Exclusively sponsored by the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Guest Conductor Alvise Casellati

Sunday, March 11, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

ROSSINI Overture from William Tell

BELLINI Sinfonia

MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana–Intermezzo

PONCHIELLI Danze delle Ore

PUCCINI Tregenda from Le Villi

ROTA Gattopardo Suite


Sinfonia from Nabucco

Arredi Festivi from Nabucco

I Vespri Siciliani­–Sinfonia

Va pensiero from Nabucco

La Traviata–Prelude to Act I

Requiem–Dies Irae and Tuba Mirum


  • Rossini’s Overture from William Tell features one of the most famous musical passages of all time: the melody used as the theme to the classic radio and TV western The Lone Ranger.
  • Ponchielli’s Danze delle Ore (Dance of the Hours) might sound familiar to those that have seen the Disney animated film Fantasia, where the music scores a comic ballet with ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. The work’s melody was also used for Allan Sherman’s hit “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)”.
  • Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco, thrust the young composer to international fame, and features the work Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) – one of the best known numbers in opera. Va pensiero is still often performed as an encore in opera houses.
  •  La Traviata is based on the play La Dame aux Camelias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.