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    • 25 Oct 2014
    • 7:30 PM
    • Julie Rogers Theatre


       Featuring Ronald White, clarinet

        Boyce: Symphony No. 5
        Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
        Vaughan Williams: 
              Fantasia on Greensleeves
        Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks



    “The British are Coming” on Oct. 25 and offer the opportunity to hear some of the best English melodies ever written -- William Boyce’s Symphony No. 5, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleeves” and George Frideric Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.”  We twist it up with a non-British master – Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” featuring the SOST’s principal clarinetist Ronald White.

    Boyce’s Symphony No. 5 leads off this concert. Boyce was a prolific composer of the 18th century who crafted a number of “mini-symphonies,” or short chamber orchestra symphonies, that are filled with charming melodies.

    The orchestra’s principal clarinetist Ronald White will be featured on Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto.” White has been playing with the SOST for 22 years. He is also the band director at Kelly High School. Read White's complete bio here.

    “Fantasia on Greensleeves” is one of the most famous folk melodies to come from England, and was composed by Williams. The beautiful and haunting arrangement of the memorable themes features harp, flute and strings.

    Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" is a fitting finale to the concert with a grand celebration. Handel, born in Halle, Hamberg in 1685, became a British citizen at the age of 27. His masterpiece-operas, the famous "Messiah" and our featured work "Music for the Royal Fireworks," lauded him as a celebrated British composer, whereas, upon his death was buried in Westminster Abbey. This piece was written as celebration music to mark the end of the War of Austrian Succession.

    Click here for the program notes on this concert.


    Sponsored in part by: 

    Guest artist Ronald White’s appearance made possible by:

    *Join Maestro Tipton for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. from the Julie Rogers Theatre stage. Pre-concert lectures are made possible by a gift from Dr. & Mrs. Russ Schultz. 

    • 07 Dec 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Julie Rogers Theatre

    Our annual Holiday Concert is a joyful celebration of the season featuring popular holiday songs performed in grand style by the orchestra along with a festive carol sing-a-long. “Home for the Holidays” is a great way to begin the yuletide season with family and friends. Our concert features “Sleigh Ride,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” and more favorites that will get you in the holiday spirit. You’ll leave the concert ready to begin your family’s festivities cherished but once a year. The Calder Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church choirs will join us in this joyous performance.


    Co-sponsored by American Valve and Hydrant and

    Dunham-Hallmark, PLLC.



    *This concert is not part of the season subscription package.

    Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.




    • 24 Jan 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Julie Rogers Theatre

    Featuring Michael Boudewyns of "Really Inventive Stuff," narrator

    Glinka: Overture to "Russlan" and "Ludmilla"
    Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
    Brahms: Symphony No. 4

    The third concert in our Classics Series is a story time set to music, which includes a traditional presentation of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and is juxtaposed with a unique, visually translated performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

    “Boys like Peter are not afraid of wolves!” Prokofiev’s timeless musical tale of boy vs. wolf comes roaring to life with the SOST and a vaudeville-inspired performance by actor Michael Boudewyns from theater ensemble Really Inventive Stuff.  The orchestra portrays each character with different instruments -- flutes flutter like a bird, clarinets stalk like a cat, and horns glare like a big hungry wolf.

    Boudewyns has been presenting a playful storytelling with orchestras across the country since 2004. Combining the traditions of vaudeville and classic theatre with a generous sprinkling of child-like enthusiasm, he creates skillful and unique performances for all ages, while keeping the music in the spotlight. Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "immensely like-able" and "using simplicity as a form of genius," this performance is guaranteed to engage and inspire imaginations of all ages.

    We bring the traditional performance of a classic back in with Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Brahms’ final essay in the symphonic form, this piece is a culmination of beauty, lyricism and form. “All pieces to me tell a certain story,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton, II. “You can really hear that story from Brahms in this piece.”

    Mr. Boudewyns’ 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.


    • 21 Feb 2015
    • Julie Rogers Theatre


    Join us on a magical trip to the movies with favorite film music spanning decades.

    "This will be a wonderful trip down memory lane for guests as they hear melodies from those movies they love," said Maestro Chelsea Tipton. "This is a rare opportunity to hear those themes performed by a live orchestra, as well."



    John Williams: “The Cowboys" Overture  

    Arr. Calvin Custer:  Themes from 007

    Henry Mancini:  “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s  

    James Horner, arr. John Moss:  Hollywood Blockbusters

    Danny Elfman:  Music from Spider-Man

    arr. Custer:  Tribute to Henry Mancini

    Robert Wendel:   When TV Was Young

    Bill Conti:   Theme from Rocky

    Pietro Mascagni:  “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana

    Custer :  Star Trek through the Years  

    Williams:   March from 1941

    Horner:  Titanic Suite

    Williams:  Harry’s Wondrous World

    Klaus Badelt, arr. Ted Ricketts:  Pirates of the Caribbean

    Robert Wendel:  Encore:  A Hollywood Salute      


    The Pops concert is sponpored by:


    Visual multimedia made possible in part by:




    • 11 Apr 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Julie Rogers Theatre


        Featuring pianist

         Philippe Bianconi

         and the 

        Symphony of 
         Texas Chorus


    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. 



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