The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Around the World: A Global Journey of Music & Dance” on Saturday, November 14 at 7 PM (Sold Out) and Sunday, November 15 at 2 PM (Seats Available) at the Victory Theatre. This re-imagined concert explores the journey of music and dance. The program begins with Jessica Meyer’s Go Big or Go Home, a work with hints of funk, bluegrass, Latin and moments of improvisation, followed by Wojciech Kilar's Orawa, composed for a chamber string orchestra and inspired by highland folklore. Darius Milhaud’s, La Création du monde, is next with music outlining the creation of the world, based on African folk mythology.

During the concert, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of tango master Astor Piazzolla, with two of his works, Libertango, featuring the EPO Woodwind Quintet (Leanne Hampton, flute; Elizabeth Robertson, oboe; Emily Cook, clarinet, Eve Parsons, bassoon; and Emily Britton, horn). Written while Piazzolla was living in Rome, this selection is one of the most well-known of his works. Piazzolla, born in Argentina to Italian parents and raised in New York City, is known for having pioneered nuevo tango, or new tango, which incorporates diverse musical elements. Dancers Erin Lewis and Jonah Schneider, coaches for Mad Hot Ballroom Dancers, will join the musicians on stage dancing the Tango as Piazzolla’s sultry music is being played.

Alan Snow, Concertmaster of the Orchestra, is the featured soloist for the other Piazzolla work, “Spring” and “Summer” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. In this piece, we hear Piazzolla’s love of 18th-century works and modern jazz masterpieces, both styles in which improvisation is essential.

Alan Snow was appointed Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, is the featured and first violin of the Eykamp String Quartet at University of Evansville in June of 2018. Since his performance with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Alan has performed solo and chamber works internationally, including appearances at Chicago’s Symphony Center, London Symphony Orchestra St. Luke’s, la Sala Manuel M. Ponce in Mexico City, and others. Alan has performed under the baton of esteemed conductors such as John Williams, James Gaffigan, Stéphane Denève, Sir Simon Rattle, and Gustavo Dudamel.

A Chicago native, Alan participated at Midwest Young Artists for nine years, where he received intensive orchestral and chamber training. He studied with Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University under Sibbi Bernhardsson of the Pacifica Quartet and Alexander Kerr, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Mad Hot Ballroom Dancers’ professional coaches are Erin Lewis, interim executive director for UE’s Center for Innovation & Change, and Jonah Schneider, the Top Latin Teacher at the 2016 Fred Astaire World Championships. Lewis is a competitive ballroom dancer, having trained with Schneider, her coach, since 2005. Schneider is an accomplished professional, whose accolades include World Professional Open American Rhythm Finalist, World Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Champion, U.S. Professional American Rising Star Vice-Champion, Fred Astaire Professional Open American Rhythm Vice-Champion, and Multiple time Fred Astaire Professional Open American Rhythm Finalist. Anyone interested in taking lessons or getting involved with the program should contact Erin at [email protected], or text 812-449-1044. Private and group lessons available, as well as social and wedding / event dances.

Social distancing and other safety precautions will be in place in accordance with State of Indiana and the City of Evansville guidelines. There will be temperature checks, mandatory mask wearing, doors open to maximize air flow, socially distanced seating assignments, and cleaning between concerts.

To purchase a subscription for the 2020-2021 season or to order Sunday, November 15 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, 2 PM performance!

Bar Louie (7700 Eagle Crest Blvd) will offer patrons, on November 14 and November 15, a free appetizer with entrée purchase for those with a ticket for the weekend’s concerts.

Guest Artist Sponsor is Anonymous.

Tuesday, November 10, Roger Kalia will host a live virtual pre-concert talk on the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Facebook page at 7:30 PM, joined by guest artist Alan Snow.

Prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances (6:15 pm Saturday and 1:15 pm Sunday), the University of Evansville’s Mad Hot Ballroom dancers, August Martinez and Joseph Shoup will demonstrate the Tango. Coaches, Erin Lewis and Jonah Schneider will give the history of the Tango, demonstrate the tango, and invite a few members of the audience to the stage to learn the basics of the dance.