2021 - 2022 Season

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Opening Season Concert

September 18, 2021 | 7:30 P.M.
Riverside City College Coil School for the Arts

REMINDER: Riverside City College requires proof of vaccination (vaccine card and I.D.) for entry to concert hall. No exceptions.

Symphony No. 4 in A major

​​Piano Concerto No 1. in D minor

Felix Mendelssohn

Johannes Brahms

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claimed to never be satisfied with the symphony, and revised it several times, although his original version met with great critical acclaim and orchestras around the world include it among their favorite repertoires. “The Italian” will be performed in the first half of the concert.

 

For the second half, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15 will feature guest artist David Kaplan, pianist, who has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. Kaplan has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia and Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and has performed recitals at the Sarasota Opera House, Washington’s National Gallery, and Music on Main in Vancouver. He earned his DMA from Yale University in 2014, and his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where he has also served on the faculty since 2016. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano in 2020.

From Mendelssohn, music director Tomasz Golka opts to conduct the widely-known 1833 first movement of Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 – the “Italian symphony” -- and the revised 1834 versions of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th movements. Mendelssohn

Holiday Concert

December 4-5, 2021

Three performances to choose from:

Saturday, December 4, 2021 • 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 4, 2021 • 7:30 pm

RCC Coil School for the Arts hall, 3890 University Ave., Riverside

Our popular holiday concert is back, with traditional favorites like the March from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland by Victor Herbert and Handel’s Messiah along with Robert Wendel’s Hanukkah Overture and Golka’s own Ukrainian Christmas Overture. The Philharmonic will be joined by La Sierra Chorale students in the second half for sacred music. The concert will end with a crowd-pleasing sing-along of Christmas carols.

 

NEW THIS YEAR! 

Family kid-friendly concert - shorter program, no intermission
Sunday, December 5, 2021 • 2:00 pm

Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2060 University Ave., Riverside Program is reduced from full concert offered on Saturday.

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REMINDER: Riverside City College requires proof of vaccination and I.D. to enter to concert hall for attendees 12 years of age and older. No exceptions.

Tickets on sale for Saturday, December 4th - 2:00 pm

Tickets on sale for Saturday, December 4th - 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale for Sunday, December 5th - 2:00 pm

 

Spring Finale

May 28, 2022  |  7:30 pm
Riverside City College Coil School for the Arts

Serenade for Strings, Op. 2                Mieczysław Karłowicz

Piano Concerto #1 in G minor, Op. 26                Max Bruch

Symphony #5 in E-flat major, Op. 82               Jean Sebelius

 

​​​*** Program and Concert Dates are subject to Change*** 

Mieczysław Karłowicz’s Serenade for Strings will open our final concert of the 2021-22 season. The moving notes of the opening Marsz are fun, engaging and uplifting; this is music that will transport you and fill you with hope.

 

Guest artist Fiona Shea will perform the Violin Concerto #1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch. Ms. Shea, 22 is studying at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and the recipient of the 2022 Dorothy DeLay Fellowship.

 

Symphony #5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius is the perfect seasonal ending to May’s concert. Inspired in part by his observation of flying swans, this piece celebrates nature through rich tones of strings and woodwinds and will leave attendees uplifted and “floating on air” themselves as they exit the concert.

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Fiona Shea

REMINDER: Riverside City College requires proof of vaccination and I.D. to enter to concert hall for attendees 12 years of age and older. No exceptions.