BSO season opener is ‘Distant Light’

BSO music director and conductor Mario Alejandro Torres

BSO music director and conductor Mario Alejandro Torres

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra launches the 2019-2020 symphonic season at Bainbridge Performing Arts in grand fashion with music director and conductor Mario Alejandro Torres’ program that’s quite literally out of this world.

BSO will start the season with a two-day performance titled “Distant Light,” featuring works by George W. Chadwick, Pēteris Vasks, and Gustav Holst, as well as special guest soloist Maria Larionoff (on violin), former concertmaster of Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

The program begins with George Chadwick’s buoyant “Jubilee” from “Symphonic Sketches.” Then, Larionoff will make a guest appearance by performing one of the most important violin concertos of the 20th century: “Distant Light” by Pēteris Vasks.

“An outstanding talent, intoxicating in its brilliance” raved the San Francisco Chronicle of Larionoff’s solo debut.

Since then, she has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphonies of Seattle, Yakima, Port Angeles and Oakland, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the University of Washington Orchestra, the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and the Orquestra Sinfonica in Mexico City.

She has toured Germany and Austria with the New European Strings and has performed on tour in Japan with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, and, along with her duo partner, pianist Robin McCabe, recently completed their cycle of all 10 Beethoven sonatas and are currently featured in concert on UW TV in “Beethoven Back to Back.”

Finally, in an exciting conclusion to the program, BSO will perform selections from Gustav Holst’s powerful and haunting “The Planets,” including “Mars, The Bringer of War,” “Venus, The Bringer of Peace,” “Mercury, The Winged Messenger,” and “Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity.”

Torres is a conductor, teacher, and performer native to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Currently based in Seattle, Torres made his Benaroya Hall conducting debut in collaboration with Maestros Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee in an exciting concert with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra.

For the past two years, he has served in a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Morlot in collaboration with artists such as Hilary Hahn and John Luther Adams.

Outside of the United States, he has conducted performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, and Victoriano Lopez School of Music Choir.

“Distant Light” is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

A pre-concert chat is offered at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

Tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).

Young patrons will receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental.

BPA box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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