Wichita Symphony announces 70th anniversary season

Posted on: April 1, 2013

In Sunday’s (3/31) Wichita Eagle (Kansas), Alice Mannette writes, “Just as the Wichita Symphony Orchestra prepares to present its final classics concert of the current season, it also is ramping up for its 70th classics season, which begins in October and will include flying acrobats, guest artists and Beethoven’s Ninth. Music Director and Conductor Daniel Hege and Executive Director Don Reinhold wanted both old favorites and show stoppers in the lineup. ‘There’s something for everyone,’ Reinhold said. ‘We’re looking to stretch our horizons.’ The season opener will feature the large orchestra pieces by Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky—Daphnis and Chloe Suite and The Rite of Spring. ” Also on that program will be Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. “The third concert will feature the Symphony’s very own concertmaster, John Harrison, performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. The sixth concert focuses on the U.S., with John Barry’s orchestral suite from Dances with Wolves, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World,’ and a 1996 work by Eric Ewazen that evokes the rich heritage of the native peoples of the Americas. Ewazen designed his composition around the photography of Edward Curtis, who documented Native American ceremonies, dress and lifestyle.”

Posted April 1, 2013