The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, in its second season under the innovative leadership of Music Director Roger Kalia, will announce the Orchestra’s much-anticipated 2021-2022 Season on Thursday, June 17 at 1 PM (CT) in front of the Victory Theatre at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets. Excited to celebrate its 87th year with the Tri-State community, the season offers an amazing array of music including Classics and Pops Series, New Traditions Diversity Series, and the new Bourbon Series, plus special community events and educational outreach programs.

2021-2022 Season Highlights:

The Classics Series features beloved works of the symphonic repertoire, brand new compositions, world-renowned soloists, and the exceptional artistry of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

September 25, 2021 – American Visionaries opens the season with River City Re-Awakened, a world premiere, especially for the EPO written by Paul Dooley. Opening night continues with two of the most popular works for symphony orchestra, Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story and Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue featuring pianist Fei-Fei Dong--one of today’s most promising rising stars.

October 16, 2021 – Literature In Music brings the intoxicating, whirling Ascending Bird, co-written by American composer Colin Jacobsen and Persian composer Siamak Aghaei. based on an ancient Persian parable of spiritual transcendence. The mischief, mythical fairies, and innocent lovers that Shakespeare brought to life in his A Midsummer Night’s Dream are magically portrayed through Mendelssohn’s “incidental” music , a semi-staged version, complete with props, lighting, costumes, and actors.

November 14, 2021 – Famous Love Stories: Porgy & Bess and Romeo & Juliet offers two legendary and powerful love stories in one incredible night! Prokofiev’s electrifying and luscious music from Romeo & Juliet fuses with Gershwin’s poignant and quintessentially American Porgy & Bess to create an evening of sweeping emotion and drama. These two radically different works were surprisingly written in the same year!

January 22, 2022 – Mozart, Beethoven & Honegger presents an evening of popular masterworks including Arthur Honegger’s musical impression of a peaceful early morning in the Swiss alps with Pastorale d’eté. Internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi takes center stage to perform Mozart’s majestic Violin Concerto No. 5 and the evening ends with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

April 30, 2022 – Mahler’s “Titan” is a monumental work written for an enormous orchestra. Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (known as the “Titan”) is one of the most impressive and audacious first symphonies ever written. The composer’s meshing of traditional and modernist ideas makes the piece particularly innovative with his use of bird calls and off-stage trumpets.

The Pops Series brings the very best in popular entertainment to the Evansville area. Incredible artists, exciting film music, tributes to larger-than-life icons of the past, and holiday traditions all fit perfectly in this crowd-pleasing series along with special guests.

October 3, 2021 – Broadway’s Back takes place at the Victory Theatre since Broadway shows will raise their curtains this fall. The EPO takes their cue and welcomes theatregoers to hear hits from Hamilton, Wicked, Rent, Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, Lion King, Jersey Boys, and more with tenor and Evansville native Luther Lewis.

December 4 and 5, 2021 – A Jazzy Tri-State Christmas enjoys various old school jazz styles with original, popular and memorable holiday songs. Feel the swing as the ”Big Band” Orchestra plays Welcome Home, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Once Again It’s Christmas Time This Year and more, plus selections from both Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker.

February 13, 2022 –Nothin’ But The Blues! explores the early music that started it all and pays tribute to the first musical legends who sang their way into history including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong and more. Featured soloist Shayna Steele joins the EPO for an exciting evening of songs that influenced artists like Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and includes songs St. Louis Blues, House of The Rising Sun, Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out, and Baby Won’t You Please Come Home.

March 19, 2022 – “Maestro of The Movies: Celebrating 90 Years with John Williams” brings your favorite John Williams film scores to life to celebrate his 90th Birthday. From Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Catch Me if You Can, and Born on the 4th of July, to Schindler’s List, Minority Report, Hook, Superman, and Jaws, hear iconic pop culture movie themes of the past 60 years.

April 2, 2022 – Pops Finale with Special Guest

The Bourbon Series will feature EPO musicians and Maestro Kalia performing a variety of repertoire in non-traditional venues throughout the Tri-State. Maestro Kalia will curate innovative chamber orchestra programs that pair bourbon tastings with an intimate musical experience. (Age 21 and over)

October 21, 2021 – “Musician Spotlight” takes place at Dusty Barn Distillery with bourbon tasting and music,
March 24, 2022 – “Jazz Night” will be held at the Evansville Country Club includes a meal, bourbon tasting, and music.
May 26, 2022 – “New Perspectives” (location TBD) includes bourbon tasting, food trucks, and cash bar.

Special Events find the EPO bringing favorites to the Victory Theatre, as well as tri-state venues:

November 20, 2021 – Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Fall Concert at the Victory Theatre
December 4, 2021 – Bunny Bread Express brings a one-hour children’s holiday matinee to the Victory Theatre.
December 17, 2021 – Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight at Trinity United Methodist Church
December 18, 2021 – Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight at Jasper Fine Arts Center
April 24, 2022 – Spring Choral Concert (location TBD)
May 7, 2022 – Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Spring Concert at the Victory Theatre
May 14, 2022 – Turandot will bring Alfred Savia back to the Victory stage with critically acclaimed soprano Othalie Graham.

Music Director Roger Kalia states, “The idea of being together and community is at the core of this very special season. The past year had its challenges, but I am so proud that we were able to keep the music alive and provide a sense of healing for our musicians and community. I am already counting down the days until our Opening Night concert and welcoming back our dedicated and loyal EPO audience in the Victory Theatre. It is going to be a night to remember! “

Subscriptions to our concert packages will be available for renewal by July 6, 2021, by calling the ticket office at (812) 425-5050, Ext 300. New Subscriptions will be available on July 19, 2021, at 10 AM in person or by calling the ticket office. Single tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and can be purchased online, in person or by calling the ticket office.