The Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra
The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra represents the continuation of a tradition of orchestral music in Licking County going back to 1940. Composed of 100% professional musicians, the NGSO prides itself on its high artistic quality. Under the leadership of Music Director Timothy Weiss it has gained critical acclaim for extraordinary performances and quality programming, and has become one of the most respected musical ensembles in Ohio. This year we are thrilled to introduce the first full season with our new Concertmaster, Andy Carlson who has brought incredible excitement with his strong leadership and fiery styling. The NGSO is a unique asset, a tremendous 100% professional orchestra here in your community. Join us for another spectacular season, as we present “Masterworks at the Midland.” For more information, visit: www.ngsymphony.org.
Season "Scales and Measures"
Symphony 1: "Difficulty: Formidable Virtuosity"
Sunday Oct. 20, 7pm Midland Theatre
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 & Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes Antonio Pompa-Baldi – Piano Soloist
The 2013-14 season gets off to a blockbuster start, with a work widely regarded as among the most technically challenging Piano Concertos ever written – Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, performed by the internationally recognized and incredibly talented Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Many other members of the NGSO are highlighted on this concert through the contemporary flamenco inspired Variaciones Concertantes by Alberto Ginastera. This dramatic concert will truly showcase what the NGSO can do – and is certain to leave you breathless!
Chamber 1: "Seasons: Vivaldi and the Violinist
Saturday November 16, 7PM Swasey Chapel – Denison University
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons & Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
We kick off our brand new chamber series with one of the most beloved chamber works of all time – Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Watch as our concertmaster Andy Carlson leads a string orchestra from the violin in this timeless and energetic masterpiece. Along with it, Bach’s melodic Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 will be performed. Don’t miss this concert, as we prove that small groups can make a VERY big impression!
Symphony 2: "Joyful Noise"
Sunday December 8, 7PM Midland Theatre
The NGSO’s Holiday pops concert is always a best seller, and has become one of our area’s most cherished holiday traditions. Peppered with familiar Holiday favorites, and featuring the combined choirs of Newark and Granville High Schools, this concert will have you Caroling all the way into 2014!
Chamber 2: "Timeline: Listening Through History"
Friday January 31 7pm Swasey Chapel – Denison University
With Special Guests: Arnie Cox – Professor of Music Cognition
Different works will be performed from musical periods spanning from the renaissance through the present. Arnie Cox will provide scientific insight – helping the audience to understand through the various presentations why we love music, and what it is that gives music its enduring power. This insightful performance will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting and intriguing you have ever seen!
Symphony 3: "Luminosity: Puppet Opera in Light and Shadow"
Sunday, March 23 7PM Midland Theatre
Manuel de Falla: El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show) Wagner: Siegfried Idyll & Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
In an event unlike anything the NGSO has ever done before, we bring you de Falla’s puppet opera – Master Peter’s Puppet Show – accompanied by life size puppets and live shadow theatre! Based on an episode from Don Quixote, the work will be performed in Spanish, with English subtitles onscreen. This theatrical work brings a whole new dimension of entertainment to the stage – and shows that puppets are for all ages!
Chamber 3: “Windspeed: Romancing the Reeds”
Saturday April 5, 2014, 7PM SwaseyChapel – Denison University
Emil Hartmann: Serenade Opus 43, George Enescu: Dixtuor, Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Winds
After beginning the Chamber season with the sound of strings, we pay our regard to the ways of the winds. From the colorful Enescu to the charming Hartmann and the delightfully melodic Dvorak, there is a lot to love in this evening of magically intimate music!
Symphony 4: "Age: the Wonders of Youth"
Sunday May 18, 7PM Midland Theatre
Debussy: Petite Suite, Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1, Ravel: Mother Goose With Special Guest: Gavin George – Piano Soloist
We conclude the season with the triumphant return of Granville’s own wunderkind, Gavin George, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Gavin, now 10 years old made his debut with the NGSO four years ago, and his legend has only grown as he has performed to near sell out crowds. Packaged with the playful Petite Suite by Debussy and Ravel’s fanciful Mother Goose, we conclude the season with a concert guaranteed to leave you in touch with your inner sense of wonder!