Returning to the stage for the first time since January, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra is tuning up for its Masterworks 4 concert at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.
Conducted by CSO Artistic Director Janna Hymes, the 7:30 p.m. March 12 performance features Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3,” Ginastera’s “Estancia Four Dances” and “Scheherezade” by Rimksy-Korsakov.
The performance will be CSO’s first since its Jan. 8 Pops Concert featuring Byron Stripling. Four other shows were canceled, including the Masterworks 3 concert, because of the winter surge of COVID-19.
Not surprisingly, musicians look forward to returning to the stage.
“I think all orchestras have a renewed love and passion for performing for people live,” said CSO Concertmaster Zach De Pue, a violinist. “We have been starved to perform for the better part of two years, and I know that each concert takes on much more meaning for each individual on stage.”
Although De Pue is a fan of each of the selected pieces for Masterworks 4, he looks forward to one, in particular.
“Selfishly, I am most excited to perform ‘Scheherezade’ with the CSO,” he said. “It’s one of the first orchestral works I ever learned and performed as a junior high student, and I fell in love with it immediately. The music is so descriptive and, of course, the solo violin takes on the role of Scheherezade herself, with a gorgeous and hypnotic melody that permeates through the entire work.”
Tickets begin at $18 and can be purchased online at carmelsymphony.org or by calling the Palladium Fifth Third Box Office at 317-843-3800. Patrons can save 20 percent on their ticket purchase by the using the code CSO20.
“I hope the audience feels a deeper connection to the individuals that make up their orchestra,” De Pue said. “It is rare that orchestral players are heard individually, but there are so many solos for every section in this program. I hope CSO supporters will appreciate and hopefully fall in love with their players.”