​Clay Couturiaux, Music Director & Conductor
2020-2021 Season

October 3, 2020   •   OPENING NIGHT CONCERT
     Beethoven:  Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
     Beethoven:  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
             Elisabeth Adkins, violin 

The RSO opens its 59th season celebrating the 250th birth year of Ludwig van Beethoven, a true maverick who changed music and the sound of music in a revolutionary way so that it would never be the same again. The Eighth Symphony, whose zest and sunny energy hinted little at his increasing deafness, is perhaps his most experimental symphony, written in a style that harkens back to earlier composers while barely concealing a radical restructuring of the symphonic form.  RSO Concertmaster Elisabeth Adkins performs Beethoven’s lyrical Violin Concerto, a musical journey filled with sweeping melodies, dense knots of sound and a jubilant finale. 

November 7, 2020   •   MOZART, RODRIGO & STRAUSS
     Mozart:  Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 “Paris”
     Rodrigo:  Concierto de Aranjuez
             Celil Refik Kaya, guitar
     Strauss:  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60  

Mozart crafted his finely detailed and powerful Paris Symphony as a work to show off the qualities of an orchestra in technique and discipline. Guitarist Celil Refik Kaya performs Spanish composer Rodrigo’s moving and lush Concierto de Aranjuez. Richard Strauss’ passionate masterpiece of music for the theatre closes the concert. This neoclassical nine-movement suite demonstrates a composer at the height of his powers and in a playful mood by poking merciless fun at the ‘Would-be Gentleman’ of the title. 


Buckle up for a sleigh ride! Your entire family will enjoy this rich holiday tradition, featuring the Richardson Community Chorale. Our holiday celebration will be filled with your favorite songs of the season. 

February 6, 2021   •   THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP 

Travel with us across America, making stops at iconic music destinations. This special collaboration with the School of ATEC (Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication) at the University of Texas at Dallas will feature video montages that accompany the orchestra’s performance. We will celebrate America’s musical heritage. From Broadway musicals, to Elvis’ rock and roll, to Gloria Estefan’s Latin rhythms, to the Beach Boys’ surfin’ sounds. 

     Brahms:  Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
     Piano Concerto TBA:  Performed by the winner of the Ann & Charles Eisemann Young Artists Competition 

The Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms is the most compactly constructed of his symphonies as well as one of his most poetic, evocative, and personal works. The performance will also feature a concerto performed by the winner of the Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition for Piano and Strings. 

April 17, 2021   •   SEASON FINALE CONCERT
     Mussorgsky:  Introduction to Khovantschina
     Prokofiev:  Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
             Daniel Hsu, piano
     Rimsky-Korsakov:  Scheherazade, Op. 35 

Daniel Hsu, 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist, tackles the diabolical enigma of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a true heart racer that remains one of the most technically formidable piano concertos in the standard repertoire. The season concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a vivid orchestral work inspired by the tales of the Arabian Nights.

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