East Texas Symphony Orchestra announces 2017-2018 season


World-class guest artists, the return of a popular trio, and Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9 will headline East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, Richard Lee, music director and conductor, announced.

During five concerts, the orchestra will present music ranging from classics by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Bruckner to contemporary music by film score composer John Williams, marches John Philip Sousa, and the “Orange Blossom Special.”

“What a season,” Lee said. “As usual, there is something for every taste. I’m very excited about the number of works that will be performed for the first time ever by the ETSO.”

Season tickets are on sale. Subscriptions for all five concerts start at $47. A three-concert package is also available.

October 7th, the season will open with acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The concert will also feature the rarely-heard Helios Overture by Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

November 11th, the Veterans Day concert will be a tribute to those who have served. It will include a performance with East Texas Youth Orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture. John Tyler High School ROTC Honor Guard will make a presentation during John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen” from “Saving Private Ryan.” The tribute will open with Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, and there will be works by Sousa, Debussy, Elgar, and Walton. Ret. Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, vice chancellor of The University of Texas System, will serve as host.

January 20th, 2018, the season will continue with the Dame Evelyn Glennie. Considered to be the foremost percussionist in the world, Glennie is the master of more than 1,000 percussion instruments. She will play American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. The concert will also include Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

March 24th, 2018, a highlight of the season will be the return of “Time for Three.” This trio of classically trained musicians performed with the ETSO in 2015. During the concert, they will present a blend of classical favorites and mash-ups of music by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and The Beatles.

April 28th, 2018, the season will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Choral, which includes the powerful “Ode to Joy” in the last movement. The orchestra will be joined by four soloists, the ETSO Chorus, and the combined UT Tyler Chorus and Patriot Singers. Cameron Rose, director of choirs at The University of Texas at Tyler, will direct the choruses.

For more info or tickets go to etso.org or call (903)526-3876. All subscription series concerts are performed at the University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

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