Announcing the 2019-2020 season!

By March 21, 2019Uncategorized
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Masterworks I

The Heavenly Life
September 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Abilene Convention Center

Amit Peled, cello
Lynnette Chambers, soprano

Mahler Symphony No. 4
Dvořák Cello Concerto

The Abilene Philharmonic’s 69th Concert Season begins with the emotional Mahler Symphony No. 4 featuring Lynnette Chambers in the final movement singing the poem “Das himmlische Leben’ translated “The Heavenly Life”. The second half features Peabody Conservatory cello professor and world renowned cellist, Amit Peled, performing the popular Dvorak Cello Concerto.

Masterworks II

Visions of America
October 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Abilene Convention Center

featuring symphonic photochoreography by Westwater Arts
Mayor Anthony Williams, narrator

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Copland Lincoln Portrait
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis
Copland Rodeo Suite

The Abilene Philharmonic’s second performance of the season features symphonic photochoreography provided by Westwater Arts. During the performance of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Rodeo Suite, photos will be projected on multiple digital displays above the orchestra creating a full multimedia concert experience. Narrating the powerful Lincoln Portrait is Abilene’s own Mayor Anthony Williams. Also on the program is a suite from the comedic opera by Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis.

Pops I

A Hometown Christmas
December 7, 2019 at 7:30PM
Family Friendly Matinee at 3:00 PM

Abilene Convention Center

Featuring
Bruce Ewing, vocalist
Abilene High School Drum Line
Abilene Christian School Children’s Choir
Combined choir made up of the following congregation choirs:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Holy Family Catholic Church
First Central Presbyterian Church
First Baptist Church of Abilene
Pioneer Drive Baptist Church
St. Paul United Methodist Church

Kick off the Holiday Season with the Abilene Philharmonic’s annual Christmas Concert. This year we are bringing back Abilene favorite, Bruce Ewing. Bruce will be backed by a massive choir made up of many Abilene church congregation choirs. This concert also has a shortened matinee performance with general admission pricing, making this a great opportunity to bring your kids for them to enjoy their favorite Christmas classics

Masterworks III

The Emperor Concerto

January 25, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Abilene Convention Center

Halle Puckett, piano
2012 Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition Winner

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Brahms Symphony No. 2

The Abilene Philharmonic’s first concert of the New Year features an encore performance of Abilene’s very own Halle Puckett. Now in her senior year at TCU, she will be performing the powerful Beethoven Concerto No. 5, Emperor. Rounding out this performance is the cheery and almost pastoral Brahms Symphony No. 2.

Pops II

Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert

February 22, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Abilene Convention Center

Presented by the ASCAP Foundation and Spot-On Entertainment

featuring
Klea Blackhurst, vocalist
Scott Coulter, vocalist
Jason Graae, vocalist
Debbie Gravitte, vocalist
Ron Raines, vocalist
John Boswell, piano

Jerry Herman is a legendary composer/lyricist of the American Musical Theatre and one of Broadway’s most beloved icons. From “Hello, Dolly” and “Mame” to “Mack and Mabel” and “La Cage aux Folles,” Jerry Herman’s songs have lit up Broadway for decades with toe-tapping, soul-stirring musical showstoppers. Now he’s sharing his great musical legacy with a new generation of music lovers.

Masterworks IV

Canadian Brass

April 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Abilene Convention Center

Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone
Jeff Nelsen, horn
Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Chris Coletti, trumpet
Chuck Daellenbach, tuba

Barber Overture to the School for Scandal
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
Tyzik New York Cityscapes

The world’s most famous Brass group comes to Abilene! Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Canadian Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. They will be joining your Abilene Philharmonic in a performance of New York cityscapes by Jeff Tyzik. Also on the program is Overture to the School for Scandal by Barber and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

Pops III

Kristen Hertzenberg and Her All-star Band

May 9, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Paramount Theater

featuring
Kristen Hertzenberg

Kristen Hertzenberg returns to Abilene for one memorable night at the historic Paramount Theater! Best known for her role as Christine in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera, Kristen Hertzenberg has proven her ability to sing anything in her concerts, from opera to Broadway to blues. She will be accompanied by Maestro Itkin on piano and backed by a cast of philharmonic musicians rocking the house with hits from the Eagles, James Taylor, the Doobie Brothers, Paul Simon, Carole King, and many more!

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