Season Opening: Bernstein’s Inspiration
DEREK BERMEL: Dust Dances
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium
GUSTAV MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D Major
Conductor: Yaniv Dinur website
Guest Artist: Daniel Chong, Violin website
Leonard Bernstein was a true Renaissance man—conductor, pianist, composer, and educator. Among his many activities, he was committed to promoting new American music as well as championing the music of Gustav Mahler, which he helped turn into mainstream repertoire. Celebrating Bernstein’s centennial anniversary, the New Bedford Symphony opens its season with a program inspired by Bernstein’s endeavors and passions. In between the enchanting sounds of American composer Derek Bermel’s Dust Dances and Mahler’s glorious Symphony No. 1, the brilliant Grammy-winning violinist Daniel Chong, leader of the Parker String Quartet, will perform Bernstein’s own lyrical and virtuosic Serenade.