WILMINGTON - The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce its 2015-16 Masterworks Series Concert Season, “Classic Symphonies”. This 44th concert season is both welcoming and rewarding for audience members with something for everyone, including great works by composers such as Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Sibelius, Ives, and Bernstein. The 2015-16 concert season is sponsored by Reeds Jewelers. Individual tickets go on sale August 1st at the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office. Concerts are held on Saturday evenings at a new time of 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss Opening Night on September 26, which begins with C.P.E. Bach’s post-baroque Symphony in D from 1775 and ends with Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, which premiered a century later and endures as the greatest First Symphony ever written.
In October, violinist Fabian Lopez joins the Wilmington Symphony for Prokofiev’s energetic Violin Concerto No. 2, the best known and loved of Prokofiev’s violin works. Also on the concert is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pathetique”) which he conducted nine days before his untimely death. He termed the work “the best thing I have composed.”
November brings Mozart’s Symphony No. 28, composed in his teens, which radiates an aura of fully formed genius. Audience members will also hear Paul Hindemith’s masterful Symphony: Mathis der Mahler (Matthias the Painter) drawn from his opera about an artist caught in the world of politics. Then tubist Daniel Johnson brings out the heavy metal for Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto – one of the composer’s most popular works and essential repertoire for professional tubists.
Jean Sibelius’ life-affirming Symphony No. 5 headlines the February concert. The breathtaking beginning of the last movement was reportedly inspired by the sight of sixteen swans taking flight I his homeland of Finland. Also featured on the concert will be the winners of the Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition.
In April, a spectacular finish to a season of symphonies, the concert includes Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, a colorful early work brimming with American tunes.
Single tickets are $25-$27 (plus tax) for adults and $6 (plus tax) for students and are available by contacting the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office by calling 910-962-3500 or 800-732-3643. Season Subscriptions are also available at $123 (includes tax) and $107 (plus tax), and $32 (plus tax) for students and youth under 17. The Wilmington Symphony concerts are performed at Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
“Symphony- it’s a word that both describes what we are and what we’re playing on our Masterworks Series next year: a season of Classic Symphonies.”
~ Steven Errante, conductor
For more information, please contact:
Nicole Thompson, Marketing & Development Assistant