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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra presents its 50th anniversary season

Monday, May 12, 2014 - Ottawa Symphony Orchestra unveils its 50th anniversary season at the final concert of their 2013-14 run.  Next season the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary. The OSO has become a major treasure in Ottawa’s cultural landscape and is especially noted for its innovative programming. And the 2014/2015 season is no exception.

October 6, 2014 - We start with a bang with Igor Stravinsky’s Fireworks.  This early piece captured the attention of Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes, who then commissioned Stravinsky to write his first ballet score, The Firebird. Fireworks are best seen in the night sky, and Mussorgsky’s piece Night on Bare Mountain provides just that.  We perform it in the original orchestration rather than the more popular revision by Rimsky-Korsakov. Our opening concert is completed with Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto Fire and Blood, featuring Juno award winning soloist Alexandre Da Costa
November 17, 2014 - This night is devoted to two symphonies. The first is a piece commissioned by the OSO from Ottawa composer Kelly-Marie Murphy. This piece, titled Blue on Blue, features Gordon Geitz as tenor soloist and is inspired by a tragic friendly fire incident which took place during the war in Afghanistan.  Our other offering is the old and beloved Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony - a work of passion and devastating loss. 

January 19, 2015 - Our January concert showcases two of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.  The orchestra will perform the vibrant Dance Suite of Bartok and Shostakovich's obscure Symphony No. 6.  Noted for its unusual structure, the Symphony consists of a long slow haunting Adagio, followed by two short and fast paced movements.  In between we feature another world premiere, Andrew MacDonald's saxophone concerto title The Orchid Garden, with Ralph Bowen as soloist.

March 2, 2015 - In March we turn our spotlight on youth in a joint concert with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, who join us for what will be an exciting performance of Franck's Symphony in D minor. The concert opens with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra performing Richard Strauss's swashbuckling Don Juan followed by Dance of the Wind from Jan Jarvlepp's Garbage Concerto.

April 27, 2015 - We conclude our 50th anniversary season in a grand fashion with Verdi's extraordinarily operatic Requiem.  The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is once again joined by the Ottawa Choral Society and the performance will be directed by their Artistic Director Jordan de Souza.
The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is a vibrant part of Ottawa’s music community. The OSO is a full-size symphony orchestra that presents a series of 5 concerts a year conducted by Maestro David Currie at the National Arts Centre.  Tickets range from $26 - $71 (student and senior discounts available).

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