2017-18 Season

41st Season – A Season of Spirituality

Listed are the five concerts in the SSO concert series. Concerts #1, 2, 3, and 4 are available as a subscription series. Concert #5 is a free concert presented al fresco.

Concert #1 | A Story Runs Through It

October 2017 at 7:30PM | Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair – Conductor

  • Handel/arr. Harty – Water Music (Suite for Orchestra)
  • Kile Smith – Susquehanna, An Overture for Orchestra
  • Sir Malcolm Arnold – Water Music, Op. 82b
  • Amanda Harberg – Elegy – this piece is made possible in part by a grant from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy
  • Schumann – Manfred Overture, Op. 115
  • Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation:
    • Mendelssohn – ‘He Watching Over Israel’ Chorus from “Elijah”
    • Handel/ed. Franz – ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus from “Messiah” with guest choirs

Concert #2 | Fun Holidays of Sleigh Rides, Dreidels, and Bears

December 2017 at 7:30PM | Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair – Conductor
Gary Helton – Narrator

  • Delvyn Case – Rocket Sleigh
  • Liadov – 3 Selections from Eight Russian Folk Songs (including ‘Christmas Carol’)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Polonaise from “Christmas Eve Suite”
  • arr. Brian Folus – Hanukkah Medley
  • Alfred Reed – Greensleeves (What Child is This?)
  • Daniel Dorff – Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with Gary Helton, narrator
  • Tchaikovsky/arr. Bair – December (Christmas) from “The Seasons”
  • Daniel Dorff – Pachelbel’s Christmas
  • arr. Bair – A Christmas Sing-Along

 

Concert #3 | Sound the Shofar

March 2018 at 7:30PM | Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair – Conductor
Emmanuel Borowsky – Violin

  • James Lee III – “Yoshiyahu”, Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Orchestra with Emmanuel Borowsky, premiere
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 1

 

Concert #4 | American Rememberance

May 2018 at 7:30PM | Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair – Conductor
Carolyn Black-Sotir – Soprano

  • Aaron Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Benny Russell – A Man of Peace, premiere
  • Raymond Horton – Make Gentle the Life of This World
  • Sheldon Bair – This We’ll Defend
  • Gwyneth Walker – The Promised Land (based on spirituals) with Carolyn Black-Sotir, soprano – this piece is made possible by a grant from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy
  • Duke Ellington – Caravan

Concert #5 Free Bel Air Summer Concert Series

June 3, 2018 at 7:00PM | Humbert Memorial Band Shell 

Kickoff the summer with this annual Bel Air Outdoor Summer Concert event. Bring a picnic and blanket and join the SSO for some tunes under the trees.