French pianist Francois Dumont will open the Redlands Symphony’s Signature Series, the orchestra’s 2020-21 virtual concert season, with a performance 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
Dumont will play Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata and Chopin’s Four Ballades, and the program will include an introduction by Ransom Wilson, the Redlands Symphony’s music director and conductor, and an interview with Dumont.
The free concert will be available 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at www.redlandssymphony.com/signature and again at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, according to a news release.
This is the first of six musical events in the Signature Series, the Redlands Symphony’s response to the limitations placed on live concerts by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As it became clear that we would not be able to perform normally during the upcoming season, the board and I began to explore viable alternatives a live concert.” Wilson said in the news release.
“We wanted to remain visible in the community, continue to provide the musical performances at a high standard and remain viable. The Signature Series is our solution. I’m thrilled that my friend and musical colleague Francois Dumont will be with us to kick off the series,” Wilson said.
Signature Series programs will continue in December, January, February, March and April.
The December program, “Horns for the Holidays,” will feature members of Redlands Symphony Orchestra’s brass section performing an eclectic mixture of music for brass, including several pieces suitable for the holidays.
For more about the Nov. 14 program, including a biography of Francois Dumont, go to www.redlandssymphony.com/concerts/francois-dumont-plays-beethoven-chopin-virtual-concert.