Sun March 3, 2024

Diablo Symphony Presents Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Starla Breshears

The Diablo Symphony Orchestra brings Igor Stravinsky's groundbreaking Rite of Spring to Walnut Creek on March 3, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Expanded to accommodate Stravinsky's score calling for nearly 100 musicians, the orchestra will include multiple flutes and clarinets in different ranges; four oboes; two English horns; four bassoons, two contrabassoons; eight French horns; five trumpets, three trombones, two tubas, a full complement of violins, violas, and cellos; and eight string basses. New sounds and energetic polyrhythms are created in the percussion section by six timpani (including a piccolo timpano) shared by two timpanists, a tam-tam, a bass drum, crash cymbals, antique cymbals, a tambourine, and a stroked washboard. The program also features a new commissioned work, "Many Hues of Green," by San Francisco composer Jean Ahn and Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor featuring Starla Breshears, this season's winner of the DSO's Yen Liang Young Artist Competition. Breshears, age 16, is a precollege student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying cello with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. She was the 2023 Stulberg International String Competition Bronze Medalist, and has also won first prize in more than a dozen solo competitions, including Grand Prize in the Diablo Valley College/Holy Names University Young Artist Competition. Elgar's meditative concerto, composed in the aftermath of World War I, adds to the power of a program that highlights not only a new work but also two masterworks of the symphonic literature.

Tickets are available at the Lesher Center for the Arts box office (925-943-7469; 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek) or online through the DSO's website at https://www.diablosymphony.org. Discounts for youth and groups of 10+ seniors are available, and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge to all concerts. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The Diablo Symphony Orchestra brings Igor Stravinsky's groundbreaking Rite of Spring to Walnut Creek on March 3, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Expanded to accommodate Stravinsky's score calling for nearly 100 musicians, the orchestra will include multiple flutes and clarinets in different ranges; four oboes; two English horns; four bassoons, two contrabassoons; eight French horns; five trumpets, three trombones, two tubas, a full complement of violins, violas, and cellos; and eight string basses. New sounds and energetic polyrhythms are created in the percussion section by six timpani (including a piccolo timpano) shared by two timpanists, a tam-tam, a bass drum, crash cymbals, antique cymbals, a tambourine, and a stroked washboard. The program also features a new commissioned work, "Many Hues of Green," by San Francisco composer Jean Ahn and Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor featuring Starla Breshears, this season's winner of the DSO's Yen Liang Young Artist Competition. Breshears, age 16, is a precollege student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying cello with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. She was the 2023 Stulberg International String Competition Bronze Medalist, and has also won first prize in more than a dozen solo competitions, including Grand Prize in the Diablo Valley College/Holy Names University Young Artist Competition. Elgar's meditative concerto, composed in the aftermath of World War I, adds to the power of a program that highlights not only a new work but also two masterworks of the symphonic literature.

Tickets are available at the Lesher Center for the Arts box office (925-943-7469; 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek) or online through the DSO's website at https://www.diablosymphony.org. Discounts for youth and groups of 10+ seniors are available, and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge to all concerts. Tickets will also be available at the door.
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