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For the first of two incredible pops concerts this season, we present a spectacular evening of Broadway hits. Your SOST will be joined by the multi-talented tenor Connor Bogart O’Brien to perform America’s most beloved musicals. You’ll be snapping along with the “Jersey Boys” in your head to “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and then drift through the great music that made “Frozen,” “West Side Story,” “Les Misérables,” and “Phantom of the Opera” such great memories.
A classical violinist since the age of five, O’Brien studied opera at the Eastman School of Music in New York, and has since toured the globe as a professional performer. Some of his notable theater performances have included leading roles in Miss Saigon (Chris), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) and Altar Boyz (Abraham). O’Brien sings in multiple styles ranging from opera to musical theater to rock and also possesses a very high and pure falsetto. He has been the featured soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Pops among others. He has also toured the U.S, and along with his band, has performed as the opening act on over 20 national tours. He can also currently be heard behind the scenes singing and recording jingles for companies such as Hasbro Toys and American Greetings, and as a headlining act on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruise lines with his previous group of Broadway veterans, “The Matinee Idols.”
“Oh What a Night” brings Broadway’s best right here to Beaumont!
Concert Sponsor: Mason Construction
Artist Sponsor: Sandra Clark
Stroll through Shangri La Gardens at the peak of Scarecrow Festival arriving at the Great Lawn in time to indulge in a festive evening of seasonal nature and magnificent music. The Symphony of Southeast Texas will perform a great selection of Broadway hits. Bring lawn chairs and soak up the alluring sights and sounds of autumn and art at sunset.
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Tickets: Call the church office at (409) 892-4251.
SOST Concertmaster Matthew Detrick performs one of the greatest violin concertos of all time, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. It is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin. Detrick is no stranger to a challenge, having begun playing the violin at the ripe age of three and turning it into an active performing and teaching career.
Beethoven’s well-loved “Egmont Overture” begins with a powerful, strikingly original overture that summarizes the course of the drama, from its ominous slow introduction to the manic transformation of tragedy into triumph in a brilliant coda, which he echoed at the end of the play as a Victory Symphony.
Bizet’s Symphony in C was an extraordinary accomplishment for the 17-year-old student of the Paris Conservatoire. The melodic invention, thematic handling and orchestration of the piece reveal the amazing talent of the youthful Frenchman.
“Come experience the beautiful melodies, rich orchestration, and elegant charm of Georges Bizet,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton II. “It will be an evening not to be missed!”
Concert co-sponsors: Entergy Texas and Christus- St. Elizabeth Hospital
Artist Sponsor: Beaumont Music Commission
Join us “Home for the Holidays” to get in the holiday spirit with family and friends. We are excited to present this fifth 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 click here to purchase tickets.
Sponsored by Southeast Texas Medical Associates.
Reception sponsored by Mathews Jewelers.
American country music artist and Vidor native Tracy Byrd, along with his band, will be joining the SOST on stage for our second pops concert this season, “Best of Byrd.” This is an innovative and exciting endeavor for all involved as it is the first appearance for Byrd and his band with a symphony orchestra and a new musical journey for the SOST.
Byrd broke through on the country music scene with his 1993 single “Holdin' Heaven,” which reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. His career spans over two decades, including 30 chart-reaching singles and nine albums, four of which were certified gold and one double platinum. He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
Some of his most memorable hits include “Watermelon Crawl,” “The Keeper of the Stars,” “I’m from the Country” and “(Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got.”
Following his 2007 album “Different Things,” Byrd decided to take a break from the recording studio and tour life to spend time with his family in Beaumont.
As always, Byrd is sure to have you dancing in the aisles and then warming your hearts with that marvelous voice that made him a legend.
“We are so excited to be sharing the stage with this hometown Southeast Texas Country artist,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton II.
Concert Sponsor: Capital One Bank
Artist Sponsor: Kinsel Ford
Our choral concert is always a fantastic performance with so many voices and instruments working together in glorious harmony!
Concert Sponsor: Rosine McFaddin Wilson
Artist/Choral Sponsor: Baptist Hospital
Wit, charm, romance, rhythmic verve, and masterly orchestration combine in what many consider to be one of Rachmaninoff’s greatest compositions – his “Paganini Variations.” The orchestra performs this masterwork with the amazing Christopher O’Reilly as our piano soloist. Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s “From the Top.” As a classical pianist, he performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences by performing piano arrangements of popular alternative music from Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and more. His playing has been described as being “laced with an otherworldly elegance that can’t be duplicated.”
On the second half of the concert we have one of the greatest orchestral masterpieces, “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz. This symphony describes the tortured dreams of a sensitive artist in lovesick despair who becomes haunted by visions of an unattainable woman. This will be the first time the SOST has performed “Symphonie Fantastique.”
Concert co-sponsors: Regina Rogers and Symphony League of Beaumont