Letter from Alexander
In a season with so much to celebrate, why not do it with friends? And so, our 2018/19 season of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra will celebrate friendships both old and new, in performances sure to burnish the growing reputation of our amazing ensemble.
Fresh from our great success with the Rachmaninov Symphony No.2, we’ll open our season with the Second Symphony of Beethoven — but only after the Second Piano Concerto of Chopin, with our old pal Simon Mulligan, the best Chopin chops this side of the Atlantic. The season continues with an overpowering centennial remembrance of Armistice Day, in November — with a new friend of the LSO, violinist Tessa Lark — and then, another pair of glittering Holiday concerts with a throng of our young musicians; and in March, an exciting new format for our “Rising Stars Concert Competition!” We’ll host a salute to more of the best of John Williams in April, with the return of another new friend, the phenomenal young violinist Yevgeny Kutik; in May, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, in the tango style, with the unforgettable Lara St. John, with whom I conducted this work in my New York debut; and to round things out, Prokofiev’s immortal Third Piano Concerto with Frederic Chiu, known round the world for his recordings of this great composer.
So then, a season in which we’ll bring the world to La Crosse, with the help of a few of our friends. I can’t wait to join you all again, and have you take your seats…
Alexander Platt, Music Director