Join the symphony and guest conductor Matilda Hofman for an evening of magic and transformation. Wagner’s ethereal prelude to Lohengrin and Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful Swan Lake are connected by themes of sorcery, redemption, forbidden questions, and swan transformations. The Rosamunde overture is quintessential Schubert and involves the transformation of a poor shepherdess into a queen. Strauss’s early tone poem Death and Transfiguration is preoccupied with late Romantic obsessions of the individual who, struggling with the world, is finally redeemed.
Music director of the Diablo Symphony, Matilda Hofman has a busy schedule in California and abroad. She works regularly with Empyrean Ensemble, the Early Music Ensemble at Davis, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. She studied at Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Eastman School of Music and was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and school.