The second in its 2012-13 season of Musical Destinations, the concert will feature beautiful and memorable works of Faure, Ravel, Debussy and Bizet.
Maestro Frank Fetta, who will conduct the 7:30 p.m. concert, said the orchestra will "grasp the opportunity to sizzle, scintillate and satisfy audiences."
Fetta added that the concert will transport music lovers to an enthralling French landscape."
The evening begins with Faure's spectacular "Pelleas and Melisande," which consists of four movements to tell the story of two young people who meet and fall in love under tragic circumstances.
Debussy's poetic "Petite Suite," was inspired by the poems of Paul Verlaine. Originally written as a piano duet in 1889, it was arranged for the orchestra in 1909.
The first movement, "En Bateau," (Sailing) opens with a flute accompanied by muted strings, then violins and clarinets, calling to mind the serenity of a sail at dusk.
Bizet's dazzling "Symphony in C," was written in 1855 when the composer was just 17 and a student at the Paris Conservatoire. It was not performed unitl 1933, more than 50 years after his death.
Ravel's "Piano Concerto in G Major" includes many of the jazz idioms and harmonies popular in Paris during the time.
American pianist Esther Keel is the soloist.
The "French Connection" is at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at www.sanbernardinosymphony.org, or by calling 909-381-5388.
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