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Why You'll Love This Concert

Our fine feathered friends have long outdone us as musical virtuosi, and their song has inspired composers throughout the ages. Let your imagination take flight with the exotic colors of Stravinsky’s Nightingale, exquisite birdsong from Vivaldi and Rautavaara, and the graceful melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

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2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, 2 harps, celesta, piano, strings


Composed 1917. First performance: 6 December 1919, Théâtre national de l’Opéra, Paris. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Ernest Ansermet, conductor.

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flute, strings, continuo


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2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, celesta, strings, tape


Composed 1972. First performance: 18 October 1972, University of Outu, Finland. Stephen Portman, conductor.

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


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


Composed 1876. First performance 4 March 1877, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.

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Nature’s Finest Musicians

For thousands of years, birds have fascinated and humbled us with their beauty and virtuosity, inspiring composers and performers with their effortless musicality.

History’s Most Imaginative Composers

Four composers from four centuries— each uniquely talented and visionary in his evocation of the natural world.

Did You Know?

Einojuhani Rautavaara was admitted to Juilliard on the recommendation of Jean Sibelius. He went on to study with Aaron Copland and Vincent Persichetti.

New Sounds

From Vivaldi— perhaps best-known for the vibrant soundscape experiments of The Four Seasons— to the Finnish melodies of Rautavaara, these composers share an eagerness to push musical boundaries in their quest to bring the beauty of nature to concert audiences.

Did You Know?

The featured “soloists” in Rautavaara’s Concerto for Birds and Orchestra are a shore lark and a flock of migrating whooper swans.

Saturday evening’s concert was as good as any I have attended the Redlands Symphony in the 17 years I have purchased season tickets.

Anne-Marie McDermott’s performance was absolutely amazing, and it was a rare privilege to be in the audience to hear her perform. The orchestra rose to the occasion, as they have for every concert Maestro Wilson has conducted.

We are so fortunate to have this wonderful director, orchestra, and guest musicians play for us.

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.

Getting ready to attend our concert? View our directions page.

Sponsored By:

Vaughn & Ann Bryan

Concert Info

Redlands Symphony 05/18/19 at 08:00pm

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


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