WASHINGTON — The Heartland Festival Orchestra will present six concerts in its 10th season, which kicks off Sept. 15 with all shows starting at 7:30 p.m. at Five Points Washington.
“In planning our 10th season, I aimed for the perfect balance between the new and the traditional, the innovative and the familiar," said David Commanday, artistic director and conductor for Heartland Festival Orchestra. The season follows the orchestra's mission commitment to “musical excellence, innovation, imagination, and outreach to the region.”
"I have invited three of our absolute favorite soloists to return this year. Rachel Barton Pine, Jason Vieaux and Michael Brown are artists of highest renown, whose musical excellence and instrumental virtuosity are perfectly paired with brilliant and charismatic stage presence," he said. "This will be a season to remember!”
The season starts with "Brahms and Barton Pine" on Sept. 15 with Illinois violinist Rachel Barton Pine performing the Brahms Violin Concerto. Music also includes Schubert's Alfonso und Estrella Overture and Brahms Symphony No. 1.
The Oct. 20 concert is titled "Guitar Classic" and features the return of Grammy Award-winning guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux playing Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre" and "Six Sixteen" by Jeff Beal. Other selections include Mozart's Symphony No. 8 and Haydn's Symphony No. 92.
The orchestra will kick off 2019 with "New Year's Greeting — A Tribute to Ella" on Jan. 12.
"Our Tribute to Ella concert in January will bring two superb vocal artists to interpret the songs of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald," said Commanday.
Guest vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Aisha de Haas will perform many of Fitzgerald's greatest hits.
The Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies are the guest performers for the March 16, 2019, performance bringing traditional Irish music and dance to the stage. The Grammy-nominated group has won awards around the world, including in Ireland and Britain.
The work of local photographers will be part of a new multimedia display set to music in the April 13, 2019, concert titled, "Heartland Portraits." Andy Rummel, tuba soloist and principal tuba with Heartland Festival Orchestra, will be featured performing Daugherty's "Reflections on the Mississippi" for tuba and orchestra.
Steve Heitzeg's "Symphony to the Prairie Farm" will include a visual concerto photo-choreographed by Nicholas Bardonnay, multimedia artist at Westwater Arts. And Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land" will be paired with a National Parks visual concerto.
Experience a world premiere, with three giant screens displaying images by, and of, our community, with photo choreography by Westwater Arts, Commanday said. "This all-American concert honors the beauty and life of our Heartland."
The season will close June 1, 2019, with "Triple Shot of Tchaikovsky." It will feature pianist Michael Brown, winner of an Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and an Avery Fischer Career Grant. He is returning to the Heartland stage as soloist for Tchaikovsky's thrilling piano concerto "Romeo and Juliet Overture." The show will also include Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 4.
Season tickets are $198 for adult subscription and $60 for students/children subscription. Individual tickets are $38 for adults, $10 for students/children.
All tickets are on sale now at www.HeartlandFestivalOrchestra.org. In addition, bus service to the shows is available from Peoria at 2 Chez and Junction City. For more information, call 339-3943.
Each concert features a Community Partner: a local not-for-profit organization supporting our community. The Season 10 Community Partners will be announced soon.