Newburgh Symphony serves up 'Forbidden Fruit' to begin the New Year

| 08 Jan 2018 | 04:38

— The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will offer “Forbidden Fruit” to its expanding audience in its first concert of 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh.
The program, under the direction of Maestro Russell Ger, will feature Mozart’s "Don Giovanni Overture," Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy" and Berlioz’s "Symphonie Fantastique," three tales of forbidden love.
“Don Giovanni explores both the lighthearted and darker implications of the Don’s flippantly irreverent seductions," Ger said, "while Tchaikovsky’s famous soaring love theme portrays the ardent intensity of the young lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
"New to this audience will be the Frenchman Hector Berlioz’ astonishing 'Symphonie Fantastique'," Ger added. "It tells the story of a lovelorn artist who is plunged into the depths of despair by an unrequited passion.
"The artist attempts to take a lethal drug dose, but instead experiences a series of vivid hallucinations, which slowly turn into ghoulish nightmares," the maestro continued. "It is a blazingly fun piece and sure to become an instant favorite with our wonderful greater Newburgh audience.”
Growing audienceIn his first year at the helm of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Ger became well-known for his informed and witty commentary from the podium at each program.
Since September 2016, audiences for the orchestra’s performances virtually doubled and this response even enabled the orchestra to add an extra concert in March 2017.
Six performances are also scheduled for the 2017-18 season.
Essential information“Forbidden Fruit” will be presented Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College's Aquinas Hall (arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the concert preview by Gordon Shacklett).
Tickets are: balcony $45; reserved $35; open $30; and senior citizen $22. Students are admitted free for open seating.
They can be purchased online or at the door.
Call 845 913-7157 or visit
The snow date for the concert is 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21.
In addition to its regular concerts, the orchestra annually visits a local high school where its professional musicians play "Side-by-Side" in a formal concert with student musicians (in October 2017 this took place at Warwick Valley High School).