STOCKTON — Music lovers who have missed the Stockton Symphony this season can experience the next best thing to a live concert in the coming days.
Capital Public Radio in Sacramento will present a pair of concert specials featuring the Stockton Symphony, whose remaining 2019-20 schedule was canceled in March as a result of stay-at-home orders in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the only disruption to the third-oldest symphony in the state since its inception in 1926.
”This is a great opportunity that we’re going to be able to broadcast some of the real highlights from this past season on Capital Public Radio,” said Peter Jaffe, who’s in his 25th season as the symphony’s conductor and musical director. “It’s heartwarming in this time of need for everybody coming together for this.”
The concerts will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. on May 22 and May 29 on CapRadio music stations (88.9 Stockton/Sacramento, 91.7 Groveland/Sonora, and 88.9 Sutter) and on http://www.capradio.org. The shows also will be available to stream on demand for 30 days after they air at https://www.capradio.org/stocktonsymphony. Each one-hour broadcast will include interviews with guest soloists, orchestra members and composers, and will be co-hosted by Jaffe and CapRadio’s managing editor, music and arts, Paul Conley.
“What’s really cool is this goes way beyond the people who were there at these concerts,” said Conley, who grew up in Stockton. “We wanted to share these performances with more people and that’s what radio can do.”
On May 22, the program includes the world premiere of composer Chris Brubeck’s “Time Out Suite” performed in January in honor of his father Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) in his centennial year, and a November performance by Rodolfo Leone, “Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, The Emperor,” the same work Leone performed at the finals of the 2017 Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna for which he was awarded First Prize.
The program on May 29 includes Giancarlo Castro’s “Gran fanfarria” from September, Franz Von Suppe’s “Light Cavalry Overture” performed in November, and Jean Sibelius’s “Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op 47,” from January.
The Classics 4 “Timeless Treasures” performance scheduled March 21 and the Classics 5 “Romantic Adventure” planned April 18 were canceled. Jaffe said the majority of season ticket holders and individual concert ticket holders opted to donate the cost of their tickets to the symphony, whose musicians are professionals. Jaffe said he is proud that symphony musicians were paid for the canceled shows through Paycheck Protection Program loans.
Jaffe said the symphony continues to operate behind the scenes devising new ways to connect with audiences in the hope restrictions soon are eased as Gov. Gavin Newsom implements a four-stage plan to reopen the state. The symphony has posted videos and messages on social media and is looking into possibly staging outdoor ensemble performances where the audiences and musicians would be safely distanced apart.
In the meantime, “We hope this is a way we can stay in touch with the people who really love music and the people who are so loyal to the Stockton Symphony,” said Jaffe, “and a way we can say, ‘We love you and we miss seeing you live.’”
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