GVO Concerts from Years Past…

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2016 — 2017 Season

From the New World

Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 3pm

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Adele Anthony, violin

All-Dvořák program:
 – Slavonic Dance Op 46, No. 1
 – Violin Concerto
 – Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Join us as as we open our 30th anniversary season with music by our former neighbor, Dvořák. We start with a fond farewell to summer with a bucolic Slavonic Dance, welcome back violinist Adele Anthony and her “undeniably sweet tone” (The Dallas Morning News) for the lyrical, dramatic Violin Concerto, and finish with the ever-popular “New World” Symphony, performed as part of the New York Philharmonic’s The New World Initiative, a citywide celebration of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary centered around Dvořák’s symphony and its theme of “home”.

Russian Romantics

Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 3pm

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Imri Talgam, piano

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet (selections from Suites 1 & 2)
Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

With the passionate balcony scene, the masked ball, and a dramatic duel, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suites captures Shakespeare’s immortal tale of star-crossed lovers. Rachmaninoff’s lush Second Piano Concerto — one of his most popular works, full of beloved melodies — is just as romantic, featuring Imri Talgam, winner of the 11th International Piano Competition of Orléans. Prokofiev’s witty, brass-powered Lieutenant Kijé Suite rounds out the program.

Annual Family Concert

Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 3pm

Washington Irving Auditorium

    The GVO’s popular annual tradition continues!

    Join us for a holiday romp with Bizet’s toreadors, Copland’s cowboys, Brahms’ Hungarians, sleigh rides with Anderson and Prokofiev, and Sarasate’s gypsy violin music with young soloist Ben Lerman.

    Actionplay will sing, and music therapy students from the Brooklyn Conservatory will join us on stage in an interactive program suitable for children of all ages.

    Free admission for children under 12!

    Love from the GVO

    Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 3pm

    Washington Irving Auditorium

    • Barbara Yahr, conductor
    • Jason Smoller, cor anglais†
    • Gary Dranch, clarinet‡

    Sibelius Swan of Tuonela†
    R. Strauss Don Juan
    Debussy Rhapsody‡
    Ravel Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2

    Are you a romantic or a rake? From the love story of Daphnis and Chloé to the escapades of Don Juan, Valentine’s Day comes early this year as the GVO shares its love of music with orchestral showpieces featuring two of our own musicians in the solo spotlight.

    Beethoven 9!

    Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 3pm

    Washington Irving Auditorium

    • Barbara Yahr, conductor
    • Rachel Rosales, soprano
    • Jan Wilson, mezzo-soprano
    • John Tiranno, tenor
    • Peter Stewart, baritone

    Beethoven Symphony No. 9

    One of classical music’s most enduring and beloved masterpieces, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a powerful statement of joy, love, and humanity. Experience this iconic work, the composer’s final symphonic utterance, with the GVO joined by Seraphim (directed by Robert Long), Ars Musica Chorale, Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale, and acclaimed soloists.

    Chamber Concert

    Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 3pm

    Tenri Cultural Institute

      Enjoy an intimate afternoon with chamber groups from the Greenwich Village Orchestra.

      Strings, winds, brass, piano, and even a singer form a tantalizing variety of combinations in music, ranging from classics by Schubert, to a duet by contemporary composer Caroline Shaw, and finishing up with a jazzy sextet by Martinů.

      We look forward to seeing you at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York.

      Broadway Downtown

      Sun, May 7, 2017 at 3pm

      Washington Irving Auditorium

      • Barbara Yahr, conductor
      • Grasan Kingsberry, tenor
      • Betsy Struxness, soprano

      Our 30th anniversary season finale pays tribute to two other New York City music-loving institutions: Broadway and Tin Pan Alley. Featuring classics by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Styne!


      2015 — 2016 Season

      Festive Beginnings

      Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 3pm

      Washington Irving Auditorium

      • Barbara Yahr, conductor
      • Edward Arron, cello

      Brahms Academic Festival Overture
      Elgar Cello Concerto
      Beethoven Symphony No. 7

      The GVO kicks off the season with the boisterous Academic Festival Overture by Brahms along with Beethoven’s exhilarating Symphony No. 7. We are delighted to welcome back Edward Arron to play Elgar’s uniquely lyric Cello Concerto.

      Journeys

      Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 3pm

      Washington Irving Auditorium

      • Barbara Yahr, conductor
      • Jesse Blumberg, baritone

      Verdi Forza del Destino Overture
      Mahler Songs of the Wayfarer
      Strauss Death and Transfiguration

      Baritone Jesse Blumberg sings Mahler’s poignant orchestral songs in a program featuring works by three great composers whose musical journeys explore the transience of life and love.

      Annual Family Concert

      Sun, Dec 13, 2015 at 3pm

      Washington Irving Auditorium

        The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the GVO’s Annual Family Concert! We welcome children and families to an interactive program featuring the talented youngsters of the Actionplay chorus along with masterpieces by Bizet, Beethoven, and Strauss.

