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Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Beethoven: "Choral" Fantasy
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
We end each season with a grand finale concert of great celebration and inclusive of the entire community. On April 11, our orchestra will be joined by the SOST Chorus and local favorite, guest pianist Philippe Bianconi for a performance not to be missed.
Bianconi returns to the Julie Rogers Theatre stage to dazzle the audience with his artistry and amazing command over the piano. The unique twist for this concert is that he will perform two works: Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which is a rare feat for any pianist.
“Philippe is a wonderful collaborator,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton, II. “He makes the orchestra’s involvement more of a conversation rather than it being a shadow to the piano.”
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is one of the most well-known piano concertos and also one of the most technically challenging pieces ever written in the standard classical repertoire.
Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” is a work that is not performed often but has a close kinship to his Ninth Symphony in sound and character. The SOST Chorus, under the direction of Dr. James Han, will lend their voices to this brilliant finale.
Sponsored by Rosine McFaddin Wilson.
Mr. Bianconi’s appearance made possible in part by the Beaumont Music Commission Charlene L. Kiker Guest Artist Endowment.
Symphony Chorus’ appearance made possible in part by :
*Join Maestro Tipton for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. from the Julie Rogers Theatre stage. Pre-concert lectures made possible by a gift from Dr. & Mrs. Russ Schultz.
Get to know your SOST!
We invite you to get to know some of your orchestra musicians at “SOST On the Town” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the Edison Plaza Lobby. This new concert experience takes the musicians out of the concert hall for an evening of great music, tasty treats from Green Light Kitchen and interesting conversation. The SOST Brass Quintet will perform music from Bach to the Beatles while giving you a behind the scenes look at the life of a musician.
"The purpose of this concert is to provide a more intimate setting where the audience gets to see the musicians up close and personal," said Brian Shook, SOST principal trumpet and Brass Quintet member. "Sort of like athletes, we feed off of the energy of the crowd. (No foam fingers or beer hats at concerts, please!) Being closer to the audience, we can see their reactions to what we are performing while we are performing -- and vice versa. This creates a wonderful exchange of energy and intimacy that grows throughout the concert!"
The concert will also feature a video presentation weaved throughout the musical selections illustrating each musician’s background and sharing some personal stories.
“At a typical SOST concert, the audience only gets to hear the musicians ‘speak’ through our instruments,” Shook said. “The nature of the intimate setting of this concert allows audience members to mingle with us afterword, providing a natural environment for casual conversation, which is very much encouraged at ‘On the Town.’”
Seating for “SOST On the Town” is limited. Tickets are $10 each. To purchase tickets or get more information, click here or contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.
Edison Plaza is located at 350 Main Street in downtown Beaumont.
“SOST On the Town” is generously supported by the Edaren Foundation.