“The Stockton Symphony’s been playing for 93 years,” writes Tony Sauro in Wednesday’s (7/10) Recordnet.com (Stockton, CA). During the 2019-20 season, the orchestra will perform “five ‘classics’ concerts and four ‘pops’ productions. ‘I really feel like it’s a season of blockbusters,’ [said Music Director Peter Jaffe]. Soloists include French horn player Madeline Jarzambak, a member of the symphony, … soloing on Giancarlo Castro’s ‘Gran Fanfarria’ in the season-opening concert … and Caitlyn Smith Franklin, the symphony’s principal French horn player, solos during Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1.… Illusionist Michael Grandinetti … adds some literal magic to the music on Feb. 23. The world debut of ‘Time Out Suite’ … by Chris Brubeck, pays tribute to the 1959 album recorded by his father, Dave Brubeck (1920-2012). A bluegrass holiday pops concert [will feature] fiddler Mark O’Connor and his band and the Stockton Chorale…. A ‘special commission’ written by Alex Orfaly, the symphony’s timpani player, will be heard for the first time…. ‘Bette, Babs and Beyond’ … a traveling show produced by Scott Coulter—with two vocalists and a pianist—includes 16 songs made famous by Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin” and others.
Posted July 12, 2019