        Northern Lights

        Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Ko-Eun Yi, piano

        Sibelius Symphony No. 7
        Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
        Sibelius Finlandia

        The GVO celebrates the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth with two seminal works, his Symphony No. 7 and the beloved Finlandia, paired with Grieg’s iconic romantic piano concerto, performed by rising star Ko-Eun Yi.

        Spring Forward

        Sun, Apr 10, 2016 at 2:30pm

        Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Avenue

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Andrés Cárdenes, violin

        Mozart Adagio and Rondo
        Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
        Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation

        Internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Andrés Cárdenes brings his multi-faceted talent to works by Mozart and Bruch, then the GVO will take center stage in a performance of Mendelssohn’s stirring “Reformation” Symphony.

        Final Metamorphosis

        Sun, May 22, 2016 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Eric Mahl, conductor*
        • Brandon Ridenour, trumpet

        Gershwin Cuban Overture*
        Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis
        Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 (transcribed for trumpet)
        Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien

        Hindemith transforms a simple theme by Carl Maria von Weber into a symphonic masterpiece and virtuoso trumpet soloist Brandon Ridenour transforms Mozart’s effervescent flute concerto into a fantastic show piece in the GVO’s season finale.


        2014 — 2015 Season

        Friends & Family

        Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Itamar Zorman, violin

        Beethoven Violin Concerto
        Elgar Enigma Variations

        Internationally acclaimed soloist Itamar Zorman returns to perform Beethoven’s elegant Violin Concerto. Elgar’s sumptuous musical portrait of his close circle of friends rounds out our season opener.

        Musical Mavericks

        Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Brook Speltz, cello

        Griffes The White Peacock
        Schumann Cello Concerto
        Sibelius Symphony No. 1

        Rising star Brook Speltz plays the Schumann Cello Concerto alongside works by Griffes and Sibelius—romantics with a modern sensibility.

        Annual Holiday Concert

        Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Benjamin Vokits, tuba
        • Helen-Jean Arthur, narrator

        Tubby the Tuba and a selection of seasonal classics

        The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the GVO’s Annual Family Concert! This year, our own Ben Vokits and Helen Jean Arthur will take the spotlight in Tubby the Tuba. With good music, audience participation and our instrument petting zoo, there’ll be fun for the whole family.

        Momentous Mahler

        Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor

        Mahler Symphony No. 5

        From the opening fanfare to the closing chords, through marches, dances and storms, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony will envelop you in an intense musical world filled with humanity, spirituality and emotion. Performed with passion by the GVO in the lush acoustics of Washington Irving Auditorium, this concert should not be missed!

        Totally Tchaikovsky

        Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
        • Siwoo Kim, violin

        Tchaikovsky Festival Coronation March
        Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
        Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

        An all Tchaikovsky program led by our favorite guest conductor from the Metropolitan Opera, Pierre Vallet, and featuring young virtuoso Siwoo Kim in the composer’s beloved Violin Concerto.

        Summer in the City

        Sun, May 17, 2015 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Naomi O’Connell, mezzo-soprano

        Rossini William Tell Overture
        Berlioz Les nuits d’été
        Last Night’s Symphonie” a music video with music from Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
        Gershwin An American in Paris

        Summer kicks off with sensational mezzo soprano Naomi O’Connell singing Berlioz’s poignant song cycle Les nuits d’été, orchestral favorites by Gershwin and Rossini, and our first ever music video—watch as Symphonie Fantastique comes alive in New York City!


        2013 — 2014 Season

        Beethoven, Saint-Saëns & Franck

        Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

        BeethovenLeonore Overture No. 3
        Saint-Saëns — Cello Concerto No. 1
        Franck — Symphony in D minor

        Zorman, Tchaikovsky & Brahms

        Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

        • Barbara Yahr, conductor
        • Itamar Zorman, violin

        Moshe ZormanGalilean Suite
        TchaikovskyRomeo and Juliet, fantasy overture
        Brahms — Violin Concerto

        Together in Music Holiday Concert

        Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 3pm

        Washington Irving Auditorium

          An interactive concert for families where children can take part in making music with a full symphony orchestra! This year we collaborate with the young musicians from The Miracle Project and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center. The GVO’s Gary Dranch will be on hand to play Rossini’s Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, and everyone can have a go at the Instrument Petting Zoo.

          Berlioz, Ravel & Brahms

          Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 3pm

          Washington Irving Auditorium

          • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
          • Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

          Berlioz — Excerpts from The Damnation of Faust
          RavelShéhérazade
          Brahms — Symphony No. 4

          Barber & Prokofiev

          Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 3pm

          Washington Irving Auditorium

          • Barbara Yahr, conductor
          • Hye-Jin Kim, violin

          BarberAdagio
          Barber — Violin Concerto
          Prokofiev — Symphony No. 5

          ¡Tango!

