight. This descriptive work employs unusual instrumental techniques throughout to simulate familiar sounds from nature. Shirazi is a Ph.D. candidate in composition at the University of California, Davis, and is co-founder and board member of the Iranian Female Composers Association. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Lesher Center box office or by visiting http://www.diablosymphony.org. Tickets will also be available at the door during the hour preceding the 2 p.m. concert. Season Sponsors: John and Lorus Mosher; Patrick and Shirley Campbell Foundation.




Adults $35, Youth 13-17 $10, Children 12 and under Free


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1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA

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Helen Duncan

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