Hope in a New Home



Greenfield High School Auditorium ( 21 Barr Ave, Greenfield, MA 01301, Greenfield MA)

The Pioneer Valley Symphony opens our 85th season in Greenfield with three moving musical reflections on our season theme of Hope & Home.

Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra is a mournful piece written in 1943 in New York. This showpiece work captures the bitter emotions of being unable to return to Hungary during WWII. Preeminent Bartók scholar Dr. David Schneider, Georges Lurcy Professor of Music & History at Amherst College, joins us at 6:30PM for the pre-concert talk.

The PVS Chorus will also join this concert for "Life of an Alien," a powerfully percussive chorus from the first Nigerian opera, “Irin Ajo,” composed by Mount Holyoke Professor Olabode Omojola. “Irin Ajo” reflects on the experience of migrating from Nigeria to the US.

Pianist and Smith College faculty Jiayan Sun joins the PVSO for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, composed as Rachmaninoff returned home to Russia after several years in Germany, on the eve of his first tour in the US. Sun last performed with the PVSO in 2019 in a memorable concert of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.


Concert length is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with intermission