2017-18 Season Overview


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Timeless classical masterpieces including Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, Schubert's Symphony No. 9 (The Great), Brahms' Symphony No. 4 and Mendelssohn’s epic Symphony No. 5, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.
  • Violin sensation Philippe Quint plays the ravishingly romantic violin concerto by movie composer Wolfgang Korngold, Wideman winner Aristo Sham plays the Schumann Piano Concerto, and Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, plays Mozart.
  • Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, star of the hit Broadway show Anything Goes, lights up the holiday stage, plus Madam Secretary and Jersey Boys star Erich Bergen brings his unique talents to Shreveport.

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2017-18 WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES         

Opening Night: Beethoven and Schumann
September 16, 2017―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 4  
SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto in A minor
 with Aristo Sham, piano
BEETHOVEN  Choral Fantasy
 with Aristo Sham, piano, and the Centenary College Choir

Majesty abounds in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Schumann’s beloved Piano Concerto, performed by 2015 Wideman Gold Medalist Aristo Sham, plus Beethoven’s beautiful and rarely performed Choral Fantasy featuring the engaging Centenary College Choir.

“This young artist’s potential is boundless.”  ~Washington Post


Magnificent Mozart
October 28, 2017―7:30 PM
First Baptist Shreveport
Michael Butterman, conductor

RESPIGHI  Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
MOZART  Clarinet Concerto   
    Ricardo Morales, clarinet
MENDELSSOHN  Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”

The SSO observes the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, acknowledged as the beginning of the Reformation, with Mendelssohn’s stirring Symphony No. 5. In addition, Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Clarinetist Ricardo Morales showcases the sublime Clarinet Concerto by Mozart.

“…Fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.”  ~New York Times


A Salute to John Williams
November 11, 2017―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

Revel in fantastic music by America’s greatest living composer for film―the incomparable John Williams. From Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Harry Potter and more, this concert promises to be a delight for all ages!


Holiday Pops with Broadway Star Sutton Foster
December 2, 2017―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Sutton Foster, vocalist, with music director Michael Rafter
Michael Butterman, conductor

Celebrate the season with true star power! Broadway and TV star Sutton Foster has won two Tony Awards for her performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. Come find out why at this concert featuring your favorite holiday and Broadway tunes (hint―she is simply amazing)!


The Great C Major
January 27, 2018―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

GULDA  Cello Concerto    
    John-Henry Crawford, cello
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, “Great C Major”

The majesty of Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 is paired with the highly entertaining and eclectic Cello Concerto by Friedrich Gulda, played by Shreveport native son and favorite John-Henry Crawford.


Erich Bergen
from Madam Secretary and Jersey Boys

February 24, 2018―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

Erich Bergen, star of the movie Jersey Boys and TV series Madam Secretary, lights up the stage with an eclectic program that will send you away singing!

“This young dynamo captivated the packed house from the moment he opened his mouth.” ~BroadwayWorld.com


Bernstein at 100
March 24, 2018―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Russian Easter Overture  
BERNSTEIN  Chichester Psalms   
     with Centenary College Choir and Prísma Vocal Ensemble
HOVHANNES  Psalm and Fugue for String Orchestra  
COPLAND  Suite from The Tender Land  

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the SSO, Centenary College Choir, and vocal ensemble Prísma will join forces to perform Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, as well as the magnificent hymn-like conclusion of Copland’s opera, The Tender Land.  Rimsky-Korsakov’s all-time favorite Russian Easter Overture leads off this special evening.   


Season Finale
May 5, 2018―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

STRAUSS, JR.  Overture to Die Fledermaus   
KORNGOLD  Violin Concerto   
 with Philippe Quint, violin
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4 

Grammy-nominated violin sensation Philippe Quint returns to Shreveport to perform Korngold’s lushly romantic, cinematic Violin Concerto. The program and the season conclude with a performance of Brahms’ monumental Symphony No. 4.   

Quint’s Korngold concerto interpretation is “a sit-up-on-the-edge-of-your seat performance.”  ~Seattle Weekly


Special Events
These concerts are purchased separately from an 8-concert subscription. Special event pricing applies.


The Music of The Rolling Stones
January 13, 2018―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Brent Havens, conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocals

Windborne Music and the SSO will present the power of The Stones in concert, including nearly all of the band’s best hits, such as I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction), You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Start Me Up, and more.


Women Rock
May 19, 2018―7:30 PM
RiverView Theater

The music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Heart, Carly Simon, and more is brought to life by the SSO and a cast of singers, with video footage of each iconic artist projected on the big screen.