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The San Bernardino Symphony opens 2012-13 season with a Russian Roulade

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Conducted under the baton of Maestro Frank Fetta, the San Bernardino Symphony’s 2012-13 season, Musical Destinations, is about to get underway. The Symphony opens the series on September 22 with Russian Roulade, a musical journey down the Volga River filled with imagery and life.

Said Maestro Fetta, “Concert-goers will immediately recognize Glinka’s exuberant and rollicking overture to ‘Ruslan and Ludmilla’ which combines both traditional folk music with an imaginative use of Eastern elements. And the overture is utterly spectacular.” Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme,’ combines the composer’s original piece with historical amendments by the composer’s own concert cellist Wilhelm Fitzhagen. The performance will feature the return of acclaimed cello soloist Marek Szpakiewicz. Described by Yo-Yo Ma as an artist whose "energy, motivation, earnestness and generosity of spirit are evident through his work," Szpakiewicz is also known for his vast suite of film music. His sensitive performance is bound to be a highlight of the evening.

The concert closes with Rachmaninoff’s triumphant ‘Symphony No. 2.’ Presented in the dramatic sequence readily identified with Russian symphonic tradition, the elegant flow of the Symphony’s melody will captivate concert goers and cap an amazing evening of music.

“The last movement will just raise the hair on your arms,” said Maestro Fetta, adding, “I know you will enjoy the evening. The people in the orchestra continue to give you the very best they have to give. Viva the San Bernardino Symphony!”

In all, the 2012-13 season promises a series of breathtaking musical journeys, and immense enjoyment for concert audiences.

November 10, the Symphony will celebrate all things French with Faure’s spectacular ‘Pelleas & Melisande,’ Debussy’s poetic ‘Petite Suite,’ Bizet’s dazzling ‘Symphony in C,’ and Ravel’s ‘Piano Concerto in G Major’ featuring pianist Esther Keel.

The New Year will herald in Treasures of the Americas, the Symphony’s annual afternoon family concert on Jan. 13, 2013. The concert features selections from Copland’s ever popular ‘Rodeo,’ Kubic’s whimsical ‘Gerald McBoing Boing’, a musical adventure based on the popular Dr. Seuss story, Revueltas’ ‘Homage to Garcia Lorca,’ and closes with Copland’s beautiful ‘Appalachian Spring’ accompanied by folk dancers.

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