The MSO, led by music director Paul Phillips, opens its new concert season with Richard Danielpour’sCelestial Night, a 20-minute piece inspired by summer evenings of stargazing in New England. It will be followed by Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring faculty member Catharine Lysinger as piano soloist. Prokofiev performed the lively, concise, melodically rich work at his graduation from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1914, winning the school’s concerto competition. The concert concludes with Aaron Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring. Drawn from the ballet depicting a young couple in rural 19th century Pennsylvania that Copland created for Martha Graham in 1944, the suite has become one of the most famous compositions of this iconic American composer. In 2016, the full orchestra version of the entire ballet was completed in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and received its world premiere by the MSO. For more information call 214.768.2787.