The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra announces its 98th consecutive year of performing with “A Season Of Rich Expression.” The upcoming season also marks the seventh year for Kevin McMahon, Music Director and Conductor.
“A Season of Rich Expression points to the development of the musical communications of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus,” McMahon said. “These expressions lead to beauty”.
The season opens with a program featuring music from Beethoven, Richard Strauss (featuring former Utah Symphony member Ronald Beitel on horn), and Tchaikovsky. “This program is for orchestral connoisseurs as well as those who are new to symphony programs,” McMahon said. “There is no finer musical fare to sample.”
In November, the orchestra performs the top requests from the people’s choice poll with our People’s Choice Concert.
McMahon said the outcome of the voting will remain a surprise, as much as possible, until that evening’s Interludes, a program offered prior to each concert this year.
“Suffice to say, those who love everything from traditional symphonic music, to things about Wisconsin, to movie music will be satisfied, and audience members will leave the concert hall smiling and moved,” said McMahon.
Next up is the treasured holiday favorite Händel’s “Messiah” in December, which will feature the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus, prepared by Fabian Qamar. This season marks the 23rd year of performances with the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus.
As the season continues in February, the audience will enjoy a program entitled Memorable Movie Music with excerpts from, among others, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Star Trek” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
“In my tenure with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra we’ve done two concerts of John Williams’ music, including many of his famous movie scores,” McMahon said. “We’ve also done just a few other movie music cues for the Levitt AMP series, children’s concerts and on Rich Ridenour’s programs. What is special about this concert is that our public will get to hear a full concert of non-Williams movie music.”
The March performance will include Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 performed by Los Angeles area pianist Li-shan Hung and Christian music performed by Pastor David Weber. ”If you enjoy traditional orchestral music or contemporary Christian music, this is the concert for you,” McMahon said. “If you like one of these genres, but have never tried the other, this is the moment to give it a try.”
The season finale in May is entitled Passion Part Two, a sequel to the extremely popular opera finale of the 2015-16 season and features vocalist Laquita Mitchell, who audiences heard recently with the SSO in “Porgy and Bess”.
“Last season’s closing concert was a highlight for many on stage and off,” McMahon said. “You will again get to experience some of the finest music written for the theatre.”
From start to finish these performances promise to make a season rich in music and surprises -- one not to be missed.
Season tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Current season ticket holders have until July 11 to renew their same seats.
• Full Concert Series tickets range in price from $110 to $160
• The Mini Series, which includes three of the five regular season concerts, range in price from $72 to $102. Full Season and Mini Series tickets are only available through the Symphony Office.
• Individual concert tickets go on sale August 15 and range from $30, $35, $39 and $15 for students.
• Student season passes are available for $45/Full Season and $30/Mini Series.
• Ticket prices for the Messiah concert are $25, students are $15
Individual ticket purchases are available from the Symphony Office at 920- 452-1985 or the Weill Center ticket office at 920-208-3243. Tickets are also available in the box office two hours prior to the concert.
The following is an overview of each concert for 2016-17 “A Season of Rich Expression”, for more information please visit our website at http://sheboygansymphony.org
October 8, 2016 Sheboygan Traditions
Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
R. Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1
Ronald Beitel, Horn
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
November 12, 2016 People’s Choice Concert
We invite you to join us as we celebrate our enduring relationship with you as the Sheboygan Symphony performs the top requests from last season’s People’s Choice Poll.
December 10, 2016 Messiah
The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present the treasured holiday performance of Händel’s “Messiah”. “One of the world’s greatest oratorios in the first preparation of this work by the SSC’s young, director Fabian Qamar. “Surely this is a Sheboygan Tradition” McMahon said.
February 4, 2017 Memorable Movie Music
Join us for a night of music from some of your favorite movies including “On Golden Pond”, “Chronicles of Narnia”, “Titanic”, Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije” Suite, “Somewhere in Time”, “Dances with Wolves” and much more…
March 11, 2017 With A Little Help From My Friends
Brahms “Piano Concerto No. 2” featuring Li-shan Hung on piano and A Symphony of Songs by Pastor David Weber, orchestrated by Tony Memmel. Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Dave Weber performs his songs, “Sing to the Lord”, “Always the Heart of Me”, “Lord of Broken Dreams”, “Teach Me Jesus” and “Just As I Am”.
May 13, 2017 Passion Part Two: Music from the Heart, World’s Greatest Opera Choruses and More
Our final concert of the season is filled with arias, opera choruses and music from familiar works such as Mozart’s overture to “Don Giovanni”, Musetta’s Waltz from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from “Götterdämmerung” by Wagner. Featured vocalist Laquita Mitchell, joined by the Symphony Chorus, will make this a night to remember.
For more information on the orchestra, our season and artists please visit http://sheboygansymphony.org.