Oct
17
Sat
Art In Music @ Victory Theatre
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Art In Music @ Victory Theatre

ERIC BYERS, CELLO
ROGER KALIA, CONDUCTOR

Ravel  Mother Goose Suite
Shostakovich   Cello Concerto No. 1
Mussorgsky/Ravel   Pictures at an Exhibition

Visual art has inspired a number of composers over the years, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is one of the greatest examples of such inspiration. Featuring musical depictions of 10 paintings by his late friend, Viktor Hartmann, Ravel’s orchestration of this masterpiece showcases the entire orchestra in virtuosic and dramatic fashion. Ravel wrote the stunningly beautiful Mother Goose Suite originally as a piano duet but later revised and expanded it into an orchestrated piece. Here again, Ravel’s mastery of orchestration is apparent in the way he brings these five children’s pieces to life. Cellist Eric Byers will make his EPO debut in a performance of Shostakovich’s intense Cello Concerto No. 1, which is a tour de force for the cello.

CONCERT SPONSOR

Koch Foundation
Mrs. Nancy S. Traylor

GUEST ARTIST SPONSOR
Traylor Bros., Inc.

 

Nov
14
Sat
Piazolla and Brahms @ Victory Theatre
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm
Piazolla and Brahms @ Victory Theatre

ROGER KALIA, CONDUCTOR

Colin Jacobsen/Aghaei   Ascending Bird
Piazzolla   The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Brahms   Symphony No. 4

The EPO is thrilled to present a unique and compelling program that features a warhorse from the repertoire as well as two invigorating 20th century works for the orchestra. The EPO makes its premiere of Colin Jacobsen’s Ascending Bird, a piece that combines inflections of Persian folk song with traditional Western instruments and tells the mythological story of a bird flying toward the sun to achieve spiritual transcendence. The EPO celebrates the 100th anniversary of tango master Astor Piazzolla with a performance of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which includes hints of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The program concludes with Brahms’ towering Symphony No. 4, which is the final symphony of Brahms, a work of great passion and drama with many memorable musical moments.

Jan
16
Sat
Theatricality @ Victory Theatre
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm
Theatricality @ Victory Theatre

TIMOTHY CHOOI, VIOLIN
ROGER KALIA, CONDUCTOR

Beethoven   Violin Concerto
Stravinsky   Petrushka (1947 version)

The EPO combines elements of theater and music in a program featuring masterworks by Beethoven and Stravinsky. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is one of the most famous violin concertos ever composed, and it is a work of great beauty. Meanwhile Stravinsky’s Petrushka is one of his most colorful and exciting scores. Originally composed as a ballet, the work is in four scenes that are set during the last day of carnival season in 1830s Russia. It is one of Stravinsky’s most technically demanding works that features the entire orchestra.

Feb
27
Sat
Mozart’s Final Thoughts @ Victory Theatre
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
Mozart's Final Thoughts @ Victory Theatre

EVANSVILLE PHILHARMONIC CHORUS AND SOLOISTS
ROGER KALIA, CONDUCTOR

Mozart   Overture to The Magic Flute
Mozart   Piano Concerto No. 27
Mozart   Requiem

The EPO presents an all-Mozart program, which features three of his final works, all composed during the last year of his life. The EPO is thrilled to collaborate with the EPO Chorus for Mozart’s immortal Requiem, which is one of the most recognizable and beautiful works for chorus and orchestra in the repertoire. Unfortunately, Mozart died before finishing his Requiem and supposedly wrote instructions for completion on since-lost “little scraps of paper.” The program opens with the Overture to The Magic Flute, which is a work of great joy and celebration. Mozart’s captivating Piano Concerto No. 27 highlights Mozart’s melodic genius, and will delight audiences.

CONCERT & CHORUS SPONSOR: Friends of the Chorus
GUEST ARTIST SPONSOR: William E. Schmidt Foundation

Apr
25
Sun
Triumph and Celebration @ Victory Theatre
Apr 25 @ 4:00 pm
Triumph and Celebration @ Victory Theatre

ROGER KALIA, CONDUCTOR

Dvořák   Carnival Overture
Paul Dooley   Northern Nights
Shostakovich   Symphony No. 5

The EPO concludes their Classics season with a program of triumph and celebration, featuring works by Dvořák, Paul Dooley, and Shostakovich. Dvořák’s Carnival Overture is a virtuosic and celebratory work followed by Paul Dooley’s ambitious electro acoustic percussion concerto Northern Nights. A festival of electronic dance music amid the California redwoods inspired the concerto, and there is a wonderful electronic and symphonic fusion in this engrossing 20-minute work. The EPO concludes the program with Shostakovich’s iconic Fifth Symphony. Shostakovich called the piece “a response to my critics,” as the symphony sprang forth during a time of tremendous oppression and conflict, leaving listeners to wonder whether the piece is a triumphant work of patriotism or a hidden note of subversion.