Brian Harris BMW Masterworks Series

Music in Motion



Opening Night Gala Performance
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Friday, September 22, 2017 | 7:00pm
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin

Underwritten by the Tuesday Night Supper Club

Internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso, Sarah Chang,  joins the orchestra in her BRSO debut for a spectacular Opening Night Gala Performance!

Maestro Timothy Muffitt opens Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/18 season, Music in Motion:  The Dance and Beyond, with panache in an international collection of works celebrating the joy of movement.

JOHN ADAMS                                 The Chairman Dances:  Foxtrot for Orchestra
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA                        Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
ARAM KHACHATURIAN              Waltz from Masquerade, Op. 48A

ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT     Suite of Old American Dances
MAURICE RAVEL                            Bolero



Journeys of the Heart
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 7:30pm
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano

In partnership with the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Mr. Denk is a Merrill Lynch Educational Fund artist

Lose yourself in an emotional journey like no other in the powerful program, Journeys of the Heart.  Feel Shostakovich’s deceitful optimism and frivolity as he masks the oppression and paranoia of the Stalinist Regime; the tender sentiments of Beethoven that have been compared to Orpheus taming the beasts; and the profound loneliness and suffering of a life left incomplete heard in Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique.

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH                       Festive Overture
LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN                  Concerto for Piano, No. 4 in G major
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY              Symphony No. 6: Pathetique


Home for the Holidays
Friday December 1, 2017 | 7:30pm
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor

Ana Maria Andricain, soprano with a special surprise guest!

Guest Artist underwritten by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

The Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, Chorus Master, David Shaler, Greater Baton Rouge Interfaith Ensemble, Everett Parker Conductor Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School Advanced Treble Choir, Emily DeFoe, Director Celebration Quartet

One of the great joys of the holidays is sharing the sounds of the season with friends and family.  Celebrate with the BRSO family at Home for the Holidays.  Filled with holiday favorites, local artists and a 2000 voice sing along. This yuletide concert is a must-have for any stocking!


Fortuna Rota:  Fortune’s Wheel
Thursday February 22, 2018 | 7:30pm
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor

In 1803 an extraordinary collection of medieval Benedictine verse was discovered in southern Bavaria.  The forbidden themes of the poetry, laced with death, lust, gambling and paganism, all fall victim to the hand of the fickle Roman Goddess, Fortuna, The Empress of the World.  Carl Orff’s masterful setting comes to life through instrument, voice and dance in BRSO’s presentation of, Fortuna Rota; Fortune’s Wheel.

CARL ORFF (1895-1992)                     Carmenina Burana


La Tragédie et la Comédie
Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 7:30pm
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor

The mask of comedy has long been an effective ruse for distinguising the darker aspects of humanity.  Do not be deceived; behind each of the seemingly lighthearted works in Timothy Muffitt’s La Tragédie et la Comédie, there is a darker tale waiting to be told.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART            Overture from Don Giovanni
IGOR STRAVINSKY                                       Pulcinella Suite
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN                       Symphony No. 2 in D major


The Promise of Springtime
Friday, April 19, 2018 | 7:30pm
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
Skip Bertman, narrator

Prose from Bart Giamatti’s The Green Fields of the Mind

Thoughts of spring offer promises of youth, young love and endless summers; promises only intended to be consumed voraciously before autumn and winter sweep them away.  Join Maestro Muffitt and the orchestra as we close the 2017/18 season in a heart wrenchingly poingnant celebration of the Promises of Springtime.

AARON COPLAND                Billy the Kid

FRED STURM                         Spring (20)

LEONARD BERNSTEIN       Symphonic Dances from West Side Story



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