Full Concert Season

Music Director and Conductor: David Itkin

FordSaturday, September 20
Masterworks I—Percussion and Premiere
Abilene Civic Center
7:30 p.m.

Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, and Brian Zator, Marimba

BRAHMS              Symphony No. 1
FORD                     Stubernic Fantasy
TSCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

The U.S. orchestral premiere of the Latin America-inspired Stubernic Fantasy, a carefully choreographed concerto for three players on one marimba, along with Brahms at his most magisterial and Tchaikovsky at his most triumphant.



BACHSaturday, October 25
Masterworks II – Bachtoberfest
Abilene Civic Center
7:30 p.m.

J.S. BACH          Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major
J.S. BACH          Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
C.P.E. BACH      Symphony No. 5 in B minor
J.S. BACH          Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major

Music that influenced and inspired generations of composers with Maestro Itkin leading from the harpsichord and showcasing the Philharmonic’s principal flutist Joanna Martin.



Ben UtechtSaturday, December 6
Pops I – Holiday Pops with Ben Utecht
Abilene Civic Center
7:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Holiday Pops Family Matinee

Ben Utecht, vocalist

Your holiday favorites including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “O Holy Night,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” sung by former tight end from the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts Ben Utecht along with Abilene High’s Pure Gold show choir.

The Holiday Pops Family Matinee is a shorter performance just right for wiggly children anticipating Santa and anyone in a holiday rush –  general admission tickets priced for families.



Christine LampreaSaturday, January 31
Masterworks III – Virtuosic and Romantic
Abilene Civic Center
7:30 p.m.

Christine Lamprea, Cello

RAVEL                                   Bolero
LALO                                      Cello Concerto
RACHMANINOFF             Symphony No. 2

Music from the heart that is still deeply touching even a century after it was written, featuring Sphinx competition winner Christine Lamprea playing cello and the romanticism that inspires Hollywood.


50 Years of Rock


Saturday, February 21
Pops II – 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Abilene Civic Center
7:30 p.m.

Great music knows no boundaries. Rock instrumentalists and singers join the orchestra for hits that appeal to everyone including Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” The Police’s “Synchronicity II,” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”





Saturday, March 28
Special Concert – Pucketts at the Pianos
The Historic Paramount Theatre
7:30 p.m.

Mark, Lauren, and Halle Puckett, Piano

Join Mark, Lauren and Halle Puckett for an evening of eclectic styles of music at multiple pianos. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy with compositions and arrangements for solo, duo, or trio. This concert is not part of a subscription.




Saturday, April 18
Masterworks IV – Beethoven 9
Abilene Civic Center
7:30 p.m.

Carol Wilson, Soprano
Lynnette Chambers, Mezzo-Soprano
Sam Cook, Tenor
Stephen Morscheck, Bass
Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, and McMurry University Choirs

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

A masterpiece of celebration where joy conquers sorrow.

Glow! By request, sit in a balcony section set aside for interactive commentary on your smartphone, iPad, or tablet.




Saturday, May 2
Pops III – Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush
in collaboration with
The Historic Paramount Theatre
7:30 p.m.
Extra 3:00 p.m. matinee showing!

Charlie Chaplin The Gold Rush (1925)

The Paramount is the perfect setting for the Philharmonic to play the straight man to the antics of the little tramp, one of the silver screen’s most enduring and loved icons. Charlie Chaplin’s favorite film is full of adventure, fantastic characters, and legendary comedic moments, each second orchestrated for the most delightful effect.
The Gold Rush © Roy Export S.A.S Music for The Gold Rush Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment and Bourne Co. All rights reserved

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