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Mozart and Mahler were both known for performing and conducting at the time of their first symphonies. Mozart, a child prodigy, toured Europe playing for royalty, and Mahler was a well known conductor who would go on to conduct major orchestras of Europe and the New York Philharmonic.
Mozart's Symphony No. 1 was written in 1764 when he was just eight years old. This simple but melodic three-movement work was the first of over 40 symphonies Mozart wrote in his lifetime.
Mahler wrote his first symphony, the "Titan," in 1888, while working at the Leipzig Opera as a kapellmeister. The orchestra is larger than a classical orchestra, doubling the winds and brass. This makes for a brilliant and full sound, especially at the end of the symphony.
Prelude, Cristina Spinei
Chimera, Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra Anthony DiLorenzo
Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorsky/Tushmalov
Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top brass players. They present a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics.
The FSO's Holiday Pops concert is one of the most popular performances of the season. This year we feature local singers Amesha McElveen and Jerinda Davis. They most recently performed together in the Florence Little Theater's production of Dreamgirls.
Overture to Fidelio, Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 2, Chopin
Symphony No.5, Sibelius
Mackenzie Melemed, piano
American pianist Mackenzie Melemed’s international career continues to flourish. Praised by the New York Times as an "excellent young pianist" Melemed, a Steinway Artist, has performed in venues such as The White House (2004-2008), Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and the Helsinki Music Centre.
Las Vegas’ best instrumental and vocal talents join the FSO playing the greatest hits from Earth,Wind and Fire.
Featured Songs Include: September, Boogie Wonderland, Let’s Groove, After the Love has Gone, Got to Get you into My Life, Shining Star, and many more!