Presentation by the artistic and musical Director, John Axelrod.

Don Quixote apparently says in Cervantes’ famous novel: “You haven’t seen anything yet.”

Inspired by this idea, our new season is a variation on this theme: You haven’t seen or heard anything yet.

Our 2018-2019 season is a game-changer. Full of innovation, imagination, and inspiration, the musicians of the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla will present a panorama of programs dedicated to the theme of Music and The Written Word. From Cervantes to Shakespeare, from Byron to Molière, from Lorca to Schiller, from Goethe to Pushkin, from the Bible to the Fable, the written word has inspired composers in every variation of musical form: chamber music to symphonic poem to opera. And though literature is the basis of our communication, music, as author C.S Lewis once said, “Is the highest of the arts, because it really begins where the others leave off.”

Where do we begin? With the Word, of course. The Bible is our source material, with the setting of Samuel Pisar’s Dialogue of God to Bernstein’s Symphony 3, “Kaddish” to conclude the Bernstein at 100 cycle. Andalusia’s history of the three monotheistic faiths then pays homage to Cervantes and Lorca, respectively. Pushkin plays with our heartstrings before the Christmas holidays, Schiller inspires the call to freedom and the child in all of us is inspired by the fable of Til Eulenspiegel. Molière graces us with his gentility, while Don Juan scandalizes with his debauchery. Faust deals with the devil, as the German poet Dehmel transfigures the human condition. Byron takes a pilgrimage as Goethe recounts the romantic hero. Finally, it is the Bard himself, Shakespeare, who has the last word.

While the written word is our inspiration, the voice is our muse. We are delighted to introduce the beautiful Soprano Teodora Gheorghiu in a Bel Canto program to bring in the new year. And the Féria of 2019 will welcome the return of Wallis Giunta, who gives her own musical circumnavigation of Neuva España for this 500th anniversary of Magellan and El Cano.

No ROSS season can be complete without core repertoire highlights. After the public embrace of our Brahms Beloved, we turn to his teacher, Robert Schumann for a symphonic cycle. And the romantic at heart will be rewarded with a Rachmaninov cycle, featuring his piano works and Symphony 2. Finally, since my debut with the ROSS in 2011, we have presented each season the symphonic tone poems of Richard Strauss, which we will complete this season with a deep satisfaction.

Last but not least, the ROSS is your orchestra. Our outreach and education in the community is a priority to our mission. For this reason, the ROSS continues its successful CCROSS ELI CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES at the Sala Turina in the heart of Sevilla. We will also take the orchestra to the Cartuja Center in the Isla de Cartuja for two important programs, celebrating Pepe Romero’s 75th birthday and honoring Rodrigo’s centennial of his death with the famous Concierto de Aranjuez followed by the return of international touring to Germany in March 2019, and a certain to sell out Star Wars in Concert educational concert in June, 2019. In keeping with the written word, Peter Shaffer’s award winning play and movie, Amadeus, will come to life at the Teatro Lope de Vega in February 2019, featuring the Coro de los Amigos del Teatro de la Maestranza and the actor Roberto Quintana.

How will we communicate all this to the people of Andalusia and Sevilla? With a unique initiative that no other orchestra in Spain has done: ROSSTV and ROSSCLUB. This website, will be a portal to synchronize our online identity and open the door to community connections and social activities that will bring the ROSS closer to the very people it serves: You.

We are grateful for your continued support and we are honored that you choose the ROSS. There is no greater reward than the music we play for our faithful public. And though music is abstract, our concrete sincerity can be summarized and written in two words that actually mean more than music can say: Muchas Gracias.

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