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Why You'll Love This Concert

In 1950, the Redlands Symphony gathered for its first concert. As we begin our 70th Season, it seems fitting to explore an entire evening of “firsts”.

Beethoven’s First Symphony shows the clear influence of his predecessors— especially Haydn and Mozart. But the surprising shifts and dramatic moments that we’ve come to know as Beethoven’s unique voice were present even in this early work, which remains a favorite of musicians and audiences alike.

Like Beethoven, Mahler’s powerful personality is already on full display in his First Symphony, and this majestic music sets the tone for the monumental masterpieces to come.

To commemorate 70 seasons of classical music right here in Redlands, we’re adding a “first” of our own to the evening— the world premiere of Sean Friar’s Emerald Oasis, commissioned in celebration of our 70th anniversary!

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2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings


Beethoven opened his symphonic career with what has been called “a farewell to the eighteenth century,” as if to clear the air and make room for his own voice.

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4 flutes, 4 oboes, 4 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 7 horns, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, tuba, 2 timpani, percussion, harp, strings


For Mahler, the symphony was not just a pattern of movements, or even a cycle of themes, as Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruckner had made it. Rather, it was a “means of constructing a world with all the technical means at one’s disposal.”

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Additional Information

Redlands is fortunate to have such a top-flight regional orchestra with such creative programming.

Directions to Redlands

Redlands is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Riverside, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Highland, and Beaumont. From Hemet, it’s just a short jaunt north on CA-79 and West on I-10. It is easily accessible from Los Angeles 60 miles east along Hwy 10. And from San Diego, it’s a beautiful, 2-hour drive north along I-15 and I-215.

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Directions to Memorial Chapel at University of Redlands

All regular season concerts are held at Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus.

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Sponsored By:

Bob & Betsy Heinze

Concert Info

Performed by: Redlands Symphony 11/16/19 at 08:00pm

Performed at: Memorial Chapel 1200 E. Colton Ave.Redlands, CA 92373 Get Directions


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