The Philharmonic and I are so pleased to share our 58th season with you! Thankfully, the worst of COVID is behind us, and what a season we will have!
We all celebrate the wonderful diversity of our orchestra, repertoire, soloists and you, dear audience, with a stunning array of music from major domestic and international artists, such as composers of African descent Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still; Scandinavian symphonist Jean Sibelius; American masters Charles Ives, Aaron Copland and Howard Hanson; Russian giants Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov; and German classics Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner.
In collaboration with our friends at CAAPA, the Bowie State University Choir, Brandon Felder, director, and Prince George’s County Choral Society, Kenneth Boucher, director, we’ll bring to the stage holiday classics for orchestra and highlights from George Frideric Handel’s eternal Holiday favorite, Messiah. And of course, as always, we celebrate Prince Georges County’s talented young musicians by inviting selected students to perform with us in our yearly educational program in February.
Speaking of diversity and young talent, our featured soloists this season will be Cuban bassoon virtuosa Lázara Santana Álvarez and Sphinx competition winner, violinist Annelle Gregory.
We hope you will join us in celebrating our—your—orchestra’s 58th season!
See you at the concert hall!
Jesus Manuel Berard, Music Director and Conductor
The Prince George’s Philharmonic is about to begin its 58th season, and we promise you a season filled with wonderful music – beloved and familiar works as well as some exciting selections that you may never have heard before. We are very much looking forward to it!
As we close our 57th season, we cannot help but look back on the history of our orchestra. It was at the end of this 57thseason that we lost the founding mother of the Philharmonic, Rita Souweine, just a week short of her 101st birthday. It was she, who, with the help of other residents of the brand new community of Belair-at-Bowie, started the group that has become the Philharmonic. Throughout these 58 years, she has watched and listened, encouraged and inspired us. And her influence will live on, as we work to bring you the best of great music, and to continue and build our educational music programs for today’s local youth.
We have great plans for our 58th season! We will be bringing you great symphonies, including Beethoven’s Fifth and Brahms’ First. A special choral/orchestral concert will celebrate the holiday season. You’ll witness the progress of our student musicians at our February concert, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring will be the highlight of our American composers concert in the spring. And everyone’s favorite Scheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov will cap the season finale! I hope that you will not miss a single concert, and I look forward to seeing you there!
Susan Pearl, President, Prince George’s Philharmonic