          Sun, May 18, 2014 at 3pm

          Washington Irving Auditorium

          • Barbara Yahr, conductor
          • Adriana Salgado, dancer
          • Orlando Reyes, dancer

          CoplandEl Salón México
          Rimsky-KorsakovCapriccio Espagnol
          Tangos by Piazzolla
          GinasteraEstancia, four dances


          2012 — 2013 Season

          Smetana, Mendelssohn & Sibelius

          Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 3pm

          Old Stuyvesant Campus

          • Barbara Yahr, conductor
          • Aaron Boyd, violin

          SmetanaThe Moldau
          Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto
          Sibelius — Symphony No. 2 

          Family Concert: Music can…

          Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 3pm

          Old Stuyvesant Campus

            It can make us want to dance, sing, march in a parade or conduct a symphony orchestra! Music can make us feel excited or quiet—and can even make people howl at the moon!

            Join the Greenwich Village Orchestra on a Sunday afternoon and experience what music can do for families with kids of all ages.

            Tchaikovsky Extravaganza

            Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 3pm

            Old Stuyvesant Campus

            • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
            • David Heiss, cello

            Tchaikovsky
               Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
               Variations on a Rococo Theme
               Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

            Opera Spectacular

            Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 3pm

            Old Stuyvesant Campus

            • Christine Goerke, dramatic soprano
            • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor

            Don’t miss Grammy Award-winning dramatic soprano Christine Goerke of the Metropolitan Opera in an extraordinary performance with the GVO! Returning guest conductor Pierre Vallet leads a concert of Wagner’s greatest highlights, with guest appearance by baritone Jesse Blumberg.


            2011 — 2012 Season

            Dvořák Festival

            Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Na-Young Baek, cello

            Dvořák —
               Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 8
               Cello Concerto
               Symphony No. 8

            Pictures

            Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor*
            • Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

            Humperdinck — Hansel and Gretel Overture*
            Elgar — Sea Pictures*
            Mussorgsky/Ravel — Pictures at an Exhibition

            Annual Family Concert

            Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor

            An interactive program for the whole family including excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Copland’s Rodeo and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

            Wagner, Bruch & Beethoven

            Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
            • Hye-Jin Kim, violin

            Wagner — Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
            BruchScottish Fantasy
            Beethoven — Symphony No. 4

            Khachaturian & Brahms

            Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Farkhad Khudyev, guest conductor
            • Robert Hayden, violin

            Khachaturian — Sabre Dance
            Khachaturian — Violin Concerto
            Brahms — Symphony No. 3

            Russian Symphonies

            Sun, May 20, 2012 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Yaniv Segal, guest conductor*

            Shostakovich — Symphony No. 9*
            Tchaikovsky — Symphony No. 5


            2010 — 2011 Season

            Mozart & Tchaikovsky

            Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Daniel Liao, bassoon

            MozartDie Zauberflöte Overture
            Mozart — Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
            Tchaikovsky — Symphony No. 2

            Bruch & Vaughan Williams

            Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Alice Ivy Pemberton, violin

            Bruch — Violin Concerto No. 1
            Vaughan WilliamsA London Symphony (Symphony No. 2)

            Annual Family Concert

            Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor

            A fun program for all ages including Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

            All Brahms Concert

            Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Jesse Mills, violin
            • Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

            Brahms
               Hungarian Dance No. 1
               Double Concerto in A minor
               Symphony No. 2

            All American Concert

            Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Amanda Nisenson, soprano

            IvesVariations on ‘America’
            American songbook selections
            Hanson — Symphony No. 2

            Fanfares, Fireworks & Fate

            Sun, May 15, 2011 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Warren Wernick, trumpet

            Telemann — Trumpet Concerto in D Major
            HandelMusic for the Royal Fireworks
            Beethoven — Symphony No. 5


            2009 — 2010 Season

            Chasing Light

            Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Lisa Kozenko, oboe

            Barber — Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings
            SchwantnerChasing Light…*
            Dvořák — Symphony No. 9, From the New World

            * New York City premiere. Chasing Light… was part of Ford Made in America, a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

            Annual Family Concert

            Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Helen-Jean Arthur, narrator

            An enjoyable program for the whole family including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

            Glière, Prokofiev & Shostakovich

            Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Joe Puglia, violin

            GlièreRussian Sailors Dance
            Prokofiev — Violin Concerto No. 1
            Shostakovich — Symphony No. 5

            Barber & Mahler

            Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Ransom Wilson, guest conductor
            • Ava Pine, soprano

            BarberKnoxville: Summer of 1915
            Mahler — Symphony No. 4

            Sketches & Stories

            Sun, May 23, 2010 at 3pm

            Washington Irving Auditorium

            • Barbara Yahr, conductor
            • Robin Seletsky, clarinet
            • Brian Melick, percussion

            Ippolitov-IvanovCaucasian Sketches, Suite №1
            The Well Tempered Klezmier   (arr. Seletsky / Marcus)
            Rimsky-KorsakovScheherazade