The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra returns to the concert stage at 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 in Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Auditorium for the season premiere of the yearlong celebration of Maestro Gary S. Fagin’s 20 years as music director.
The BCSO will pay tribute to its long-time principal clarinetist, Wendy Osteyee Christensen, who passed away unexpectedly in June. She was a member of the BCSO for 37 years. As a memorial to Christensen, the orchestra will perform Pavane by Gabriel Fauré.
The featured soloist for the concert is Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa, who joins the BCSO in a performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, composed in 1895. A winner of the First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition and the Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions, Mesa has appeared as soloist at the Supreme Court of the United States and with major American orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.