AFTER THE REVOLUTION
April 14, 2018
Zhou Long — The Deep, Deep Sea
with Hannah Porter Occeña, flute
Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 — Eroica
What happens after the upheaval of a revolution? For Chinese-American composer Zhou Long, the end of the restrictive Cultural Revolution marked the beginning of his artistic career. And after watching Napoleon crown himself emperor and crush the revolutionary ideals of liberty and fraternity, Beethoven had to dig deep to find light in his despair. At this concert, we hear the music of new worlds taking shape, rising up after bloody and frightening upheaval, re-establishing their foundation and reaching for the future.
February 18, 2018
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Join the MCE chamber players for an evening of romantic music featuring soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson and the Kansas City premiere of the lush Cello Sonata by Phillip Lasser. Stay and enjoy a casual wine and chocolate reception after the concert.
February 10, 2018
Gershwin — Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture Spirituals
with Todd Payne, Baritone
Still — Afro-American Symphony
In honor of Black History Month, the Topeka Symphony is excited to present the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still. Still was the first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra and the first to conduct a major orchestra. In the Afro-American Symphony, Still combines blues, jazz, and spirituals into a traditional classical form, and it is instantly appealing and fresh. We will also play Gershwin’s jazzy Porgy and Bess, and welcome Todd Payne back to our stage to sing spirituals and present his very moving interpretation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, I Have a Dream speech.
Masterworks II: Mozart & Mendelssohn
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
Single ticket prices $30, $42, $52 | BUY TICKETS
Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz
Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 2
Bruce Schultz, SoNA Principal Horn, soloist
Satie (orch. Debussy), Gymnopédie No. 2
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4, Italian
Concert sponsored by Slim Chickens
Soloist appearance sponsored by Bank of America
January 13, 2018
Korngold — Violin Concerto
with Elena Urioste, Violin
Brahms — Symphony No. 1
Composer Johannes Brahms struggled mightily to write his first symphony, living in the shadow cast by the legacy of Beethoven. Brahms finally triumphed, after ten years and countless attempts, and within a year of its first performance his First Symphony was hailed as “Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony.” We perform this triumph of the Romantic Era, along with a triumph of the modern musical world, Korngold’s beautifully romantic Violin Concerto featuring the spectacular Elena Urioste.
We are exited to present this one-time performance of Pierrot Lunaire! Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire is a setting of 21 selected poems from Otto Erich Hartleben's German translation of Albert Giraud's cycle of French poems of the same name. It's atonal, it's expressive, it's legendary.
$7 GA and
$16 VIP tickets that include reserved seating
Come early, get a good seat, and order dinner!
Special guest vocalist, Liz Pearse and conducted by Nick Bell.