​Clay Couturiaux, Music Director & Conductor
2022-2023 Season

Night on Bald Mountain
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, OP. 33

          •  Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Mussorgsky's spell-binding Night on Bald Mountain tells a musical picture of witches and spirits cavorting at midnight in an infernal dance. Cellist Nicholas Canellakis performs the charming effervescent First Cello Concerto of Saint-Saëns. Epic in scale yet intimate in mood, Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony is one of the best loved in the repertoire. Its hauntingly beautiful central theme is the most exquisite by a composer noted for his luscious melodies.

November 5, 2022   •   CLYNE & PRICE & MOZART & BEETHOVEN
Andante moderato
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat Major, K. 364

            •  Elisabeth Adkins, violin   •  Susan DuBois, viola
 Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

PIVOT by London-born composer Anna Clyne quotes fragments of The Flowers of Edinburgh, a traditional fiddle tune of eighteenth-century Scottish lineage. RSO's concertmaster Elisabeth Adkins and principal violist Susan Dubois are the soloist for Mozart's masterful example of a hybrid symphony plus concerto. The program concludes with the most famous opening notes in all of classical music when the orchestra performs Beethoven's exhilarating and monumental Fifth Symphony.


Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the jubilant sounds of the RSO and the First United Methodist Church Richardson Chancel Choir! Ring in the holidays with timeless carols and cherished melodies that call to mind sugar plums, reindeer, and snowmen.

February 4, 2023   •   FASCINATING RHYTHM
Leading ladies of jazz from stage and screen headline a star-studded evening of lively, soulful music. Broadway veterans Capathia Jenkins and Aisha de Haas join the RSO for an electric evening featuring music from 20s jazz standards, 40s show tunes, 50s film soundtracks, and more! Selections include Gershwin favorites such as "Summertime" and "I Got Rhythm" as well as chart-topping songs popularized by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Judy Garland.

March 4, 2023   •   STARS OF THE FUTURE 
     Mendelssohn: Incidental Music from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61
Two Portraits, Op. 5

     Piano Concerto TBA: Performed by the winner of the Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition

The mischief, mythical fairies and innocent lovers that Shakespeare brought to life in his A Midsummer Night's Dream are magically portrayed through Mendelssohn's "incidental" music. Bartók's Two Portraits date from a tempestuous and formative two-year period in his mid-twenties when, youthfully in love but also making the folk-music discoveries that would define his mature work, he forged his personal aesthetic and philosophy.

April 15, 2023   •   SEASON FINALE CONCERT

     Berlioz:  Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
Alborado del gracioso

     Strauss:  Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome, Op. 54
     Brahms:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 - Joyce Yang, piano

The season concludes with three virtuosic works for orchestra by Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, and Richard Strauss. Joyce Yang, 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist, returns by popular demand to perform Brahms' First Piano Concerto, an ambitious and challenging masterpiece with great beauty and power.     

All Performances take place at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082
Eisemann Center Ticket Office: 972.744.4650