Huntsville Symphony Orchestra: Susanna Sings Strauss

May 4, 2019

- 7:30 PM


 Mark C Smith Concert Hall


Music Director and Conductor:
Gregory Vajda

Guest Artists:
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Matthew McDonald, bassoon

WeberOverture to Der Freischutz
WeberBassoon Concerto
WeberInvitation to the Dance
VajdaThe Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes
R. StraussFour Last Songs
WagnerOverture to The Flying Dutchman
The soprano Susanna Phillips and the bassoonist Matthew McDonald are two of Huntsville’s most accomplished musical natives; tonight they return home to help the HSO celebrate our state’s bicentennial year in grand style. The music of Carl Maria von Weber, a very popular composer at the time Alabama achieved statehood in 1819, figures prominently in the first half of the program. Maestro Gregory Vajda’s intensely personal setting of a poem by W. B. Yeats, Strauss’ penetrating Four Last Songs, and the thrilling overture to Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman bring the orchestra’s sixty-fourth season to a memorable close.


$15 - $71