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Weekend planner — Music

Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker’s works for orchestra, chorus and individual instruments have been performed at Carnegie Hall, in the Washington National Catherdral and on “The Ellen Show.” Her latest, “Across the Water,” a piano concerto based on familiar songs with water themes — the hymn “I’ve Got Peace Like a River,” the sea chanty “Way, Haul Away” and the English song “The Water is Wide” — will receive its premiere this Sunday when the Holyoke Civic Symphony opens its new season with a concert at the Holyoke Community College Forum. The concerto will feature 21-year-old pianist Evan Roider in his debut performance with the HCC. “My intent,” says Walker of the piece, “was to create music with a simple folk language, yet with the drama and variety inherent to the concerto genre.”

The premiere is part of a commitment by HCC music director David Kidwell to debut a new work by an American composer at each of the orchestra’s four concerts between October and May. Also on the program for Sunday’s water-themed concert: Johann Strauss’ “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” and Symphony No. 3 by Max Bruch (which Bruch considered subtitling “On the Rhine”).

3 p.m. Free admission. holyokecivicsymphony.org

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