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July 28, 2017

The Sheboygan Symphony Raises the Curtain on the 99th Season

Kevin Brochure1From the moment Kevin McMahon, SSO Director & Conductor, raises his baton at the first concert on October 7, 2017, the 99th Season promises to be a year to remember. The Stefanie H. Weill Center will reverberate with thunderous fortissimos, echo classical trills and showcase the clear voices of the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus. An exhilarating mix of majestic music will move patrons as they enjoy many traditional classics as well as compositions new to orchestra and audience, including the US Premier of Paus’ Timpani Concerto.

The Sheboygan Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Fabian Qamar, will perform great choral and orchestral repertoire with an exciting Christmas Treasures concert, as well as presenting two first-rate works by Johannes Brahms.Fabian Qamar august 2015 093

McMahon stated, “Our 99th Season will offer a wide variety that is sure to have something for everyone. It is filled with traditional music by W. A. Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Brahms, Humperdinck, Vaughan Williams, Weber, F. J. Haydn, Schumann, Debussy, Smetana, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mahler. Other musical fare includes favorites from The Nutcracker, John Rutter, Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, and Leroy Anderson.  Expect some surprise encores through the season.”

McMahon added, “We are also presenting works on the more recent side of musical composition such as: music of Wisconsin composer Scott Gendel, other American composers Hovhaness, Foss, and Theofanidis, as well as the US premiere of the 2015 Timpani Concerto of Norwegian composer Marcus Paus.”

Featured guest artists for the 2017-2018 Season include the SSO’s principal cellist Jichen Li, Southern Methodist University professor Chee-Yun Kim, Atlanta Symphony principal cellist Christopher Rex, National Symphony principal timpanist Jauvon Gilliam, and Juilliard flute professor Carol Wincenc.  

Beyond the subscription concert series, the SSO will present the Christmas Treasures Concert, a Symphony and community tradition. This year the Symphony is also presenting two new concerts that will be fun for all; a family “tailgating” event and another geared for preschool to third graders. “What an amazing lineup of music, guest artists and concerts. Onward and upward we go, toward the 100th Anniversary,” added McMahon.

List of Concerts:

Tailgating with a Twist

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Join the SSO for a tailgate party before the big game. This informal musical event, featuring iconic sports themes and sports movie themes, will be fun for newcomers and established symphony enthusiasts.


Jichen LiMozart & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, October 7, 2017
The season opening concert features the SSO’s principal cellist, Jichen Li, for the opening concert of the 99th season. The evening’s repertoire showcases two Russian masterworks and a classical piece that present the orchestra and soloist at their colorful and virtuosic best.


Symphony No. 36 “Linz,” Mozart  

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Tchaikovsky  

Symphony Number 2, “Ukranian,” Tchaikovsky 

Jichen Li,Violoncello

Chee Yun KimBrahms & Dvořák

Saturday, November 11, 2017

This concert will celebrate Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Slavonic Dance, Op. 46. Violinist, Chee-Yun Kim, and Cellist, Christopher Rex will showcase strings in Brahms’ Double Concerto, his final work for orchestra.  

Christopher RexRepertoire:

Slavonic Dance Op. 46 No. 1, Dvořák

Double Concerto, Brahms

Symphony No. 9 from the “New World,”   Dvořák

Christmas Treasures

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Celebrate the holidays with family, friends and the Sheboygan Symphony orchestra and chorus; enjoy a musical sleigh ride with a blend of holiday favorites from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, John Rutter, Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, and Leroy Anderson .

Jauvon GilliamGenerations

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Experience the beauty and stately elegance of Weber, Haydn and Debussy as the orchestra savors these classics.  In addition, we are privileged to present the US premier of the 2015 Timpani Concerto of Norwegian composer Marcus Paus.


Overture to Der Freischütz, Weber  

Symphony No. 94 “Surprise,”   Haydn

Timpani Concerto (US Premiere), Paus

La Mer, Debussy

Jauvon Gilliam, Timpani

Teddy Bears & Tunes

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fun and magical describes this Valentine concert geared to children ages 3 to 3rd grade. Specially selected works tell musical stories for our young guests. Teddy bears are welcome to attend with our youngest audience members.


Carol Wincenc“Spring” with American Classics

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Showcasing the elegant sonority of the woodwinds, Carol Wincenc performs Foss’ Renaissance Concerto.  Another work features Hovhaness, one of the most prolific 20th-century American composers of whom Boston Globe music critic, Richard Buell wrote: “his output assimilates the music of many cultures and turns its materials into a kind of exoticism.”   


And God Created Great Whales, Hovhaness

Renaissance Concerto, Foss

Rainbow Body, Theofanidis

Symphony No. 1, “Spring,” Schumann

 Carol Wincenc, Flute


Saturday, May 12, 2018   
The Sheboygan Symphony Chorus joins the Orchestra for the 99th season finale performing Brahms and Mahler. Nänie, composed in memory of Brahms’ deceased friend is a lamentation full of musical passion and emotion. The Schicksalslied, Song of Destiny, is considered one of Brahms’ best choral works.


Nänie, Brahms

Schicksalslied, Brahms

Symphony No. 1 “Titan,” Mahler


Eighth Notes

  1. Full Concert Series tickets range in price from $115 to $165. The Mini Series, which includes three of the five regular season concerts, ranges in price from $75 to $105.  For further information call the Weill Center ticket office at 920-208-3243.
  2. Purchase tickets for Tailgating with a Twist and Teddy Bears and Tunes from the Sheboygan Symphony office. Call 920-452-1985 or go to sheboygansymphony.org.
  3. Tickets for individual concerts will be available after August 14th by calling the Weill Center office at 920-208-3243 or  by going to weillcenter.com.
  4. Ticket prices for Christmas Treasures are $25, students $15. Call the Weill Center office at 920-208-3243 or go to weillcenter.com.


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