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Southwest Florida Symphony Announces 2011-2012 Subscription Series

August 31, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Southwest Florida Symphony has announced plans for the 2011-2012 subscription series. The Symphony will present five classical "Master works" concerts, a three-concert Pops series and a holiday pops program, at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, three performances at Schein Hall at BIG ARTS on Sanibel and three performances at the Village Church at Shell Point.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 1.

Maestro Michael Hall has programmed music ranging from great masterpieces by Brahms, Dvorak and Bruch to popular selections from Broadway and Hollywood.

New this season, Maestro Hall will offer an inside look at Elgar's Enigma Variations formatted as a "Discovery Concert." Designed for audiences of all ages, patrons will be introduced to Elgar's best known work to both the music and the enigmas behind the music.

This season the orchestra will offer a series of three pops programs with music from the American Songbook of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter, selections from Oscar-winning movies through the years with guest conductor Michael Berkowitz, and a salute to the great Broadway musicals.

2011-12 Season Dates and Programs

Fact Box

Series subscriptions are available for the 2011-12 season. Subscriptions for the five-concert classical series start at $82, the three-concert pops series starts at $49 and the Sanibel Series is $90. (Prices do not include handling fees.) Subscriptions may be purchased online at www.swflos.org or by calling the box office at 239-418-1500.

At this time photos are available by contacting Mary at 239-418-0996. New photos are available on their website.

Single tickets and Flex Packages will go on sale on September 1.

Master Works Series

Masterworks I

Michael Hall, Music Director and Conductor

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Liszt - Les Prludes

Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor

Brahms Symphony No. 2

Christopher Taylor, Piano Soloist

For the opening concert, Maestro Hall has programmed three masterpieces from great 19th century Romantic composers. A colorful and dramatic work, Les Preludes is the best known and most popular of Liszt's symphonic poems. Schumann's Piano Concerto is full of extraordinary lyricism, tenderness and energy - a beautiful work from beginning to end. The cheerful and pastoral Second Symphony by Brahms is among the best-loved works by the composer.

Soloist for the Schumann Piano Concerto, Christopher Taylor is a remarkable young American pianist, and an artist pursuing a varied and truly acclaimed career. At home in the U.S. he has appeared with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Symphonies of Colorado, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, the Boston Pops. Christopher Taylor has toured North America with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic. And with Orpheus, he has toured the premiere performances of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' "Sea Orpheus", including an appearance at Carnegie Hall about which the New York Times wrote "Christopher Taylor gave a brilliant, energetic account".

This program will be repeated on Monday, November 7, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Church at Shell Point.

Masterworks II

Saturday, January 7, 2012, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

With the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

Verdi Sicilian Vespers

Respighi Three Botticelli Pictures

Mahler Lieder

Mozart Mass K. 317, "Coronation"

Respighi's Three Botticelli Pictures, composed in 1926, was inspired by three well-known paintings by the fifteenth century artist in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Each movement illustrates one of the paintings through the use of brilliant orchestral colors, picturesque images and pastoral dances.

Completed in Salzburg in 1779, the Mozart Mass K. 317 was premiered on Easter Sunday of that year. The four vocal soloists, often heard as a quartet, contrast with the larger forces of the SATB chorus. The work is a joyful and celebratory setting that sparkles with orchestral color.

Masterworks III

Friday, January 27, 2012, 8 p.m. Discovery Concert

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Vaughan Williams, Overture to the Wasps

Walton Viola Concerto, Second Movement featuring Chloe Thominet, Winner of the 2011 Jillian Prescott Music Awards

Elgar Enigma Variations

Maestro Hall will offer an inside look at Elgar's Enigma Variations on our first Discovery Concert. Designed for audiences of all ages, patrons will be introduced to Elgar's best known work - to both the music and the enigmas behind the music.

Masterworks IV

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Dvorak Cello Concerto

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathtique)

Ralph Kirshbaum, Cello Soloist

Dvorak composed the Cello Concerto while living in New York. It is scored on a large-scale for a Romantic-sized orchestra. The work is full of beautiful lyricism and driving energy. It is considered one of the unchallenged masterpieces of the literature for cello.

"I have put my entire soul into this workI love it as I have never before loved any of my musical offering." This is what Tchaikovsky said of his sixth and last symphony. The work is treasured by audiences for its rich orchestration and emotionally moving content.

