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Michelle’s Favorite Pieces

Michelle Chavez, Redlands Symphony Operations and Special Projects Associate, shares her favorite pieces and a bit about her musical background.

8 Classical Songs Great for Kids.

The Planets (Holst)
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev)
Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens)
Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
Overture to Carmen (Bizet)
Scheherezade (Rimsy-Korsakov)

Michelle’s 8 Favorite Classical Pieces.

Requiem (Verdi)
Flute Concerto in D Major (Reinecke)
Concerto for Orchestra (Bartok)
Flute Concerto (Nielsen)
Ballade No. 1 (Chopin)
The Planets (Holst)
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev)
Syrinx for Solo Flute (Debussy)

Listen to them all on our Michelle’s Favs Spotfiy list!

Get to Know Michelle

What is your role at the symphony and how long have you worked there?

My title is Operations and Special Projects Associate. I have been working at the Redlands Symphony since 2013. One of the most fulfilling tasks I do is developing and organizing the educational programs for OrKIDstra and the Summer Music Academy.

I am also in charge of coordinating auditions throughout the year and being support for annual events such as the Gala and Purse Party. One of my main roles, and the one I have done the longest, is Stage Manager for the Symphony, where I make sure everything is in place on stage for each concert to take place.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Getting to work with some of the best people I have ever known. Having such a great relationship with each other in the office is a huge factor in the success of bringing the Redlands Symphony to the community.

Another great thing about my job is getting to interact with the Musicians, Soloists, and Music Director, Ransom Wilson. At the end of the day, the most satisfying aspect of my job is seeing everyone enjoying the music being presented, whether it be their first concert or their fiftieth.

Why did you choose to share these pieces?

All the pieces I listed as my favorites hold a special place in my heart. Each flute piece depicts an important time in my life as a musician. Syrinx was the first ever solo I played in a recital setting. This piece has stayed with me for many years and has grown as I have.

The Reinecke Flute Concerto was the main piece on my Senior Recital for my bachelors degree at CSUSB, and the Nielsen Flute Concerto was on my final Masters Degree recital at the University of Redlands. The Verdi requiem was introduced to me at the University of Redlands by Dr. Joseph Modica in a graduate studies class, and I fell in love with it instantly, especially the Dies Irae.

I had the chance to perform it under the direction of Dr. Modica and it is one of my fondest musical memories. Peter and the Wolf is the first piece I ever got to perform that contained a well known flute excerpt. While earning my Masters Degree, I wrote a thesis paper and later wrote the curriculum for the Orkidstra program on The Planets by Gustav Holst.

After taking an in-depth class on Chopin during my time at CSUSB, I fell in love with his Ballades, in particular No. 1, due to the expressive nature of the piece. Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra was the first big piece I played with the Redlands Symphony, under the direction of Jon Robertson, and will always be in my list of favorite classical pieces.

Coming 05/28/22

Brahms: Passion & Tenderness

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