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October 4, 2016

Sheboygan Symphony Begins 98th Season with Sheboygan Traditions Concert

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm                     Ronald Beitel, Horn

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra will open its 98th season with a concert at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts celebrating the tradition of classic music and its own local history.

Kevin Brochure1Kevin McMahon, who is beginning his seventh season as the SSO music director and conductor, said the program recalls for him the many memories he has created, and continues to create, since his arrival in Sheboygan.

“I am reminded how deeply I am attracted to Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, and the Weill Center for the Performing Arts, along with the many members of our symphonic family, and those in our audiences,” McMahon said.  “These passions for people and places are among the reasons our season opening concert is called Sheboygan Traditions.”

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, followed by Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 featuring Ronald Beitel as soloist. After intermission, the SSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.  McMahon said the lineup will appeal to symphony novices and seasoned symphonic connoisseurs.

“For those who are new to concerts, the programming diet does not get any better than the music to be performed by Beethoven, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky,” McMahon said.  “For those who travel attending concerts, you already know that these pieces are among the greatest artistic treasures; both moving and fun for audiences worldwide.”

It is at least the third time the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky have been programmed by the SSO, which speaks to their popularity. "As music director, I always strive to include concerts which include traditional orchestral fare, while also bringing new artists and repertory to town,” McMahon said.

Ron Beitel1Beitel will be making his debut with the orchestra, and the Strauss concerto is making its debut on an SSO program. Beitel is an active soloist, chamber music artist and horn class clinician. He has appeared with a The National Arts Chamber Orchestra, The San Antonio Symphony, The Salt Lake Symphony and The Vivaldi by Candlelight Orchestra in Salt Lake City. For the last 29 years, his music career as an orchestral artist has included positions with the Utah Symphony for 18 years, the San Antonio for nine years and the Memphis Symphony and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra for one season each.

Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2016-2017 season.

  • 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 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.

Tickets 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.  For more information on our season please visit the SSO website at http://sheboygansymphony.org

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