Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra ready to take a 'musical journey' this season

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Press release courtesy of Pat Tukey, Executive Director of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.

(Hendersonville, North Carolina) - The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is taking you on a musical journey for its 2016-2017 season, and no passport is required. All you need to experience this fantastic symphonic journey is eager ears.

Entering its 45th season, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is presenting five concerts that encompass works from the Great American Songbook and the fiery rhythms of Spain, to the return of a world-class pianist and music that fed foreign nationalist fever, to the 10th anniversary of a heartwarming Christmas collaboration. Add to all this the selection and spotlighting of the HSO’s Young Artist Competition Winner in the spring, and it makes for an exciting, breathless season.

Leading this journey of musical discoveries is Music Director and Conductor Thomas Joiner, in his 19th season. “For this season’s musical journey, we have a literal backpack jam-packed with music treasures,” says Joiner. “Our kick-off concert on Sept. 10 is a delightful mix of music distinctly American, running the gamut from Broadway to the hauntingly beautiful ‘Adagio for Strings,’ by Samuel Barber. With our guest artists Scott and Sarah Whittemore, this concert is an exciting first stop on our musical journey.”

As the weather begins to cool, the Concert Hall at Blue Ridge Community College, only heats up, as the season’s next stop on Oct. 8 is “Iberian Inspiration.” Special guests will be classical and Flamenco guitarist Silviu Ciulei with the Maharajah Flamenco Trio. Ciulei and his trio deliver an exciting, dynamic new expression of traditional Spanish rhythms blended with jazz and world music. The audience will be swept away by the sounds and passion of the dusty and lusty lands of Andalusia.

On Dec. 10, the HSO collaborates once again with the Greenville (SC) Chorale for “A Carolina Christmas,” a beloved celebration of seasonal favorites. This stop on our musical journey is a special stocking stuffer, and tickets to it make a wonderful gift – for you or someone special. Featuring a diverse mix of seasonal music with featured soloists, this concert is always an early sellout.

On March 25, the next stop for the HSO’s journey is France, when Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun,” and excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen” will be performed. Returning for his third performance with the HSO is virtuoso pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, who is continuing HSO’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle, this time performing concerts No. 1 and No. 2.
We complete our musical journey with ‘Nationalistic Fervor’ on April 29. Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dances, Opus 46” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4” each were written by native sons (Dvorak of Czech nationality and Tchaikovsky Russian), who sought to fuel national identity and pride through their work. In addition, the evening will feature a performance by the HSO 2017 Young Artist Competition Winner. The competition is open to young music students throughout Western North Carolina.

“As we enter into our 45th season, we are excited to bring another year of great – and important – music to the people of Hendersonville and the surrounding region,” says Pat Tukey, Executive Director of the HSO. “Our strength and viability as a non-profit performing arts organization is a testament to the past, present and future supporters of this symphony. Our ticket buyers and donors make a meaningful, tangible difference in the cultural fabric of our community. We encourage everyone to take this ‘musical journey’ with us this season.”
Single-seat, single-date tickets are $40 for adults, while a single season ticket to all five concerts is only $155, a savings of $45. Special prices are available for persons under 40 years of age and students. Good seats are still available for all performance dates.

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth and adults.

For more information, visit hendersonvillesyphony.org, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884.