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Abilene Philharmonic 2014-2015 Season

By Floyd Miller



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 2, 2014CONTACTCatherine Lansdowne, Executive Director 677-6710info@abilenephilharmonic.orgAbilene Philharmonic2014-2015 SeasonThe Abilene Philharmonic’s 64th season is Music Director and Conductor David Itkin’s 10th anniversary year. Highlights for the Masterworks series include a premiere, David conducting while playing harpsichord, an up and coming cellist, and all three local university choirs joining together for Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” For the Pops series: a multi-talented star singing favorite carols and some of rock’s biggest hits from the past 50 years, as well as a complete Charlie Chaplin movie shown in the Paramount with the orchestra playing the soundtrack on stage. The special concert showcases the entire Puckett family together on piano. Subscription tickets are on sale now and single tickets will go on sale September 2.ConcertsSaturday, September 20Masterworks I—Percussion and Premiere Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.BRAHMS Symphony No. 1FORD Stubernic FantasyTSCHAIKOVSKY 1812 OvertureMark Ford, Paul Rennick, and Brian Zator, MarimbaThis will be the U.S. orchestral premiere of Mark Ford’s Stubernic Fantasy. The piece is inspired by Latin American towns where the marimba is an orchestra in itself and all the musicians in town gather around playing it at the same time. Ford’s music is all newly composed and carefully choreographed for three players on one marimba. Brahms’ magisterial first symphony is sometimes called “Beethoven’s 10th.” The 1812 Overture, a musical depiction of battle, is one of the most popular pieces of one the most popular classical composers.Saturday, October 25 Masterworks II – Bachtoberfest Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F majorJ.S. BACH Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minorC.P.E. BACH Symphony No. 5 in B minorJ.S. BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D majorBach’s music was a game-changer. To over-simplify, before Bach’s time, composers wrote lines of music and, often, whatever instrument was available played them. Bach wrote for “obbligato” instruments, specifying on the music that a particular instrument should be used. Bach’s combinations of instruments in the Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites are considered by some to be the origin of what we now consider a symphony. Music Director David Itkin will lead the orchestra from the harpsichord. The Philharmonic’s principal flutist Joanna Martin will be featured.Saturday, December 6Pops I – Holiday Pops with Ben Utecht Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.3:00 p.m. Holiday Pops Family Matinee Ben Utecht, vocalistFormer tight end from the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts Ben Utecht sings holiday favorites including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Abilene High’s Pure Gold show choir will be featured.Saturday, January 31Masterworks III – Virtuosic and Romantic Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.RAVEL BoleroLALO Cello ConcertoRACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 Christine Lamprea, celloExpect to see Ravel’s orchestration masterpiece, Bolero, with one melody that slowly grows to a peak – the musicians will appear on stage only as they begin to play, making for a visual, as well as sonic, climax. When Hollywood makes a music movie, it’s a good bet Rachmaninoff will figure in the plot or soundtrack and the second symphony is a perfect example of Rachmaninoff’s enduring, romantic work. Christine Lamprea won the Sphinx Competition in 2013 and has already been noted for her “supreme panache” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer.Saturday, February 21Pops II – 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.Rock instrumentalists and singers join the orchestra for hits including Glenn Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” The Police’s “Synchronicity II,” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Singers for the show are David Blamires, who was a member of the Pat Metheny Group from 1986-1997; Kathryn Rose who has worked with Barenaked Ladies, Patti Labelle, and Sarah MacLachlan; Neil Donell, who has sung with Anne Murray and Rush, and Rique Franks who sang on David Clayton Thomas 2010 album and worked with writers for Leanne Rimes and Pat Bentar.Saturday, March 28Special Concert – Pucketts at the Pianos The Historic Paramount Theatre7:30 p.m.Abilene’s “first family” of piano, Mark, Lauren and Halle Puckett present an evening of eclectic styles of music at multiple pianos – classical and popular compositions and arrangements for solo, duo or trio.Saturday, April 18 Masterworks IV – Beethoven 9 Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 Carol Wilson, SopranoLynnette Chambers, Mezzo-Soprano Sam Cook, TenorStephen Morscheck, BassAbilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, and McMurry University Choirs The choral symphony that is the masterpiece of one the greatest music masters of all time.Saturday, May 2Pops III – Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush The Historic Paramount Theatre 7:30 p.m.Extra 2:00 p.m. matineeCharlie Chaplin The Gold Rush Presented in collaboration with the Historic Paramount Theatre. Charlie Chaplin sketched out the music to his silent films and felt that the music was an essential character. Often the music is especially serious when the little tramp is at his silliest, the music playing the straight man to the comedian. This adaptation of Chaplin’s score, using each instrument to the best effect, is by Timothy Brock. The GoldRush was Charlie Chaplin’s favorite film, and it is full of adventure, fantastic characters, and legendary comedic moments. The Gold Rush © Roy Export S.A.S Music for The Gold Rush Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment and Bourne Co. All rights reservedTickets and PricingSubscription tickets are on sale now and provide a substantial cost savings over single tickets. Single Tickets will go on sale September 2. Single ticket prices for the 2014-2015 season are $18, $21, $24,$29, and $42. Full season subscriptions that include the seven orchestra concerts are priced from $109 to $251. The four-concert Masterworks subscription ranges from $66 to $152. The three-concert Pops subscription ranges from $50 to $116. Tickets to the Special Concert with the Pucketts are $30 and$40. The Holiday Pops Family Matinee will be general admission and have lower prices to welcome families. The matinee for the Charlie Chaplin movie at the Paramount will be sold at the single ticket prices listed. Subscription tickets are available for purchase by phone at 325-677-6710 or in person at 401 Cypress Street, Suite 520.Guild BallThe Abilene Philharmonic Guild is planning the details for its Gold Medallion Ball, which will be on February 7, 2015.###

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