concerts: Masterworks Series

The Promises of Springtime

Thursday, April 19, 2018   |   7:30pm   |   Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
Skip Bertman, narrator

Prose from Bart Giamatti’s The Green Fields of the Mind

Thoughts of spring offer promises of youth, young love, and…! Fred Sturm’s piece Forever Spring is a “9 inning” multifaceted tribute to his beloved sport featuring our very own Skip Bertman as narrator. The BRSO Season Finale performance also includes Copland’s story of the famous western outlaw Billy the Kid and Bernstein’s popular fusion of rhythm and jazz.

AARON COPLAND   |    Billy the Kid
FRED STURM   |   Forever Spring
LEONARD BERNSTEIN   |   Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

concerts: The Lamar Family Chamber Series

Le Piano FranCaise

Thursday, April 5, 2018   |   7:30pm   |   First Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge
Philippe Bianconi, piano

French pianist Philippe Bianconi has long been a favorite of BRSO audiences. Since winning at the Seventh Van Cilburn International Competition in the 1980’s, Bianconi has enthralled audiences and critics throughout the world pursuing his musical itinerary and patiently carving out his path far from the media hype. BRSO welcomes back Mr. Bianconi for this very special BRSO recital debut.

concerts: The Lamar Family Chamber Series

The Pendulum Swings: Impressionism – Postmodernism

Thursday, April 26, 2018   |   7:30pm   |   First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge
Borislava Iltcheva, violin
Aaron Farrell, violin
Christopher Lowry, viola
Molly Goforth, cello

In the history of western music, it is hard to find a greater rebel than Claude Debussy. Considered groundbreaking by academics and highly controversial by traditionalists, Debussy gave voice to the Impressionist Movement, laced with personal sentiment and emotions. Ironically, within 20 years, his music gave rise to another group of rebels spawning an even more powerful movement and return to logic, structure and reason – the genesis of Postmodernism and the Polystylism of Alfred Schnittke.

ALFRED SCHNITTKE   |   String Quartet No. 3
MAURICE RAVEL   |   String Quartet in F Major
CLAUDE DEBUSSY   |   String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

concerts: Louisiana Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra III

Sunday, April 22, 2018   |   5:00pm   |   Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
Single Tickets: Adults – $10.00, Children under 12 – Free