The Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 concert season. VSO will return to the McAllen Performing Arts Center with a five-concert subscription series and other special events, all under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowksi.
The masterworks concert season begins on November 4 at 8 p.m. with Romantic Masterpieces. The production will feature soloist Dominic Cheli. Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 opens the program; then Cheli will perform Franz Liszt’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 1, an intricate and rhythmic piano concerto that plays like a full symphony.
In the second half, the Symphony performs Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. Dvorak;s signature style of weaving big symphonic themes with folk and dance music delivers the true symphonic experience.
Cheli’s playing has been described as “spontaneous, yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” His rapidly advancing career included his Walt Disney Hall Debut with the Colburn Orchestra where Cheli was “mesmerizing.” He gave his Carnegie Hall Recital Debut in 2019 and has had a busy performing and recording career ever since. He recorded his second CD on the Naxos label of the music Liszt/Schubert, and was a performer, producer, and editor on a third CD of the music Erwin Schulhoff for the Delos Label featuring his collaboration on Piano Concerto No. 2 with Maestro James Conlon.
The holiday tradition of A Touch of Frost, featuring the Valley Symphony Chorale and seasonal favorites, will be performed on December 2 at 8 p.m. Music will include selections from Handel’s Messiah and The Nutcracker.
February 17, 2023, will feature an Out of this World performance. From larger-than-life heroes to the music of the cosmos, prepare for expanded horizons at this musical event for the whole family.
Carmen y Mas will be performed on March 24, 2023. RGV favorite Mariachi Aztlan joins the symphony for an evening of Latin-inspired works including selections from the opera Carmen.
The season finale on April 21, 2023, will include music from West Side Story. Star-crossed lovers and an all-star piano soloist coverage on this season finale program.
Subscriptions are on sale and can be purchased online at www.valleyorchestra.org or by calling the VSO’s office at (956) 661-1615. Single tickets for all concerts are also on sale. Patrons can receive the latest information and sign up for the VSO’s email list at valleyorchestra.org, or by calling the VSO office Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 pm.
For more information, visit their website at https://www.valleyorchestra.org/. Their website also includes links to last year’s virtual performances.