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September 26, 2017

Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra unwraps 99th season with classical favorites

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra launches its 2017-2018 Season at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts spotlighting beloved classical composers and our own principal cellist. Conductor and Music Director, Kevin McMahon, stated, “A delightful season opening concert is available, called ‘Mozart and Tchaikovsky.’ The program centers around two of the finest and well-loved, historical composers, as we share the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.”

Kevin Brochure1McMahon declared, “Starting the season is Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, the “Linz.” This symphony is Mozart in finest form, with musical language that plumbs depths, but is mostly buoyant and energetic.”

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist is the featured soloist in the next work, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. McMahon explained, “Tchaikovsky was a great admirer of Mozart and this work presents all the expressive capabilities of the cello, honors Tchaikovsky’s admiration of Mozart, while showcasing all the beauty we know resides in Tchaikovsky’s music. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, known as the “Little Russian” or “Ukrainian.” Now in my eighth season as music director and conductor, Tchaikovsky will be a composer whose symphonic cycle we will complete. So far we’ve presented symphonies 1, 4, and 5.”

Jichen LiJichen Li, the Symphony’s principal cellist and October guest artist, was born in China, studied cello at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the China Conservatory of Music before continuing his education in the US. He is working toward a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, under the tutelage of Stefan Kartman. Li has served as the principal cellist in various orchestras including Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music, and currently principal cellist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing in the cello section of the UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Li was the featured soloist in the 2015 UWM Concerto Competition and received first prize in the Sheboygan symphony orchestra concerto competition. Currently he is a cello teacher at the String Academy of Wisconsin.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices are $39, $35, $30 and $15 for students. Call the Weill Center Office at 920-208-3243. Tickets are also available at the box office two hours prior to the concert.

The Interludes Pre-Concert talk begins at 6:30 p.m. It is a free event for concert ticket holders. Space is limited and an R.S.V.P is required. For more information, contact business@sheboygansymphony.org or call 920-452-1985.

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