The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra offers Literature in Music for their October Classics at the Victory Theatre Saturday, October 16 at 7 PM, featuring sopranos Andrea Drury and Tiffany Choe; joined by the Evansville Civic Theatre and Kevin Roach, Managing Artistic Director.

Music Director Roger Kalia brings to life the ancient Persian parable of spiritual transcendence with the intoxicating, whirling Ascending Bird, co-written by American composer Colin Jacobsen and Persian composer Siamak Aghaei. The second work on the program is the unique semi-staged production of Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in collaboration with the Evansville Civic Theatre. Mendelssohn's score embodies the mischief and magic of Shakespeare's classic tale. Audience members will recognize melodies such as the “Overture,” “Nocturne,” and the “Wedding March.”

Andrea Drury is currently the conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Before settling in Evansville, Mrs. Drury sang with orchestras and opera companies across the United States. Her operatic roles have included Mimi from La Boheme, Violetta from La Traviata, Antonia from Les Contes D’Hoffman and La Ciesca and Nella from Gianni Schicchi. She has performed with Amarillo Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Columbus, Brevard Music Center, Kentucky Opera and Opera North. Mrs. Drury has performed as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus as well as the Evansville Bach Singers. She has had a strong choral tradition and has had the privilege to sing under such renowned conductors as Robert Shaw, Paul Salamunovich, Rene Clausen, Elmer Isler, Donald Bailey, Robert Young and Hillary Appfelstadt. She is also the conductor of the Trinity United Methodist Chancel Choir.

Tiffany Choe is originally from Orange County, California. She is pursuing a master’s degree as a soprano under the tutelage of Heidi Grant Murphy. Choe has been featured in IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater productions as Laoula (L’Étoile), Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Rosalia (WestSide Story). She has also sung in several Opera Theater choruses. Last summer, she was an apprentice at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and won an Encouragement Award at the Southeast Met National Council Auditions earlier this year.

Evansville Civic Theatre
The Evansville Civic Theatre serves to enhance and enrich the Evansville community by cultivating an appreciation for the performing arts and providing an outlet for self-expression and education through high quality entertainment. Evansville Civic Theatre Artistic Director Kevin Roach studied at Indiana University and serves as Stage Director and Drama Coach at Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy.

Concert Sponsors are Phil and Linda Palmer Fassett and Dr. Marcus Obeius and Mrs. Kelsi Pitylak.
Chorus Sponsor is Friends of the Chorus.

Masks are required at the Victory Theatre at this time. Social distancing is only available in certain sections and can be requested.

Purchase adult tickets at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org or call the EPO Ticket Office at (812) 425-5050, Ext 300. For questions and purchases, the box office is available between 10 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Children ages 0 – 6 are free and all full-time students can attend this season’s concerts free (while available) and receive the free ticket by calling the EPO Ticket Office or picking up the ticket at the door. $15 and $20 tickets are available for age 18-39 attendees with free membership to CLUB 18│39 at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org/club1839/. Discounted tickets are also available for seniors and military by calling the EPO Ticket Office.

Roger Kalia will host a free Symphony Happy Hour at Haynie's Corner Brewing Company, located at 56 Adams Street, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13. This pre-concert discussion is for anyone who would like to know more about the two works being performed, "Ascending Bird" by Colin Jacobsen/Siamak Aghaei and Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Roger will offer interesting and unique information, both historically and musically, about each work being performed during the concert and converse with guest musicians, including the Eykamp String Quartet, Ross Erickson, plus author Josh Britton will join the discussion. While participating with this discussion, enjoy food and drink with the patrons of the EPO!