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The Folsom Lake Symphony was founded in 2004 to bring beautiful classical and pops music to the Folsom region. In our ten seasons, we have presented more than 50 performances of some of the finest music ever written. At least three concerts a year are dedicated to major classical repertoire by such composers as Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Every December we perform a holiday concert, mixing classical with traditional; and each spring we conclude our season with a pops concert featuring mainly American composers. Whatever your preferred theme, if you love wonderful music exquisitely played, we invite you to join our concerts.

Maestro Peter Jaffe has completed his program for the 2015-2016 season – and it is one you don't want to miss! You will enjoy a rare variety of classical works along with truly phenomenal soloists.

This year, we are offering five concerts to be played at the Harris Center. The symphony is a Harris Center’ community partner. Our season brochure contains the details, but here are a few highlights:

  • Masterpieces, Oct. 24, 2015: Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Internationally renowned pianist Alon Goldstein solos.
  • Bianco Natale, Dec. 5 and 6, 2015: Adeste fidelis, White Christmas, Silent Night, Che gelida manina from La bohème, Nessun dorma, excerpts from The Nutcracker, music from the movie Frozen and more. Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito solos. Esposito was recently acclaimed for his performance in the PBS docu-concert "Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Enrico Caruso."
  • Romance & Destiny, Feb. 13, 2016: Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila, Chausson’s Poeme, Ravel’s Tzigane, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Violinist Livia Sohn solos. Sohn has been hailed by reviewers as "a stunning musician" with "a remarkably lithe and transparent tone of exceptional purity."
  • The Spirit of Freedom, April 2, 2016: Sibelius’ Finlandia, Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Violinist Kerson Leong solos. Now 18, Leong won Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition at age 13 and is a five-time grand prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition.
  • Hollywood Hits, June 4 & 5, 2016: As the most requested response on our patron survey, the orchestra will play a selection of movie classics ranging from Gone With the Wind and Exodus to Star Wars and Ghostbusters. Baritone Ralph Cato, esteemed for his rich baritone, solos.

Maestro Peter Jaffe leads the Folsom Symphony in a repertoire rich in classical favorites and new surprises. The 2014-15 season is Maestro Jaffe's first as the symphony's music director and conductor, following the retirement of founding music director and conductor, Maestro Michael Neumann. Maestro Neumann will remain with the symphony as Music Director Emeritus.

Peter Jaffe is delighed to be joining the Folsom Symphony as music director and conductor. Also serving as the music director for the Stockton Symphony since 1995 and for the Auburn Symphony since 2012, Mr. Jaffe is known for fostering sustained artistic growth. Recipient of top awards from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and the Stockton Arts Commission, he has been honored by the University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College for innovations in educational programming and by the Brubeck Institute for distinguished service. Mr. Jaffe has spearheaded the commissions of several world premieres—Avner Dorman's Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu earned the Stockton Symphony national recognition for community engagement activities dealing with crucial social issues, and a portion of the Stockton Symphony CD of Chris Brubeck's Mark Twain's World was broadcast nationally on NPR's Performance Today.

Mr. Jaffe returns for appearances this season with Symphony Silicon Valley, and he has appeared as guest conductor with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestras, the Sacramento and Virginia Symphonies, and several other orchestras and music festivals. He spent three seasons conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory and two as a visiting professor at Stanford University, highlighted by an Eastern European tour with the Stanford Symphony. He has served as music director for the Stockton Opera since 2001, most recently conducting Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

Mr. Jaffe teaches every summer at the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina, and he conducted and taught at the Aspen Music Festival for fourteen years—many of his Aspen performances have been broadcast nationally. Under his direction, Aspen’s Young Artist Orchestra series helped to advance the careers of numerous rising stars. He was also honored to conduct the U.S. premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Ligeia with the Aspen Opera Theater.

Several of Mr. Jaffe’s own arrangements have been commissioned by and performed with orchestras in Aspen, Chicago, Long Beach, and Stockton, including his Symphonic Birthday and his transcription of Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos for Jan DeGaetani, which was also performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A CD of his lullaby arrangements was released on the Chandos label, featuring mezzo-soprano Nadia Pelle with Yuli Turovsky directing I Musici de Montréal.

Mr. Jaffe appeared on NBC’s First Camera in a show devoted to Tanglewood, where he was coached by Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, and Gustav Meier, He also studied conducting with Andor Toth, Paul Vermel, Charles Bruck, and Herbert Blomstedt. Peter Jaffe’s instrumental background includes extensive performing on the violin, viola, and keyboard. He served for a season as acting concertmaster of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and for several years as staff pianist and vocal accompanist at the Aspen Music Festival. He often conducts from the harpsichord when performing Baroque or early Classic repertoire.

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