Western Piedmont Symphony: Full Circle

john-gordon-rossThe longtime, highly-respected former conductor of Hickory, North Carolina’s Western Piedmont Symphony, John Gordon Ross, began his 27-year tenure with the orchestra with a performance of Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony No. 9.  For his final performance with the orchestra he once again featured that towering work, with help from the Hickory Choral Society, Lenoir Rhyne A Capella Choir, gifted soloists and more.  You’ll hear that, then enjoy highlights from a virtual concert presented by clarinetist Matthew Hanna and pianist Christopher Tavernier.  It’s a French-inspired group of works by Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and more, so join them for 88 Keys and a Reed.

John Gordon Ross, conductor
Hickory Choral Society
Lenoir Rhyne A Capella Choir
Catawba Valley Community College Chamber Ensemble
Carolina Whisnant, soprano
Janice Wilson, mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Werley, tenor
Adrian Smith, ball-baritone

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d-minor “Choral”

The Chamber Project: 88 Keys and a Reed
Matthew Hanna, clarinet;
Christopher Tavernier, piano

Debussy: Girl With the Flaxen Hair
                   Clair de Lune
                   Premiere rhapsodie

Poulenc: Sonata

Ravel: Piece en forme de Habanera

Chopin: Ballade No. 1

Jeanjean: Guisganderie