PETER OUNDJIAN conducts
ERIC OWENS narrator
JANICE CHANDLER-ETEME soprano
BRADLEY HUNTER WELCH organ
BARBER Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra
ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK JFK: The Last Speech
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3
The Symphony No. 3 is unmistakably Rachmaninoff — with soaring melodies, shattering climaxes, and the dark rumblings of his signature Dies irae from the Mass for the Dead. But once the clouds have lifted, the Symphony ends in jubilant, life-affirming exclamations. Also on the program, Barber’s celebratory organ toccata (watch for some fancy footwork on the Lay Family Concert Organ) and a new work that honors JFK upon the 60th anniversary of his passing. Inspired by President Kennedy’s speech eulogizing poet Robert Frost at Amherst College in 1963, the DSO will be one of the first orchestras to perform this work following its world premiere this summer.