Donald Runnicles - Conductor
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mozart - Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 ("Prague")
Humperdinck - Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
Humperdinck - Three excerpts from Hansel and Gretel
Humperdinck - Finale from Hansel and Gretel
Wagner - Overture to Tannhäuser
Frequent guest Donald Runnicles is an illustrious figure on opera podiums from San Francisco to New York to Berlin. This program highlights his mastery, from the fairy-tale charms of Hansel and Gretel to the powerful mythological romance of Tannhäuser. A renowned symphonic conductor as well, Maestro Runnicles will reveal all the charm and profundity of Mozart's "Prague" Symphony. We open with Vaughan Williams's 16th-century retrospective Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, featuring the uniquely lush Philadelphia strings.