The Evansville Philharmonic will perform their "Classics Finale" concert for the 2021-22 Season on Sunday, April 25 at the Victory Theatre beginning at 4:00 PM. There will be a pre-concert Indian classical performance and instrument demonstration at 3:15 – 3:40 PM on the Victory Theatre stage for anyone to attend with in-person tickets.

The Classics season closes with a diverse program featuring music and musical influences from around the world. The program balances one of the most famous symphonies, Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” with works by composers, whose works blend popular and classical elements. The Suite from Maria de Buenos Aires, arranged for brass quintet and percussion, is quintessentially Piazzolla—a blend of jazz, tango, and counterpoint in a style he called nuevo tango, while Reena Esmail’s Teen Murti presents three musical tableaux, each based on a Hindustani melodic tradition. The evening also features Soprano Virginia Mims performing the Aria (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Brazilian composer, and conductor Villa-Lobos.

Virginia Mims is an emerging American Soprano pursuing a career in classical performance. Her recent performance highlights include operatic and music-theater roles such as Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko (Vaness Opera Workshop), Cleopatra in Händel’s Giulio Cesare (IU Opera Theater), Susanna in
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Brevard Music Center), Mary Bailey in Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life (IU Opera Theater), and Marian Paroo in The Music Man (IU Opera Theater).

Growing up in a musical family, Virginia has a deep appreciation for all genres of music but claims her passion in the classical realm. She began to sing at a young age with hymns and songs at church. Once she was accepted to sing in the professional octet there, she was also asked to sing in the professional
chorus of Palm Beach Opera during their 2013-2015 seasons while she was attending Dreyfoos High School for the Arts. She received a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she is an Associate Instructor teaching in masterclass format and private
voice lessons. As a performer, she realizes the importance of teaching younger generations and instilling a love of performance through an enthusiastic teaching style.

In-person and livestream tickets are available online at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org or by calling the EPO ticket office at (812) 425-5050 between 10 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Concert Sponsor is D-Patrick Automobile Dealerships and Guest Artist Sponsor is William E. Schmidt Foundation.

Roger Kalia will host “In Depth with Roger Kalia,” a Zoom pre-concert discussion with oboist Anish Pandit and cellist Graham Cullen on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 PM. Roger will provide interesting and unique facts about the works as well as different musical aspects to listen for. People signed into Facebook can ask questions and add their comments. The registration link to join the discussion will be promoted on social media and with an Evansville Philharmonic Enews to patrons.

Following the April 25 concert at 5:45 PM, join us for a post-concert Q & A with Roger Kalia, Virginia Mims, and a few EPO musicians – a virtual wrap up Zoom experience! You can come over to Bru Burger after the concert or watch virtually from wherever you are, asking questions and sharing comments
about the concert. The Zoom link will be promoted by social media and by our Enews newsletter to tri-state patrons. For questions, call (812) 425.5050, Ext 311.