It's no exaggeration to say that the Italians practically invented orchestral music. From 18th century pioneers like Vivaldi and Corelli to modern masters such as Puccini and Respighi, Italian composers have enchanted us with melodies as rich as fettuccini alfredo and rhythms as seductive as a vintage Brunello. Italian sunshine and Mediterranean breezes have also beckoned to composers from other lands: Mendelssohn with his Italian Symphony, Berlioz’ Paganini-inspired Harold in Italy, and Tchaikovsky’s folk music fantasy Capriccio Italien, to name but a few. This season the Garland Symphony Orchestra will bring you masterworks by these composers and many more, all in celebration of Italy’s glorious and enduring musical heritage. The ninety-three virtuoso musicians of the GSO and we invite you to join us for an exhilarating musical tour of la bella Italia!