The distinguished career of Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum-which encompasses the worlds of solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy-clearly places him in "...the highest echelon of today's cellists." (Los Angeles Times).Ralph Kirshbaum has appeared with many of the world's great orchestras, including the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, BBC and London Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to his solo career, Ralph Kirshbaum has been on the faculty of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England for 35 years, and in 2008 accepted the Gregor Piatigorsky Endowed Chair in Violoncello at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Ralph Kirshbaum served on the US President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities from 2003 through 2008. The rare Montagnana Cello that he plays once belonged to the 19th century virtuoso, Piatti.

Masterworks V

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Corigliano, Voyage

Bruch Violin Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Mark Kaplan, Violin Soloist

The lush string sonorities and shifting harmonies reflect the dreaminess of a lonely lover in Voyage by the celebrated Academy Award (The Red Violin) winning composer, John Corigliano. Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor is one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire. Beethoven himself reportedly considered his Seventh Symphony as one of his finest works. The piece is known for its powerful rhythmic energy, vitality and sense of celebration as well as for the great beauty of the famous second movement.

Violinist Mark Kaplan's career began in Europe in 1975, when he was asked to replace Pinchas Zukerman in a concert in Cologne, which led to engagements that launched an international career. Kaplan has performed in all the principal cities of Europe, as well as the Far East and Australia. In the United States he has played with nearly every major orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. With a repertoire that stretches from the baroque to the present day, Kaplan has recorded extensively. His performances appear on various commercial labels, including Koch, Arabesque, Claves and Copl Legno.

This program will also be performed on Friday, March 23, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Church at Shell Point.

Pops Series

Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Michael Hall, Conductor

Deston Owens and Sarah Pfisterer, vocal soloists

The Great American Songbook - all of the music from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley rolled into one evening, "The Great American Songbook" features music of Arlen, Berlin, Ellington, Gershwin, Kern, Mercer, Porter, Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein and more.

Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Michael Berkowitz, Conductor

The Envelope, Please An evening of award-winning film music with Guest Conductor Michael Berkowitz. Michael Berkowitz is currently the Principal Pops Conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in California. Berkowitz has led numerous orchestras including the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony and the National Symphony. His acclaimed conducting technique as well as his comfortable and humorous manner on the podium has made him a favorite of audiences and orchestras throughout the US and abroad.

Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Michael Hall, Conductor

Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen, vocalists

Broadway Behind the Mask The greatest shows of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber combined with hits by Kander and Ebb, Stephen Schwartz, and more! Featuring music from: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CATS, EVITA, SUNSET BOULEVARD, SONG AND DANCE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, WICKED, THE JERSEY BOYS, CHICAGO, A CHORUS LINE and SPAMALOT.

Special Event (not included in subscription series)

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 8 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

James Stephenson, Guest Conductor

Sra Dell'Omo, vocalist

Timeless Treasures Holiday Pops Concert

Composer/Arranger/Conductor Jim Stephenson brings his fresh take on "Timeless Treasures" of the Holiday Season, featuring many of his own arrangements created especially for and featuring members of the Southwest Florida Symphony. Vocalist Sara Dell'Omo, the first female featured soloist with the "President's Own" Marine Band, joins the Orchestra in swinging versions of popular holiday favorites.

This program will be repeated on Monday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Church at Shell Point.

Sanibel Series

The Southwest Florida Symphony, Michael Hall Music Director and Conductor, will present three performances at Schein Hall at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island, on January 11, February 22 and March 14, 2012, all Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m.

Single tickets - $35 (on sale September 1)

Series of Three Concerts - $90

Sanibel 1

January 11, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.

Michael Hall, Conductor

Beethoven - Creatures of Prometheus

Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453 with Hyojin Ahn, soloist

Sanibel 2

February 22, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.

Michael Hall, Conductor

Schubert - Overture in C minor

Nagel - As You Like It "Rosalind's Theme"

Turina - La Oracion del torero

Dvorak Serenade

Sanibel 3

March 14, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.

Michael Hall, Conductor

Debussy - Afternoon of a Fawn (arr Schoenberg)

Gounod - Petite Symphony

Brahms - Serenade No. 2

Series subscriptions are available for the 2011-12 season. Subscriptions for the five-concert classical series start at $82, the three-concert pops series starts at $49 and the Sanibel Series is $90. (Prices do not include handling fees.) Subscriptions may be purchased online at www.swflos.org or by calling the box office at 239-418-1500.

At this time photos are available by contacting Mary at 239-418-0996. New photos are available on their website.

Single tickets and Flex Packages will go on sale on September 1.

 
 

 

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