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Looking ahead to its 2018-2019 season, the Flagstaff Symphony and Director Charles Latshaw have announced a diverse program for the 69th year of the orchestra’s engagement in the musical and artistic life of the Flagstaff community.

Opening the season Sept. 28 will be a tribute to American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), whose centennial is being universally celebrated this year. Works by Bernstein (excerpts from “Candide” and “West Side Story”) bracket a contemporary piano concerto with a visiting guest pianist and a piece by an important living composer, Mason Bates.

In October the orchestra’s strings are featured in works by Vivaldi and Vaughan-Williams and an opportunity will be offered for young local string players to play side-by-side with symphony members. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” considered by that composer to be possibly his finest work.

The always popular and sold-out “Nutcracker” ballet with local dancers takes its usual pre-Christmas slot on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Beginning the new year, a “Broadway by Request” show features selections resulting from an audience questionnaire.

A concerto for saxophone by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov is paired with music of Bach, Respighi and Hindemith on February’s program.

In March, the traditional combined FSO and Master Chorale/Shrine Choir linkup highlights the beautiful “Lux Aeterna” by the dean of American choral composers Morton Lauridsen. Brahms’ Third Symphony concludes that program.

In the final program of the season, April 26, 2019, the FSO Masterworks series spotlights the orchestra’s brass section in two contemporary works for brass ensemble and a suite by Dmitri Shostakovich featuring both woodwind and brass instruments.

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