The epic hero Don Quixote will launch the 2013-14 season of Redwood Symphony Sept. 28 in Richard Strauss’s towering musical masterpiece based on the Cervantes classic. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Main Theatre of Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. at I-280, Redwood City.
Soloist Dahna Rudin will use her cello to personify Quixote, a doddering and senile old man who remains unflinchingly romantic, heroic and virtuous as he embarks on various ill-considered adventures against imaginary foes. Of particular note is a very early and picturesque use of atonality in the comic episode of Quixote against the sheep and the first use of a wind machine in the percussion section to characterize his fanciful flight through the air. The production will feature supertitles over the stage.
The program will also include two orchestral dance showpieces. Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 is the first of two works this season, based on the folk music of that country. Assistant Conductor Kristin Link will open with Wallingford Riegger’s delightful (and virtually unknown) Dance Rhythms.
Redwood Symphony is an all-volunteer orchestra dedicated to the performance of ambitious, contemporary repertoire as well as the great orchestral classics. Its August 2012 performance of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco was critically acclaimed.
Maestro Eric Kujawsky gives a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. at most concerts, and children 17 and under will be admitted free with an adult. Individual tickets as well as season subscriptions are available at www.RedwoodSymphony.org.