The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra announces that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will begin its 86th season with a “re-imagined” Opening Night concert, entitled “Visionaries Re-Imagined.” Because of mandates limiting attendance to 250 people, there will be three performances of this program at the Victory Theatre--Saturday, September 19 at 7 PM (subscribers only), Sunday, September 20 at 2 PM (subscribers only), and Sunday, September 20 at 7:30 PM (single ticket buyers only).

Social distancing and other safety precautions will be in place in accordance with State of Indiana and the City of Evansville guidelines. Precautions being implemented for the safety of musicians include a shorter concert (45 minutes to one hour with no intermission), reduced Orchestra size (30 musicians), wearing masks on stage, backstage temperature checks, and no sharing of music stands.

For concert attendees, there will be temperature checks (along with security checks--metal detector, clear bag policy--), mandatory mask wearing, open doors to maximize air flow, socially distanced seating assignments. Venuworks staff will be cleaning between each concert, disinfecting lobby, hall, and bathrooms.

The bar will not be open, but ticket holders are encouraged to visit a Main Street restaurant before or after the concert. Bar Louie (7700 Eagle Crest Blvd) will offer patrons a free appetizer with entrée purchase for those with a ticket stub for the weekend’s concerts.

Music Director Roger Kalia has planned a wonderful program to help introduce him as the EPO’s new conductor! The concert opens with a World Premiere Commissioned Fanfare for the EPO and the City of Evansville by composer Paul Dooley. The brass musicians will be performing their parts in the balcony in order to offer a call and response with the onstage strings and percussion. This makes for a unique experience for attendees to have sound coming from behind and from the front of the auditorium.

Next on the program is the joyful and gorgeous J.S. Bach Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055 featuring pianist Sean Chen. “Lyric for Strings” by American composer George Walker will follow. This work is reflective, meditative and very beautiful and the first time for the Orchestra to perform.  George Walker is the first African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Music (1996).  To conclude the concert, the Orchestra will perform Mozart’s soulful Divertimento for Strings, K. 136--a wonderful way to close the program.

To purchase a subscription for the 2020-2021 season or to order single tickets for this concert, please call our ticket office at (812) 425-5050, Ext 300 between 10AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

All student tickets free at the door for the Sunday, 7:30 PM performance!

Concert Sponsor is Crescent, Cresline, Wabash Plastics Foundation and Guest Artist Sponsor is the Martha & Merritt deJong Foundation.


Tuesday, September 15, Roger Kalia will host a live virtual pre-concert talk on the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Facebook page at 7 PM, joined by composer Paul Dooley and Sean Chen.