For nearly a century, members of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra have been sharing their love, passion and knowledge of music with the community, and their 96th year is no exception.
The 2014-15 Symphony Orchestra season, titled “A Season of Excitement,” will feature an eclectic mix of guest solo artists — most of whom have never performed in Sheboygan.
“The goal this season is to give a mix of traditional music as well as a sampling of things unheard in this area,” said Kevin McMahon, the symphony’s music director.
Each concert will be held at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, 826 N. Eighth St. Individual tickets go on sale beginning Friday. Season-ticket packages are currently available. Full concert series tickets include all five shows and range from $85 to $165. The Mini Series, which includes three of the five regular season concerts, range from $55 to $105. Student season passes are available for $50.
For more information, call 920-452-1985 or visit sheboygansymphony.org.
Heard for the first time in the Sheboygan Symphony’s history will be “Jongen,” “Tan Dan,” three works of Milosavljevic and one of Tchaikovsky’s early symphonies.
Along with music from the operas “The Magic Flute” and “Carmen,” the season opening concert features the mountaintop organ and orchestra work, “Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante.” From Philadelphia, the featured artist is Alan Morrison, who is head of the organ department at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Other featured guest artists for the year include Jing Wang on the Chinese violin (erhu), Ana Milosavljevic in her world premiere composition written for Sheboygan and performing on a Viper electric violin, and Lakeland College professor Arthur T. Johnson.
The final concert will feature two vocal soloists, Laquita Mitchell and Michael Redding, experts in the presentation of Gershwin’s folk opera, “Porgy and Bess.” This performance will serve as a remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the close of the Civil War and will also feature William Te Winkle as narrator in Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait.”
The Sheboygan Symphony family includes the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Chorus, Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony comprised of the Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia, the Symphony Singers, the Sheboygan Symphony Carolers and the Symphony Board.
The 21st season of the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus will include a choral orchestral repertoire with the SSO’s popular “Christmas Treasures” as well as two great American works with David Diamond’s “This Sacred Ground” and George Gershwin’s evergreen music from “Porgy and Bess.”
The 2014-2015 season is scheduled as follows:
• Oct. 4, Opera Favorites and the King of Instruments, organist Alan Morrison. Repertoire will include Mozart, “Magic Flute Overture”; Bizet, “Carmen Suites No. 1 and 2”; and Jongen, “Symphonie Concertante.”
• Nov. 15, Glimpse of the Exotic, performance by Jing Wang, erhu. Repertoire to include Wagner, Prelude to Act III from “Lohengrin” and Siegfried’s death and funeral Music from “Götterdämmerung”; Tan Dun, “Crouching Tiger Concerto”;and Brahms, “Symphony No. 2.”
• Dec. 13, Christmas Treasures, a joint showcase by Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, is a biennial holiday tradition to please all ages. Presented by Dr. Kevin R. McMahon, SSO music director and conductor Dr. Peter Dennee, SSC director.
• Feb. 7, Ana, featuring “Viper Concerto,” commissioned by SSO and performed by Ana Milosavljevic and the world premier of “Reflections.” Repertoire includes Tchaikovsky, “Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams”; Milosavljevic, “Reflections” (2013) for violin and orchestra (World Premiere), “Red” (2013) for orchestra; and the world premier of “Viper Concerto” (2014) for Viper electric violin and orchestra.
• March 14, Fantasia Revisited, featuring pianist Arthur T. Johnson. Repertoire includes Elgar, “Pomp and Circumstance No. 1”; Beethoven, “Symphony No. 6 Pastoral”; Dukas, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Shostakovich, “Piano Concerto No. 2, First Movement” and Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov, “Night on Bald Mountain.”
• May 9, Portrait of Americana, featuring William Te Winkle, narrator; Laquita Mitchell, soprano; and Michael Redding, baritone. Repertoire includes Copland, “A Lincoln Portrait”; Diamond, “This Sacred Ground” (includes words from the Gettysburg Address); Gershwin, “Porgy and Bess.” The SSO will be joined by the SSC.