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September 27, 2018

Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra Opens 100th Anniversary Season October 6

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra invites one and all to experience its historic 100th anniversary celebratory season. The October 6th concert is a memorable start to a monumental season for the oldest performing orchestra in the state. Kevin R. McMahon, Music Director and Conductor stated, “Being a part of the 100th Anniversary Season of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra is an honor.”

Kevin Brochure1The program includes music by three composers, Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, and Ottorino Respighi. The music is from France, Germany, and Italy featuring common forms such as overture, concerto, and tone poems. McMahon detailed, “The program opens with Berlioz and his Roman Carnival Overture, probably his most popular of the shorter orchestral works. Next up is Brahms Violin Concerto, conceivably Brahms’ most affectionately regarded work.”

The program closes with two of Respighi’s works, The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome. McMahon explained, “The remembering of Rome, The Eternal City, in music is a nod to the idea of longevity. Although the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra is turning a youngish 100, in the scope of symphonic music in the United States, our orchestra is among the avant garde in reaching 100. And one other interesting fact is, though we are 100 in continuously active years, the orchestra is actually older than 100. As Joe Milicia’s book title aptly states “Wisconsin’s Oldest Orchestra!””

Guest artist, Almond, an internationally acclaimed violinist, holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He continues an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances including appearances with the Ojai Festival, the Nara Academy in Nara, Japan, the Sarasota Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and various solo appearances with orchestras. He has been a member of the chamber group An die Musik in New York City since 1997, and also founded and directs the much-loved and somewhat notorious Frankly Music Chamber Series based in Milwaukee.

Frank AlmondAlmond holds two degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. He has held academic positions at San Diego State University, Texas Christian University, and Northwestern University, and in 2014, joined the faculty of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Also in 2014 he was appointed to a newly created Artist-in-Residence position at the Milwaukee Youth Symphony.

The renowned violinist usually plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1715, the “ex-Lipiński.” In December 2011, Almond appeared in concerts and masterclasses in Poland to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Karol Lipinski performing on his former violin. On January 27, 2014, the “ex-Lipiński” Stradivari was stolen from Almond in an armed robbery after a Frankly Music concert. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story continues to make headlines around the world. Almond is extremely grateful to the Milwaukee Police Department, the FBI, and the thousands of individuals who sent messages of concern and support.

Eighth Notes

1. The concert is Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.

2. Formal reception to follow at The Black Pig (821 N. 8th Street). Includes hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda and dessert. R.S.V.P. by September 25, 2018.

3. Tickets are available for the October 6th concert. Ticket prices are $44, $40, $35 and $20 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.

4. The Interludes Pre-Concert talk begins at 6:30 pm. Frank Almond, guest artist, and Joe Milicia, author of the 100th Anniversary Keepsake Book will be featured speakers. 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 business@sheboygansymphony.org or call 920-452-1985.

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