FSO Classical Concerts

The Flint Symphony regularly performs music that challenges and inspires musicians and audience members alike. The Flint Journal has called Maestro Diemecke, "nearly flawless," and has referred to orchestra performances as "outstanding," "sparkling," and "brilliant."

The Flint Symphony Orchestra Classical Concert Season is sponsored by the Whiting Foundation and The Flint Journal.

Broadcast media sponsorship provided by Michigan Radio. michiganradiologo

Celebrating 25 Years Of Classical Music

This season marks the 25th year of Maestro Enrique Diemecke leading the Flint Symphony Orchestra. Since 1989, Enrique Diemecke has brought his audience to joyful tears and heartfelt lows – all with music.

Prepare yourself for a season of great panache and high energy. Selections from Bach, Shostakovich, Copland,Brahms, Strauss, Beethoven and Enrique Diemecke himself. Join others to capture the fanfare and pageantry that only the Maestro can create!

October 12, 2013

6pm • The Whiting

Conductor: Enrique Diemecke
Guest Artists: Pablo Diemecke, Violin*
Augusto Diemecke, Violin*

Bach, Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra, BWV 1043*
An ingenious work by this prolific German composer, the concerto unites two solo violins who converse with one another through graceful and intertwining melodies.

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 7 in C Major (Leningrad), op. 60
Bombastic brass rhythms are pitted against defiant melodies in this massive musical depiction of resistance in the face of tyranny by this Russian-born composer.

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Concert sponsored by Dr. Cathy Blight & Mr. Edward Davison, William M. Bowling, M.D., Dr. & Mrs. Leslie LeMieux, Jr., Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala and Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Wang

Guest artist sponsored by Jay and Marilyn Nelson

November 16, 2013

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8pm • The Whiting

Conductor: Enrique Diemecke
Guest Artist: Angela Cheng, Piano*

Britten, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell
English composer Britten penned this stately piece as an imaginative introduction to the varied instruments of the orchestra. Each section of the orchestra is showcased with confident flair.

Schumann, Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in A Minor, op. 54*
A breathtakingly lovely musical composition from this leading romantic German symphonist, portraying yearning and searching.

Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73
This daring symphonic work encroached on the glorious and lush, idyllic and pastoral – and presents itself unlike any of the German composer’s other symphonies.

Concert sponsored by Hurley Medical Center

Guest artist sponsored by Howard and Rita Shand

January 18, 2014

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8pm • The Whiting

Conductor: Enrique Diemecke
Guest Artist: Cecilia Tsan, cello*

Tovar, Kalamary

Diemecke, Camino y vision for Solo Cello & Orchestra*

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major (Eroica)

A staple of symphonic repertoire, the German composer broke the mold with this triumphant masterpiece, despite his increasing deafness.

Concert sponsored by Mr. Edward Davison, Attorney at Law, & Dr. Cathy O. Blight, Edward G. and Donna Henneke, John and Diane Lindholm, Michael J. Nolan, The Williams Firm, and Dean T. Yeotis

Guest artist sponsored by Anonymous Donor 2

February 8, 2014

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8pm • The Whiting

Conductor: Enrique Diemecke
Guest Artists: Nicole Cash, French Horn*
Issachah Savage, Tenor+

Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, op. 31+*
A soulful serenade, written during World War II, sets six English poems to music with a splendid and unique combination of tenor and French horn.

Copland, Old American Songs (First Set)+
This U.S. composer established a distinctive American style with compositions such as this – free of pretension, playful and energetic, sentimental and nostalgic – celebrating the American folk song tradition.

Richard Strauss, Thus Spake Zarathustra, op. 30
From a primal beginning to an ambiguous conclusion, this epic and magnificent tone poem searches to understand the essence of life. The iconic work from the highly regarded romantic German composer tells us the answers are still out there.

Concert sponsored by First Merit Bank

Guest artist sponsored by Jim and Patt Spangler & Dr. Prabha Raju, DDS, Tender Dental Care

March 15, 2014

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8pm • The Whiting

Conductor: Enrique Diemecke
Guest Artist: Katherine Weintraub, soprano saxophone*
2013 William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition Winner
Nicole Greenidge Joseph, Soprano**
Wendy Bloom, Mezzo Soprano**
Flint Festival Chorus, Wendy Bloom, Director**

Villa-Lobos, Fantasia para saxophone*

Mahler, Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (Resurrection)**
Expressing the restoration of life, this poignant and passionate piece travels from dark and despairing to triumphant and transcendent – a truly monumental work created by this Austrian composer.

Concert sponsored by Anonymous Donor 16 & FIM Employees

Guest artist sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Frederick VanDuyne
Katherine Weintraub appears courtesy of S. Cecilia Society, the host of the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition

May 3, 2014

8pm • The Whiting

Conductor: Enrique Diemecke
Guest Artist: Pepe Romero, Guitar*

Ginastera, Panambi: Suite, op. 1a
The Latin American composer presents a rhythmic and elemental work that evokes the indigenous spirit of Argentina.

Diemecke, Concerto a Celedonio for Guitar and Orchestra*
Written as a tribute to Pepe’s father, Celedonio, Maestro Diemecke has conceived a duet for two guitars with the orchestra representing the second guitar.

C. Romero, Concierto de Málaga*
This work, composed by Celedonio Romero, was written in honor of his family’s hometown, the harbor town of Málaga, Spain, lying on the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean.

Revueltas, La noche de los mayas
An energetic piece, with a stunning percussion cadenza composed by Maestro Diemecke, that depicts the culture clash between a tribe of traditional Mayans and modern society.

Concert sponsored by McLaren Flint

Guest artist sponsored by Nartel Family Foundation

Pre-Concert Talks

Start your evening with our free PreConcert Talk held in The Whiting one hour before every FSO Classical Concert. Learn more about the music and gain fascinating insights about the composers. Presented by Gregg Powell, FSO Bassist.


More Info

The Flint Institute of Music
1025 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503

Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm | Saturday 9 am - 1 pm



Flint Youth Theatre
1220 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm

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