Take a look at the upcoming 2017-2018 Wichita Symphony Orchestra season!

Classics
The Wichita Symphony Orchestra kicks off the season Sept. 23-24 with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, “Pulcinella Sulte” by Stravinky, and Hummel’s Bassoon Concerto, featuring Scott Oakes, principal bassoon.

A familiar classic, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony follows Oct. 28-29 with Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, featuring Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez.

The WSO Chorus and guest soloists join the Wichita Symphony Orchestra to perform Haydn’s “The Creation” Nov. 18-19 conducted by Daniel Hege and featuring soprano Cristina Castaldi, tenor Stephen Tharp and bass Tim LeFebvre, directed by Michael Hanawalt.

WSO welcomes Cirque de Symphonie Dec. 2-3 for “A Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular!” with aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and more tumbling around Century II’s Concert Hall.

For “Mozart WinterFest” Jan. 20-21, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s overture to “Cosi Fan Tutte,” Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major and Symphony No. 38, “Prague.” Special guest conductor Jaime Laredo and radio host and guest pianist Christopher O’Riley join the Symphony for these performances.

The Classics continue with Bernstein’s overture and suite to “Candide” and Ravel’s “Bolero.” Elena Urioste makes her WSO debut in Barber’s Violin Concerto Feb. 17-18.

A performance of “Fire & Ice” comes to Century II Concert Hall March 10-11 with Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring pianist Stewart Goodyear.

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra finishes the classics’ season April 14-15 with Holst’s “The Planets,” featuring cosmic images from NASA, and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

Pops
“The Music of Harry Potter and More” fills Concert Hall at Century II Oct. 7 for a special pops concert performed by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus with guest conductor Carl Topilow presents “A Patriotic Salute” Feb. 10 with music by John Williams, John Philip Sousa and Richard Rogers, featuring Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” narrated by Samuel Ramey.

The final pops concert is also Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s final performance of the 2017-2018 season. “What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” featuring Byron Stripling on trumpet, and including classic melodies, such as “Ragtime Blues” and “All That Jazz,” is May 5.

Other Performances
The Wichita Symphony Orchestra presents two performances just for families during the 2017-2018 season. Theofanidis’ “The Legend of the Northern Lights,” featuring Jose Francisco Salgado, is Nov. 11. “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage,” featuring Classical Kids Live! is Jan. 27.

The Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concert, sponsored by Spirit Aerosystems, is Dec. 5 at Century II Convention Hall. The Wichita Symphony Orchestra performs favorite Christmas carols and holiday hits with guest conductor Michael Hanawalt and the Butler Community College Concert Choir.

A special piano recital Jan. 16 at Distillery 244 presents “The Music of Radiohead and More,” featuring guest pianist Christopher O’Riley. General admission tickets are $40 with a cash bar. VIP tickets are $90 and include: keyboard side seating and a pre-recital cocktail hour, featuring a meet-and-greet with the pianist and “From the Top” radio host.

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