Orchestra performance celebrates local history
SHEBOYGAN – The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra will open its 98th season with a concert at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts celebrating the tradition of classical music and its own local history.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.
Kevin McMahon, who is entering his seventh season as music director and conductor of the SSO, said the program reminds him of the many memories he has created and continues to create since arriving in Sheboygan.
“I remember how drawn I am to Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, and the Weill Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the many members of our symphonic family and those in our audience,” said McMahon. “These passions for people and places are among the reasons our season opener is called Sheboygan Traditions.”
The concert opens with Beethoven’s Léonore Overture No. 3, followed by Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 with Ronald Beitel as soloist. After the intermission, the SSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. McMahon said the lineup will appeal to novices and seasoned connoisseurs alike.
“For those new to concerts, the programming regime is no better than music performed by Beethoven, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky,” McMahon said. “For those who travel to attend concerts, you already know that these pieces are among the greatest artistic treasures; both moving and entertaining for audiences around the world.
This is at least the third time that Beethoven and Tchaikovsky have been programmed by the SSO, which testifies to their popularity.
“As a Music Director, I always strive to include concerts that include traditional orchestral fare, while also bringing new artists and repertoire to town,” McMahon said.
Beitel will make his orchestral debut, and Strauss’s concerto debuts in an SSO program. Beitel is an active soloist, chamber music artist and horn class clinician. He has performed with the National Arts Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Vivaldi by Candlelight Orchestra in Salt Lake City. For the past 29 years, his musical career as an orchestral artist has included positions with the Utah Symphony for 18 years, the San Antonio for nine years, and the Memphis Symphony and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra for one season. each.
Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2016-2017 season.
- Ticket prices for the full concert series range from $ 110 to $ 160
- The mini-series, which includes three of the five concerts in the regular season, costs between $ 72 and $ 102. Tickets for the full season and mini-series are only available through the Symphony Office.
- Individual concert tickets range from $ 30, $ 35, $ 39, and $ 15 for students.
- Student season passes are available for $ 45 / full season and $ 30 / mini series.
- The price of tickets for the Messiah concert is $ 25, students are $ 15
Tickets are available at the symphonic office at 920-452-1985 or at the Weill Center ticket office in 920-208-3243. Tickets are also available at the box office two hours before the concert. For more information on our season, please visit the SSO website at http://sheboygansymphony.org