Yo-Yo- Ma To Perform For CSO Gala Event

CSO Announces 2014/15 Season Lineup

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Friday announced their 2014/15 season, led by Music Director Kayoko Dan in her fourth season. The regular concert season will begin in September and go through April, 2015.  

“The 2014-15 season should be one of the most memorable in the CSO’s history,” stated CSO Executive Director Molly Sasse. “The opportunity to perform with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma is just the beginning. Our Masterworks concerts offer a great mix of beloved works and lesser-known masterpieces, with more great soloists. Our Pops concerts will have something for everyone, from the film classic, Casablanca to Broadway hits. We’re so pleased to continue our concerts at the Volkswagen Conference Center and our chamber orchestra programs at the Silver Ballroom of the Sheraton Read House. There’s great variety in the music and the settings across all of our series, and I hope audiences will try something that might be new to them this year.”

The Yo-Yo Ma gala event will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Tivoli Theatre.  The 2014/15 subscribers have pre-sale access to tickets with any remaining tickets going on sale to the general public in late July. The CSO is also presenting a special Opera night with Pirates of Penzance with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Tivoli Theatre. Those tickets will also be available in late July.

Music Director Kayoko Dan has programmed several beloved works in the 2014/15 Barnett & Company Masterworks Series. Highlights include:
A blockbuster Opening Night with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

A Shakespeare-themed concert, commemorating his 450th birthday in 2014. 

CSO concertmaster Holly Mulcahy performing Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto.

The return of pianist Qing Jiang on Mozart’s popular 20th Piano Concerto. 

 Schubert’s 4th, Mendelssohn’s 4th, Tchaikovsky’s 6th and Schumann’s 2nd Symphonies.

A season closer with Rachmaninoff’s gloriously romantic 2nd Symphony. 

Music Director Kayoko Dan and Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt are planning several concerts and collaborations in the 2013/14 Luken Holdings Pops Series, including:

A Boston Pops Tribute, saluting its famed conductors Arthur Fiedler and John Williams.

The annual Home for the Holidays program.

Big Band Fever! with two performances over Valentine’s weekend.

The movie Casablanca shown in its entirety with music performed by the CSO.

A look at Broadway’s Golden Age with veteran Broadway singers Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque. 

The Chamber Series will feature chamber works from around the world, favorites from the baroque period, and the annual selection of works by the CSO Principals. This popular Sunday series will continue to be performed at the Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom. 

The Volkswagen Series returns for its third year with a variety of programming, including Classical’s Greatest Hits back by popular demand, a kid-friendly family concert, and an all-opera program with soloists and chorus. 

Current year subscribers can renew their subscriptions with a guarantee for keeping their seats for next season through April 25. They will also have first access to tickets for the Yo-Yo Ma gala event. New subscribers can begin purchasing subscriptions and pre-sale Yo-Yo Ma tickets on March 3. Subscriptions start at $75. More information and complete concert details can be found at www.chattanoogasymphony.org. Single tickets for the 2014/15 season will go on sale in late July. 

Here is the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera 2014/15 Complete Series Listings

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Beethoven’s 9th
Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Chorus, Darrin Hassevoort, director
Lee University Chorale, William Green, director
Tivoli Theatre 
IVES - The Unanswered Question
GJEILO - Across the Vast, Eternal Sky
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9


Special Event
Yo-Yo Ma Gala Event
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Tivoli Theatre 

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Shakespeare in Love
Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Tivoli Theatre
TCHAIKOVSKY - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
MENDELSSOHN -  Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite
BERNSTEIN - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 

Chamber Series Around the World
Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom 

Luken Holdings Pops Series Boston Pops Tribute: A Salute to Arthur Fielder and John Williams
Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Michael Chertock, piano
Tivoli Theatre  

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Schubert’s 4th
Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Andrew Sords, violin
Tivoli Theatre
BEETHOVEN - Leonore Overture No. 3
SCHUBERT - Symphony No. 4, “Tragic”
SIBELIUS - Violin Concerto 

Volkswagen Series Classical’s Top Hits
Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Volkswagen Conference Center 

Special Opera Event Pirates of Penzance
Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
With the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Chorus, Darrin Hassevoort, director
Tivoli Theatre 

Chamber Series Gems from the CSO Principals
Sunday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m.
Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom 

Luken Holdings Pops Series Home for the Holidays
Saturday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Tivoli Theatre 

Chamber Series Basically Baroque
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, 3 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom 

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Mendelssohn’s 4th
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Javier Oviedo, saxophone
Tivoli Theatre 

BRAHMS - Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, and 10

RASQUIER -  Samsara: Concerto for saxophone and strings
MENDELSSOHN - Symphony No. 4, “Italian” 

Volkswagen Series Family Concert
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, 3 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Volkswagen Conference Center 

Luken Holdings Pops Series Big Band Fever!
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Tivoli Theatre 

Chamber Series All Things English
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, 3 p.m. 
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom 

Luken Holdings Pops Series Chattanooga International Film Music Festival Casablanca
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
TBD, conductor
Tivoli Theatre 

Special Pops Event Hooray for Hollywood
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 3 p.m.
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Tivoli Theatre 

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Tchaikovsky’s 6th
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Holly Mulcahy, violin
Tivoli Theatre 
HIGDON - Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique” 

Volkswagen Series Opera Arias
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Volkswagen Conference Center 

Luken Holdings Pops Series Broadway’s Golden Age and Beyond
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Lisa Vroman, vocalist
Doug LaBrecque, vocalist
Tivoli Theatre 

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Schumann’s 2nd
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Qing Jiang, piano
Tivoli Theatre
BRAHMS - Tragic Overture
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 20
SCHUMANN - Symphony No. 2 

Volkswagen Series TBD
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Volkswagen Conference Center 

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series Rachmaninoff’s 2nd
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Chorus, Darrin Hassevoort, director
Tivoli Theatre
GJEILO - Sunrise Mass
RACHMANINOFF - Symphony No. 2


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