The Akron Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 concert season, which features international and local guest artists, and solos by some of the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s finest musicians. Maestro Christopher Wilkins returns to lead the orchestra. Opening Night takes place this Sunday, September 15 at 7:30 pm and features Levi Hammer performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25.
Highlights of the season include a celebration of the Akron Symphony’s 40th anniversary at EJ Thomas Hall with a collaborative concert that takes place almost 40 years to the day of the orchestra’s first concert at the hall (October 12, 2013); a performance of Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5 (April 12, 2014); Martina Filjak playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (October 26, 2013); Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (January 11, 2014); and a patriotic Pops program honoring the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces (November 9, 2013).
“This season we celebrate our history, our future, and the people who make it possible for us to perform great music year after year,” said Maestro Christopher Wilkins. “It’s also about creating deeper connections between the audience, the artists, the community and the symphony.”
Another highlight of the season is the Akron Symphony’s first staged production of a play, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (March 8, 2014). Craig Joseph who directed Titanic: The Musical in 2012, returns to direct this production featuring the Summit Children’s Choir, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet and actors from Northeast Ohio.
The Akron Symphony Chorus, led by Maria Sensi Sellner, will perform alongside the orchestra during Beethoven and Rossini (April 12, 2014). The chorus will also take part in the Pops concert, A Salute to Those Who Serve, on Veteran’s Day weekend (November 9, 2013). Sellner will conduct the orchestra and chorus for the Akron tradition, Holiday Pops (December 20, 2013), and will lead the chorus during its standalone concert, Magnificat (May 18, 2014).
Another not-to-miss concert is The Music of John Denver (April 25, 2014). The Akron Symphony Orchestra, Jim Curry and his band will perform greatest hits by country-folk singer-songwriter, John Denver with original orchestrations commissioned by John Denver for symphony performance. Gospel Meets Symphony returns (February 15, 2014) with some of the world’s most inspiring gospel and classical music. The season closes when the orchestra brings Babar the Elephant to life atConcerts for Kids, during the first two weeks in May in various community venues.
The excitement begins on Opening Night with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, Nelson’s Savannah River Holiday and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 performed by pianist Levi Hammer.
Tickets are on sale. Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased through the Akron Symphony ticket office in person or by phone (330-535-8131), online atwww.akronsymphony.org, or through the EJ Thomas Hall box office (330-972-7570). New season ticket buyers can save 50% on Classics and Pops Series packages. Pro-rated packages are available after Opening Night.