Our 2023-2024 Season!

International Inspirations.
Timeless Tunes. 

Journey across the pond for a tale of two continents!  American composer Amy Beach takes us on an energetic and nostaligic musical journey to Ireland in her trailblazing Gaelic Symphony, considered the first great American symphony and the first symphony by an American woman performed by a major orchestra.

Vaughan Williams weaves English folk songs into his bewitching Norkfolk Rhapody and jaunty Folk Song Suite. And  Delius was inspired by his time in Florida. Yes, Florida. You read that right. 

PROGRAM NOTES

DELIUS:  La Calinda from Koanga
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: English Folk Song Suite
BEACH: Gaelic Symphony

Conducted by Music Director Domenico Boyagian

October 29, 2023; 3:30pm
Beachwood MIddle School | 2860 Richmond Rd

Symphonic Suspects.
Inspired Illustrations. 
Fun for all Ages.

The composer is dead… and everyone on stage is a suspect in this hilarious narrated introduction to the orchestra, with text by Lemony Snicket. Narrated by Kaley Karis Smith and Linn Obery.

When you hear music, what do you see? The amazing student artists of the Rainey institute share their visions as their interpretive art is projected above the orchestra! Click here to see the artwork videos (no music)

Be sure to stop by the post-concert instrument petting zoo to see the instruments up close and learn their secrets!

Kaley Karis Smith, Linn Obery, Narrators

ROSSINI:  Barber of Seville Overture
ROSSINI: Barber of Seville – Tempest
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 6, Mvmt  IV. The Storm
STRAVINSKY: The Firebird – Berceuse and Finale
STOOKEY: The Composer is Dead (text by Lemony Snicket)
Kaley Karis Smith, Linn Obery, Narrators
Conducted by Music Director, Domenico Boyagian 

Saturday December 9, 2023; 4:00pm
Beachwood High School |  25100 Fairmount Blvd


SSO’s Family Concert is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.”

Celestial Visions.
Sublime melodies.

Former music director Martin Kessler returns to conduct one of his favorite programs. Soprano Marian Vogel lends her angelic voice to Strauss’s final masterpiece, a moving, bittersweet reflection on life and mortality.

Then enjoy Mahler’s epic fourth symphony, a journey through the depths of human emotions, culminating in a peaceful “child’s view of Heaven”. 

Program notes

Marian Vogel, Soprano, and Martin Kessler, Guest Conductor

STRAUSS, R.: Festmarsch
STRAUSS
: Four Last Songs
Marian Vogel, Soprano
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4
Conducted by Guest Conductor Martin Kessler

February 11, 2024 | 3:30pm
Beachwood High School |  25100 Fairmount Blvd

A Dazzling Duo. A Stirring Symphony. 
An unforgettable afternoon. 

A mesmerizing blur of hands will dance across the keys as renowned pianists Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni join forces in Kozeluch’s playful Concerto for Piano for Four Hands. Delight in this hidden treasure at the stunning Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Playful then gives way to Profound with Brahms’s majestic first symphony. Living in Beethoven’s shadow, it took Brahms over 14 years to write and wow, was it worth the wait! The mysterious  opening, lilting melodies and triumphant chorale-like finale might leave you asking “Beethoven, who?”

Program Notes

Free admission; registration required.
Register at box office or pre-register online.

Concert will be live streamed! Register here.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni, piano

RESPIGHI:
Belfagor Overture
KOZELUCH –
Concerto for Piano- Four Hands
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Piano
Emanuela Friscioni, Piano
BRAHMS –Symphony No. 1
Conducted by Music Director Domenico Boyagian

Sponsored by CWRU Department of Music

April 7, 2024; 3:30pm
Maltz Performing Arts Center | 1855 Ansel Rd, Cleveland, OH

Fate. Triumph.
Talent Beyond Belief.

From the ominous opening notes, to the triumphant endless ending, join us on a wild ride through  Beethoven’s lesser known fifth symphony. 

And speaking of opening notes, from the moment our amazing, talented Young Soloists competition winners start playing, you’ll know you’re in for an extraordinary experience. Congrats to our winners: Cole Flores (flute), Elora Kares (cello), and Sabrina Kerze (piano). Read more about them here!

Progam Notes

Cole Flores, Flute | Elora Kares, Cello | Sabrina Kerze, Piano

CHOPIN –Piano Concerto No. 1 Mvt 1
Sabrina Kerze, piano

CHAMINADE –Concertino
Cole Flores, flute
ELGAR-
Cello Concerto Mvt 4
Elora Kares, Cello
BEETHOVEN –
Symphony No. 5 
Conducted by Music Director Domenico Boyagian

May 19, 2024; 3:30pm
Beachwood High School |  25100 Fairmount Blvd

 

Brass, Class… and a little sass

Bring a chair, bring a snack and help SSO welcome summer with some rousing fanfares, the Lone Ranger and your butler’s favorite classiest Haydn symphony. The concert and the season then end on a high note (or is it a high kick…?)

Join us on the lawn of the Church of the Western Reserve (weather permitting, in the sanctuary if it rains)

Tull – Olympic Fanfare
Williams – Olympic Fanfare and Theme (arr. Macri)
Rossini- Overture to William Tell
Haydn- Symphony No. 104 “London” 
Offenbach- Selections from Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld  

Conducted by Music Director Domenico Boyagian

June 14, 2024 | 7:00pm
Church of the Western Reserve |  30500 Fairmount Blvd