Brilliant Gems

Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 pm

We open our 2022-23 season with three wonderful gems for your listening pleasure. We begin the concert with Castro’s Gran Fanfarria. Originally written for the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble in 2004, this rousing piece is even more impressive with the full symphony orchestration. Castro is a fan of movie music and you’ll certainly hear this throughout the piece.

Our major work of the evening is Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1. Her work was recently “rediscovered” over the past several years and this will be the Folsom Lake Symphony’s maiden performance of this magnificent symphony. This piece has the distinction of being the first symphony written by an African-American woman to be played by a major American orchestra, when it was debuted by the Chicago Symphony in 1933. You’ll hear hints of Ms. Price’s southern roots in this moving symphony.

In between these two works, the symphony will perform the passionate Sibelius Violin concerto featuring internationally acclaimed violinist, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou.

Ms. Hou rose to fame on the international concert scene when she unanimously won three prestigious international violin competitions in France, Italy, and Spain representing both Canada and China. Since then, Ms. Hou has performed as soloist with major orchestras in over fifty countries including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal and Tokyo Philharmonics, SWR Stuttgart, and the Toronto, Vancouver, and Singapore Symphonies. She has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, and Alan Gilbert, among others. In the words of Yehudi Menuhin, “She’s absolutely phenomenal.”

Click here to purchase tickets to Brilliant Gems.

To experience Ms. Hou’s talents up close and personal, join us for our Meet the Artist Reception and Dinner on Thurs., Oct. 20 at the stunning Palazzo di Migianella in El Dorado Hills. Seating is limited. Click here to purchase tickets.