While the calendar may still be saying summer, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has its eyes – and ears – on its upcoming 2017-2018 season.
Season tickets are now on sale for the public to secure their seats for the HSO’s five-concert series. This season concert’s titles all reflect the mood of each concert: Celebration! on Sept. 9; Brilliance! on Oct. 21; Joy! on Dec. 9; Inspiration! on March 24; and Passion! on April 28.
All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall (there is an additional 3 p.m. matinee for the Dec. 9 concert).
Season ticket prices are: $155 for a single, reserved seat for all five concerts; Gen Y (age 40 or under), $100; and enrolled students, $35. A single, general admission concert ticket is $40. If you are a current season ticket holder, but have not renewed your current seats, the HSO will do all it can to try and get you the best seats available (past-season seats are not guaranteed as the renewal deadline has passed and all non-renewed seats are now available to the public).
“The 2017-2018 season bodes to be a year of exciting symphonic music at its very best,” said Pat Tukey, HSO executive director. “Every season Conductor Thomas Joiner strives to bring something fresh and new from the world of symphonic music to the Hendersonville community. This upcoming concert series is certainly going to uphold that vision.”
Celebration! on Sept. 9 marks the beginning of Joiner’s 20th-anniversary as Music Director and Conductor of the HSO. Both Joiner and his daughter, Dianna, will perform as violin soloists, along with acclaimed Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval and Bluegrass fiddler Andrew Carlson. They will perform violin and fiddle classics paired with orchestral works celebrating their beloved instruments.
Renowned flutist Marianne Gedigian performs as guest artist with the HSO for Brilliance! on Oct. 21. A shimmering repertoire of works by Mozart, Chaminade, Copland and Michael Torke’s “Javelin” from the 1996 Summer Olympic Games will make for an exhilarating evening.
Holiday classics from such composers as Bach, Corelli, Mozart, Vaughan-Williams, and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” will all be wrapped up with a jolly bow on Dec. 9. Guest artist and vocalist Alison Trainer will be performing Exsultate, jubilate by Mozart.
To make sure everyone can enjoy this seasonal highlight, there will be performances at both 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The HSO hails the dawn of spring with Inspiration! on March 24, 2018. Scandinavian genius will be on display with both Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” and Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2.” In addition, the winner of the 2018 Young Artist Competition will perform a concerto movement with the symphony.
Passion! on April 28, 2018 taps the power of classic literature and its influence on classical composers. Guest artist tenor Grant Knox will sing the words of Tennyson, Blake, and Keats and fellow guest artist Anneka Zuehlke-King will perform horn in Benjamin Britten’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings.” In addition, Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3” and Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration” will deliver a rich, multilayered repertoire.
“The Hendersonville area is truly blessed with the cultural asset that is the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra,” said Tukey. “Our professional symphony orchestra adds significantly to the rich tapestry of our mountain home. We invite everyone to be a part of our wonderful 2017-2018 season full of thrilling, transcendent live symphonic music.”
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth and adults.
For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit hendersonvillesyphony.org, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884.