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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
We invite you to get to know some of your orchestra musicians and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at “SOST On the Town” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 in the Edison Plaza Lobby. This second annual concert experience takes the musicians out of the concert hall for an evening of great music, tasty treats from Green Light Kitchen and an added Mexican flair for a festive evening. The SOST Percussion ensemble will fill the room with the stimulating sounds of its interesting instruments.
“This concert will feature a new taste of some of our percussion instruments,” said SOST Principal Percussionist Jamie Strawther. “We will highlight the different sounds that can come from our instruments and demonstrate the variety of music we can perform. From loud and rhythmic to soft and pretty, we’ll show the wide range of styles that can be expressed through percussion music.”
Strawther also added that percussion music keeps the musicians on their toes and always moving. “There is a great visual aspect to a percussion performance that I think the audience will love,” he said.
Some of the pieces featured will include “Afta-Stuba” by Mark Ford and “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre. The ensemble will also add some Mexican beats to the evening for a grand celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
The concert will also feature a video presentation weaved throughout the musical selections illustrating each musician’s background and sharing some personal stories.
Seating for “SOST On the Town” is limited. Tickets are $10 each. To purchase tickets contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.
Edison Plaza is located at 350 Pine Street in downtown Beaumont.