We’re back in White Concert Hall and your Topeka Symphony Orchestra is ready to dance!
After an unusual year of limited audiences, smaller orchestras, and maybe a lot of time alone on our couches or in front of our screens, it’s time to get back together, get on our feet, and dance! Dance is universal and is an important part of many celebrations and social gatherings. What better way to celebrate a year when we are all gathering again than with a collection of dances from around the world?
This season is full of energetic and upbeat music that was either written for or inspired by dance, and we know it’s going to have us all tapping our toes and itching to dance along. We’ll be treating our audiences to an eclectic orchestral Dance Mix of music from a diverse group of composers. We’ll be playing a variety of selections from very traditional classical ballet like Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Johann Strauss’s Voices of Spring Waltz, to less familiar but just as dance-able pieces like Summerland by William Grant Still and the show-stopping Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez. With pieces ranging from dramatic Flamenco romances to elegant French court minuets, to Cuban and Russian and African and Italian dances, we will hear dance styles from across many cultures and see them emerge in thrilling symphonic forms.
We look forward to seeing you at the dance!
Kyle Wiley Pickett,
Music Director and Conductor