Each season, the Masterworks Series presents six concerts of the greatest classical masterpieces in the architecturally and acoustically superior 2,100-seat Peace Center Concert Hall. Conducted by our world-class Music Director, Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, a full orchestra performs pieces that range from core symphonic favorites to modern and explorative creations Greenville has yet to experience. Performances are held Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
THE GREAT ESCAPE
(September 24 & 25, 2016)
Celebrate Maestro Tchivzhel’s 25th anniversary of his defection from the Soviet Union in this very special concert. We start our season with the celebration of Maestro Tchivzhel’s and his family’s dramatic defection from the former U.S.S.R. to the U.S.A. after his American tour with the U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra, which began in Greenville, SC. The very first program the Maestro performed on this tour included Tchaikovsky’s romantic Third Symphony. Next, the passionate statement of freedom, Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, will feature the popular singer, songwriter, rock star and Greenville native, Edwin McCain as narrator. One of Maestro Tchivzhel’s favorites, the boisterous and jazzy An American in Paris, will bring this very special evening to a festive conclusion.
GENIUS AGAINST TYRANT
(November 5 & 6, 2016)
Featuring Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed by Dmitri Levkovich. Winner of seventeen international piano competitions, the young Canadian virtuoso, Dmitri Levkovich will captivate and shine in Rachmaninoff’s beautiful and incredibly popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Written after Stalin’s death, the Tenth Symphony of D. Shostakovich depicts the suffering and struggles of the Russian people under Stalin’s yoke, resistance to oppressions, and, finally, unrestrained joy of liberation which is boiling in the victorious last movement. The terrifying second movement, Scherzo, draws a brutal, violent image of the blood-thirsty dictator.
IN THE COMPANY OF GREAT ROMANTICS
(January 28 & 29, 2017)
Featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by Edisher Savitski. Weber’s brilliant Overture to Oberon evokes a magical atmosphere of a medieval fairy tale, setting the stage for the exciting debut of rising star, Edisher Savitski, who simply “takes off to the sky” in Prokofiev’s wild and striking Third Piano Concerto. One of the best works of Robert Schumann, his innovative Fourth Symphony called initially “A Symphonic Fantasy,” is admired by audiences for an abundance of beautiful, soaring melodies and contrasting, stormy, ecstatic and triumphal episodes.
(March 4 & 5, 2017)
Featuring Paganini’s Violin Concerto performed by Roman Kim. Satisfy your sweet “ear” with three delectable and exhilarating musical treats beginning with Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, A Clockwork Orange. Making his Greenville debut, young virtuoso Roman Kim will amaze with his technical wizardry in Paganini’s thrilling Violin Concerto. An unconditional audience’s favorite, the “New World Symphony” of Dvorak inspired by the beauty of America and influenced by African-American and Indian folk songs closes on a highly enthralling note.
TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
(April 8 & 9, 2017)
Sherwood Mobley Memorial Concert featuring Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. The music of two Austrian legends pay tribute to our late Executive Director and former Principal Timpanist Sherwood Mobley, a local legend in his own right. Mozart’s exquisite Overture to Don Giovanni and his timeless and charming Serenade (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) set the stage for a breathtaking ending with the Greenville premiere of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Full of contrasting emotions, this epic piece, known as Mahler’s “Tragic Symphony,” is sure to forever move you in this very special memorial concert.
CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE
(May 6 & 7, 2017)
This spectacular concert marries classical, symphonic hits with thrilling, live acrobatics. The final Masterworks of our 69th concert season comes to a breathtaking conclusion with the Upstate premiere of Cirque de la Symphonie! This spectacular and unique program marries classical symphonic hits with live, heart-pounding acrobatics. Each performance is perfectly choreographed to popular masterpieces and is sure to astonish and mesmerize in this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event. Subscribe now to guarantee the best seats as this concert will, no doubt, sell out.