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Join us “Home for the Holidays” to get in the holiday spirit with family and friends. We are excited to present this fourth annual holiday concert, which will be a joyful celebration featuring popular seasonal songs performed in grand style by the orchestra and our community partners. This performance is a family-friendly and heartwarming way to capture the essence of the season featuring familiar holiday tunes and even a sing-along.
*Not part of the subscription package! Seating is reserved on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call (409) 892-2257 or visit www.sost.org to purchase tickets.
Sponsored by Southeast Texas Medical Associates
Ryu Goto, guest voilinist
Nelson: Savannah River Holiday
Bruch: Violin Concerto in g minor
Corigliano: Promenade Overture
Barber: Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
“Only in America” will you find the great composers highlighted in this concert. Ron Nelson’s “Savannah River Holiday” begins the evening with its two contrasting moods alternating between boisterous energy and quiet contemplation that represent the power and serenity of the Savannah River.
The orchestra will also enchant the audience with Samuel Barber’s mysterious and beautiful Symphony No. 1, Op. 9. “This symphony is a true masterpiece that I know our audience will enjoy for its beautiful textures and the most stunning lyrical melodies,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton.
John Corigliano’s “Promenade Overture” continues to show the unique and unmistakable talent of composers of our great nation.
Guest violinist Ryu Goto will perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in g minor. Goto has established himself as a significant voice in classical music since beginning his career at the age of seven. He has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Tipton said Goto is an artist that he has always wanted to work with and share with our community.
Sponsored by Rosine McFaddin Wilson; Mr. Goto’s appearance made possible by the Symphony League of Beaumont.
Carl Topilow, guest conductor and clarinet
Featuring Chelsea Tipton on clarinet
Join us for a swinging good time with your SOST! Special guest conductor/artist Carl Topilow teams up with Maestro Chelsea Tipton in a program that brings back the great era of music “When Swing was King.”
Topilow is renowned worldwide for his versatility, whether he is holding a conductor’s baton or his trademark red clarinet. His unique approach to pops programming includes extensive audience involvement and true showmanship. Topilow is founder of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and recently completed his 37th season as music director and conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer music festival in Breckenridge, Colo., where our own Maestro Tipton served as his assistant conductor for two summers about 15 years ago. “Carl is an amazing clarinetist and conductor, and you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time with him,” said Tipton.
This will be a distinctive program featuring the beloved Swing Era as the duo leads the SOST through the music of Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others who made this era a milestone of American music.
Sponsored by Capital One Bank
Sean Chen, guest pianist
Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus
Shostakovich: Festive Overture Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Borodin: Polevetsian Dances
We cap off our season with a jaunt around the Russian countryside. “Russian Nights” will open with the “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich and its fullness of fire and brilliance.
Guest pianist Sean Chen will dazzle the audience with his virtuosic playing of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major. Chen won the Crystal Award at the 14th Annual Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2013, and has been hailed as a “charismatic rising star with an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity.”
Also joining the orchestra on our “Russian Nights” will be the Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus under the direction of Dr. James Han. They will perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” with its wonderfully tricky rhythms and dramatic dynamics making it fun for the performers and the audience.
The last piece of the evening closes out the season in spectacular fashion with the “Polovetsian Dances” of Aleksandr Borodin and its recognizable melodies and themes.
Co-sponsored by Baptist Hospital; Mr. Chen’s appearance made possible by Regina Rogers