Ward Stare, guest conductor
Daniel Kaler, cello
Laura Strickling, soprano
Asheville Symphony Chorus
Offenbach: Overture to Gaîté Parisienne
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1
Berlioz: La Marseillaise
Vive la France! Masterworks 4 celebrates the work of four very distinct French composers. Offenbach’s Overture to Gaîté Parisienne, inspired by the amorous high spirits of the City of Lights, sets the scene. Cellist Daniel Kaler, winner of the Payne Prize, dazzles with Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto. Then, the Asheville Symphony Chorus takes the stage to present Poulenc’s delightful Gloria, and the program closes with Berlioz's grandiose La Marseillaise.