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.