The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 86th Season offering the community a new music director, a wide range of concerts including master composers and important composers of our time, and the introduction of a commissioned work for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

This season begins a new era with a season-opening concert conducted under the baton of Roger Kalia in his first symphonic performance as the EPO’s new Music Director. Opening Night, on September 19, begins with a world premiere of a commissioned fanfare by acclaimed composer Paul Dooley that celebrates the EPO and the city of Evansville. Pianist Sean Chen will dazzle audiences with his astonishing technique and artistry in Mendelssohn’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 1. The program concludes with Mahler’s monumental First Symphony, which is one of the most triumphant works in the repertoire.

Visual art has inspired a number of composers over the years, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is one of the greatest examples of such inspiration. The EPO celebrates the 100th anniversary of tango master, Astor Piazzolla, with a performance of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which includes hints of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The EPO combine elements of theater and music in a program featuring Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, one of his most colorful and exciting scores.

In February the EPO presents an all-Mozart program, which features three of his final works, all composed during the last year of his life and concludes the Classics Season with a program of triumph and celebration featuring works by Dvořák, Paul Dooley, and Shostakovich.

The EPO is thrilled to open the Pops Season on September 27, with a performance to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, which includes a number of musical
selections by American composers such as John Philip Sousa and John Williams, among others.

We also look forward to partnering with the Evansville Symphony Band and River Brass for this celebratory concert.
The Orchestra shares the stage in October with a 1920s Prohibition program which will include music by George Gershwin and Cole Porter, among others. For our annual Peppermint Pops program, we bring “A Tristate Christmas” to the Victory Theatre, which will feature a number of local collaborations with performers from throughout the Tristate area.

The rescheduled “The Envelope Please” concert takes place in February with an evening of Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winning songs. The music of Disney’s Fantasia is iconic, and the EPO is excited to present a concert of Disney favorites in March! We will conclude our Pops Season in an interactive and engaging program of magic and fantasy. The orchestra will perform selections from John Williams’ Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone as well as music from the television hit Game of Thrones. It is sure to be a magical night of amazing music!

Music Director Roger Kalia states, “I am thrilled to begin my inaugural season as Music Director of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and to be part of this remarkable orchestra’s legacy and its commitment to the community. For 86 years we have been a positive and engaging force in the tristate area, sharing the power and uplifting spirit of live symphonic music. My wife Christine and I look forward to immersing ourselves in the community and to the many memorable and inspiring concerts in the years to come.”

About the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra:
Under the leadership of Music Director Roger Kalia, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has become the largest non-profit performing arts institution in the Tri-State area with a commitment to artistic excellence, diverse and creative programming inside and outside its historic Victory Theatre home, its engagement with communities throughout the state of Indiana and its ambitious approaches to music education, performance and collaboration. In the decades since its founding in 1934, the EPO has presented a range of classical, pops, family and holiday programming to thousands of people each year.

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The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra acknowledges the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 health crisis and though we are announcing the full list of performances for the 2020-21 season and hope the season will proceed without interruption, the Orchestra is prepared to respond to all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the City of Evansville, should circumstances necessitate changes to its performance schedule or to its current health and safety policies.