Experience Masterful Moments … when principal players from our orchestra present some of the most challenging and lovely solo works written for their instruments. The pieces come from German, Russian, Austrian, and Venetian composers; some will be familiar to us, while others may be new to our musical experience. First, we hear the rich, pleasing sound of the French horn in a movement from a concerto that uses the highest and lowest notes in the horn’s register. It is considered one of the most demanding solo works for the horn. Remaining in the brass, we will hear a movement from what many trombonists consider the definitive trombone concerto. The lively allegro vivace will be followed by a demanding trumpet solo which uses the wide range of the instrument. Prepare to be captivated. Next, we hear from the winds with a bassoonist engaging in a flurry of scales and arpeggios, showing off one of the instrument’s flashiest and most virtuosic finales. The exquisite, clear sound of the oboe follows with a movement of lyrical, haunting, expressive music, and then the clarinet closes out the first part of the program with what is considered an exhibition of technique and style on the part of the soloist. Whether taken fast or slow, the piece always ends with one of the most virtuosic passages in the clarinet repertoire. Following intermission, we are treated to the delightful Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra, a setting by Francois Borne based on themes from George Bizet’s Carmen. Borne was a flutist, and his settings of Carmen’s rich melodies combine the virtuoso’s understanding of the solo instrument with a flair for the dance rhythms and passion of the opera. Spectacular arpeggios require fleet fingering and consummate breath control from the flutist. The evening closes with an orchestral suite, based on Spanish folk melodies. Korsakov called it “a brilliant composition for the orchestra,” desiring us to listen for the timbres, melodies, and patterns that are exactly suited for each instrument. He calls this “the very essence of the composition.” This concert will showcase our exceptional musicians both as soloists and members of the full orchestra as they give us an evening of Masterful Moments.