In the first of a three-year cycle, Miguel Harth-Bedoya will lead the orchestra in music by three titans of the symphonic repertoire: Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “In Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn we have the trifecta of classical composers who gave us the great music of their time and are considered the ‘fathers of the symphonic form,’” stated Harth-Bedoya. “A three-year cycle gives us the opportunity to dive into this repertoire, juxtaposing the output of these artists in various forms and works both familiar and less-familiar. For 2015, we wanted to program some works that we could explore newly together as orchestra and audience, such as Haydn’s ‘Deserted Island’ Overture and the Oxford Symphony. We will also revisit some gems of the symphonic form – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony – and concerti of each of our ‘classical masters’ with three exciting young soloists.”
Soloists for the festival include violinist David Coucheron, concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony who will be making his FWSO debut during the August festival, pianist Steven Lin, winner of the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Cliburn competition, and pianist Gustavo Miranda-Bernales.
The Festival Concerts: