SSO midwinter concert features local connection

The Sheboygan Symphony’s Feb. 3 concert will spotlight the local connection to a popular composer.

The Sheboygan Symphony invites all to its midwinter con- cert which will touch upon nature in all its beauty and feature a local connection to a contemporary composer.

Music Director Kevin Mc- Mahon stated, “Opening the concert is Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freisch├╝tz Overture, a work breathing the fresh, fragrant air of German Forests. Following this we will present Franz Joseph Haydn’s popular and well-known Symphony 94. The work is known as the “Surprise” Symphony.”

McMahon continued, “American composer Christopher Theofanidis visited Sheboygan in 2003 for a performance of his Rainbow Body. The composer wrote to the orchestra asking if we would consider a reprise of the work, and happily, we are presenting the work this concert season. The title refers to ideas of light and energy in Tibetan Buddhism. The work is based on a hymn by mystic Christian composer Hildegard von Bingen. She lived from 1098-1179.”

Theofanidis has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies, among many others. He has also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-7 season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang.

The concert closes with one of the great orchestral works, Claude Debussy’s La Mer, Debussy’s impressionistic view of the sea.

The concert is Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available for the concert. Ticket prices are $39, $35, $30 and $15 for students. Please call the Weill Center Office at (920) 208- 3243. Tickets are also available in the box office two hours prior to concert.

The Interludes Pre-Concert talk begins at 6:30 p.m. It is a free event for concert ticket holders. Space is limited, and an R.S.V.P is required. For more information contact us at or call 920-452-1985.

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