The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra is a very important part of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Founded in 1930, the Mansfield Symphony is deeply rooted in our community. It was the merging of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra with the Renaissance Theatre in 1997 that created the association we have today – Renaissance Performing Arts.
Each season, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra holds six concerts. Three concerts are called “Masterworks” which highlight famous and classic symphonic repertoire, and three concerts are called “Pops” which honors more popular compositions.
The first concert in the 2019-20 Season was titled “Bohemian Souls” for the compositions performed on the concert – Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for orbiting spheres), the beautiful Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Spanish virtuoso, Francisco Fullana, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, which was composed in honor of his election into the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts.
Octavio Más-Arocas became the Music Director of the MSO in 2017. His animated conducting style is a favorite of audience members.
The Woodwind Section of the orchestra must be a team. Each part is separate from the other and so it is important for those parts to work as one.
The percussion section of an orchestra is the most versatile of all of the sections. There really is no limit to the instruments they could play – from the snare drum to a kazoo!
The Double Bass is the largest instrument of the string family. You will often see this instrument in Bluegrass and Jazz bands.
Spanish-born violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been hailed as a “rising star” (BBC Music Magazine), an “amazing talent” (conductor Gustavo Dudamel) and “frighteningly awesome” (Buffalo News). His Carnegie Hall recital debut was noted for its “joy and playfulness in collaboration … it was perfection” (New York Concert Review).
Fullana’s rendition of the Tchaikovsky was truly amazing and brought the house to its feet!
The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra is a gem for our community!