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TUSCALOOSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON


by Jenny Mann


Beethoven


This season the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) presents a brilliant collection of master composers and masterful guest artists. Each concert features works by the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Wagner, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Alongside these great works, each concert features a celebrated guest artist. Guests include: Paul Houghtaling and the UA Opera Theatre; and internationally renowned piano soloist, Stewart Goodyear. The TSO will once again partner with the Alabama Choir School and Prentice Concert Chorale, along with a special guest, for the annual Christmas Celebration, and with the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers for the annual Family Discovery Concert.


Each February the TSO partners with Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers for a romantic concert inspired by Valentine’s Day. This season a community favorite joins the TSO to celebrate romance. Paul Houghtaling and the UA Opera Theatre will take the stage with a range of works from opera favorites by composers such as Puccini to timeless favorites such as Diamond’s are a Girl’s Best Friend. This concert has something for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry from Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers. You may just leave the concert with the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift!


The annual Discovery Day occurs on Monday, March 5, 2018 and is an opportunity for the TSO to perform for all area 5th grade students. The TSO hosts three, free morning concerts open to all public, private and homeschooled students organized in conjunction with area teachers. This year’s concert is titled Dancing Musical Characters and will feature the Tuscaloosa Community Dancer’s interpretation of Benjamin Britten’s classic Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. David Duff, renowned NPR radio personality, will narrate Britten’s great work alongside the orchestra. That evening at 5:00pm the doors reopen with an instrument petting zoo sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Guild where children of all ages can try instruments from all of the families. The concert begins at 6:00pm and ticket prices are reduced to just $10. The evening concert is open to everyone in the community, is only one hour long, and is very informal. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend. This is the perfect activity for the whole family!


Stewart Goodyear


On May 7, 2018, under the sponsorship of the Gloria Moody Foundation, the TSO welcomes internationally renowned piano soloist, Stewart Goodyear. Mr. Goodyear has performed with orchestras all over the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Mr. Goodyear will take the stage to perform Rachmaninoff’s moving Piano Concerto No. 2. This is a very special opportunity for the arts community in Tuscaloosa and is a show not to be missed.


The mission of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra is to foster and encourage the appreciation of music through live concert performances and educational programs that are diverse, enriching and of the highest quality. The TSO has been the only professional performing arts organization in West Alabama since 1984. Musicians of the TSO are both a part of the West Alabama community and travel from all over the country to perform with the orchestra.


Tickets and complete season information are available at www.tsoonline.org or by calling (205) 752-5515. Tickets for all concerts may be purchased at any time. Don’t miss this truly exciting season!