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Welcome to the 69th Season
of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra

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A Great Night for Romance

February 14, 20157:30 pm
White Concert Hall
Washburn University

Griffes: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Ellen Lind
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2

Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest love stories ever told, and we celebrate Valentine’s Day with music and scenes from Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers. We are thrilled to present the TSO’s principal cellist Ellen Lind on Elgar’s passionate and beautiful Cello Concerto, and Griffes‘s tone poem based on Coleridge’s Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan is mystical, lush, and seductive. Our Valentine’s Day concert will be a perfect date night for music lovers!

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Ellen Lind, TSO Principal Cello

Great Sounds

March 14, 20157:30 pm
White Concert Hall
Washburn University

Scarlatti: Concerto Grosso No. 1 in A
De Falla: El amor brujo: Ballet Suite
Ann Marie Snook, Mezzo Soprano
Faure: Pavane
Schubert: Symphony No. 5

Musical greatness can be dainty or dangerous, elegant or exhausting. From the fiery passion of De Falla’s ballet of enchanted lovers to Faure’s stately and wistful court dance, we’ll explore a range of emotions and expressions found in some of the most popular pieces in the symphonic repertoire.

Ann Marie Snook, Mezzo Soprano

Our Great Town

May 2, 20157:30 pm
White Concert Hall
Washburn University

Copland: Our Town
Young Artist Winner
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Our final concert of the year will include a very special project featuring local children’s photographs in a film capturing Topeka’s greatness as seen through the eyes of our youngsters. This will be a remarkable and moving event, set to Copland’s nostalgic Our Town soundtrack, and will be an evening children and adults alike will cherish. We conclude our Season of Greatness with Mussorgsky’s ever-popular and thrilling Pictures at an Exhibition, which finishes with, of course, the Great Gate of Kiev.

Past Concerts:

Great Expectations

September 27, 20147:30 pm
White Concert Hall
Washburn University

Brahms: Violin Concerto
Yevgeny Kutik
Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Don’t miss our season opener, which features one of the greatest romantic violin concertos in the repertoire played by Yevgeny Kutik, a true virtuoso hailed by the New York Times as “electrifying.” We’ll also hear Stravinsky’s delightful suite from the ballet Petrouchka. It’ll be a great kick-off to our Season of Greatness!

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Yevgeny Kutik

Symphony Pops: Salute to Greatness

November 22, 20147:30 pm
White Concert Hall
Washburn University

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Topeka Symphony salutes our Veterans in this concert of music and remembrance dedicated to those who have served our country. We will play patriotic songs, songs of commemoration and mourning, and themes from epic war stories from Hollywood and Broadway. Music has shaped the way we understand our past, honor those who served, and remember those we lost, and it has brought us together as a country in the times we needed it most. Join us in a musical tribute for Veterans Day and a moving night of music to honor our nation’s history.

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Sweets and Suites

December 17, 20147:30 pm
White Concert Hall
Washburn University

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite
Ellington/Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Sweeties
Dancers from the Kansas Ballet Academy Holiday favorites

We bring the ballet greats together with one of the jazz greats for a truly spectacular night of holiday favorites. We’ll play selections from the Nutcracker along with Duke Ellington’s ingenious, whimsical, and fresh jazz interpretation of the Nutcracker for big band in a night of holiday suites and sweets. Dancers from the Kansas Ballet Academy will perform alongside and we’ll conclude with a carol sing for everyone.

Kansas Ballet Academy

Great Masterpieces

January 17, 20157:30 pm
White Concert Hall
Washburn University

Smetana: The Moldau
Piano Concerto No. 3
Beatrice Rana, Van Cliburn Silver Medalist
Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Van Cliburn Silver Medalist and Audience Award Winner Beatrice Rana will join the TSO for Bartok’s stormy and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3. According to Gramophone magazine, “Beatrice possesses an old soul that belies her twenty years, and more than a touch of genius.” The concert will open with Smetana’s evocative symphonic poem, The Moldau, and the TSO will shine as we conclude with Schumann’s glorious 4th Symphony.

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Beatrice Rana

The mission of the Topeka Symphony Society is to encourage and cultivate appreciation and support for fine music in northeast Kansas by presenting performances of high quality and by providing educational and performance opportunities for youth.