2017-18 Masterworks Series

Music in Motion: The Dance and Beyond


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At the heart of what we do are 65 musicians who bring their expertise, joy, and passion for music to every concert.  The Brian Harris BMW Masterworks Series is full of music that includes the cornerstones of the standard repertoire to brand new composers,  and internationally acclaimed virtuoso soloists.


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

Opening the season in true fashion, the BRSO is excited to present internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Sarah Chang making her Baton Rouge debut with Piazzolla’s Four Seasons Buenos Aires.  This concert is fashioned around dances featuring a modern day Foxtrot, Waltz, Cake-Walk, Western One-Step and many more. Ravel’s seductive Bolero will bring the audience to their feet as the finale to a truly special season opener.

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

*Concert Underwritten by Baton Rouge General
*Artist Underwritten by the Tuesday Night Supper Club


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

Jeremy Denk makes his second appearance with the BRSO this season as the featured soloist in the 4th Piano Concerto by Beethoven.  Journeys of the Heart opens with 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 VAN BEETHOVEN                  Concerto for Piano, No. 4 in G Major
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY              Symphony No. 6, Pathetique

* This program is presented in partnership with the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Mr. Denk is a Merrill Lynch Educational Fund artist


Home for the Holidays
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 7:30pm
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
David Shaler, chorusmaster
Ana Maria Andricain, soprano

The Holiday Season is celebrated in grand musical style at the BRSO.  Our Home for the Holidays concert is a complete embrace of our community featuring local artists such as The Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, Everett Parker and the Greater Baton Rouge Interfaith Ensemble, Emily DeFoe and the Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School Advanced Treble Choir, and the Celebration Quartet.

Don’t wait to purchase these tickets as this concert sells out quickly. After all, there is nothing like an early Christmas present that the whole family can enjoy!

*Concert Underwritten by BASF
*Artist Underwritten by
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center


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

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a rollicking audience favorite. Based on 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           Carmina Burana

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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 distinguishing 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

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The Promise of Springtime
Thursday, 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…..baseball!  Fred Sturm’s piece Forever Spring is a “9 inning” multifaceted tribute to his beloved sport featuring our very own Skip Bertman as narrator.   The BRSO Season Finale performance also includes Copland’s story of the famous western outlaw Billy the Kid and Bernstein’s popular fusion of rhythm and jazz.

AARON COPLAND                Billy the Kid
FRED STURM                         Forever Spring
LEONARD BERNSTEIN       Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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