A Word From The Conductor
John W. Strickler,
Music Director and Conductor
Dear Friends, Our 52nd season promises another spectacular musical experience for the Coast. We’ll bring you time-honored favorites by Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the “Waltz King,” Johann Strauss, Jr., as well as fantastic pieces by Benjamin Britten, David Diamond and Dmitri Shostakovich.
And we have a fabulous array of guest artists. Gulf Coast natives David Delk and Jesse Hill will entertain you at our POPS Spectacular, and GCSO principal bassist, Marcos Machado will amaze you with his performance of the Nine Variants on Paganini. The young American pianist, Soheil Nasseri, makes his Coast debut with Beethoven’s ever-popular “Emperor” Concerto, and we are thrilled to present the world premiere of the concerto written by Daniel Baldwin for the principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, Joe Alessi.
It’s a great season that you won’t want to miss.