Tickets are on sale now for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's 21/22 season, featuring the return of full orchestral performances for the first time since March 2020. The organization's First Horizon Foundation Pops Series and Barnett and Company Masterworks Series will have a new home at Memorial Auditorium, and the Chamber Series will resume with smaller ensemble performances at a variety of venues throughout the community. Programming for the season includes Beethoven's Eroica, Revolution: The Music of The Beatles, The Music of Harry Potter, and more.
The season will open Thursday, Sept. 23, with an evening of works from across the globe and a special performance of George Walker’s moving Lyric for Strings, which we will be performed in memory of those lost to COVID-19. The First Horizon Pops Series will begin Oct. 9 as the CSO takes on iconic film scores from Star Trek, Mission Impossible, and more during Lights! Camera! Pops! Two special events are also on the schedule for the 21/22 season, including a Halloween weekend performance of The Music of Harry Potter on Oct. 30 and a journey through beloved childhood classics in Disney in Concert Magical Music from the Movies on Feb. 26.
“I am looking forward to re-introducing the CSO to the community after a year of socially-distanced concerts during the 2021/22 season,” says Kayoko Dan, CSO music director. “We are also proud to continue featuring many Chattanooga artists, including Principal Timpani Alex Wadner, Principal Piccolo Amelia Dicks, and Lee University's Jonathan Jung on piano, plus collaborations with the CSO Chorus and Chattanooga Ballet.”
The Barnett & Company Masterworks Series will feature both beloved classical works and exciting new pieces from contemporary composers throughout the season. Audiences will experience renowned works such as Beethoven's Eroica, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The season will also feature talented guest artists such as Elena Urioste on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto in G Minor and Jonathan Jung on Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, as well as a must-see collaboration with The Chattanooga Ballet as they bring their original choreography to Stravinsky’s Apollo. The CSO will also continue to highlight female composers and composers of color with pieces from Julia Perry, Gabriela Lena Frank, Anne Guzzo, and more.
The First Horizon Foundation Pops Series will bring back popular annual events such as the holiday concert Home for the Holidays and the Valentine's weekend program Big Band Fever. Talented Broadway vocalists will join the CSO to perform hits from Hamilton, Wicked, and more during Broadway Tonight!, while Lights! Camera! Pops! Will bring to life classic scores from blockbuster films. The Pops Series will close with the highly anticipated Revolution: The Music of The Beatles, featuring top vocalists in a symphonic tribute to the Fab Four.
The Chamber Series allows audiences to enjoy smaller ensemble performances in an intimate setting. Programming this year will include a special guest performance from local guitarist Michael McCallie during Beethoven Symphony No. 1, a collaboration with Opera Tennessee on Copland's Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson, and concerts highlighting CSO musicians, including Principal Oboe Jessica Smithorn and Principal Clarinet Robert West. Venues for each performance will vary, but include Chattanooga State as well as area churches.
Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at www.chattanoogasymphony.org, by calling 267-8583, or in-person at the CSO Box Office at 736 Georgia Ave, Suite 101. The box office is currently opened for limited hours on Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Barnett and Company Masterworks Series
Memorial Auditorium • Thursdays • 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night – Sept. 23
Dvorák’s New World Symphony – Oct. 21
Ravel & Brahms – Nov. 18
Pictures at an Exhibition – Jan. 27, 2022
Beethoven’s Eroica – March 3, 2022
Stravinsky’s Apollo – March 24, 2022
Coleridge-Taylor & Sibelius – April 21, 2022
First Horizon Foundation Pops Series
Memorial Auditorium • Saturdays • 7:30p.m.
Lights! Camera! Pops! – Oct. 9
Home for the Holidays – Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.
Big Band Fever – Feb. 12, 2022
Broadway Tonight! – March 19, 2022
Revolution: The Music of The Beatles – April 2, 2022
Appalachian Spring Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. at Chattanooga State
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian
Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. at First Christian Church
Mozart & Haydn Jan. 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m., New City Fellowship
Mozart Symphony No. 41 March 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m. at Collegedale Commons
Memorial Auditorium • Saturdays • 7:30 p.m.
The Music of Harry Potter – Oct. 30
Disney in Concert, Magical Music from the Movies – Feb. 26, 2022
The Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra has released its 2021/22 event procedures, including concert health and safety, subscriber ticket information, updated locations and more.
To ensure this, attendees should expect to adhere to the following guidelines until further notice when attending concerts in the 21/22 season:
All concert attendees must present their vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past 72 hours for entry.
All concert attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask over their nose and mouth for the duration of the event.
Those who have completed their 2021/22 subscription will have the opportunity to pick up their tickets for the season during Opening Night on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. Stop by the subscriber pick-up table in the main lobby to receive a ticket packet. For those who can't make opening night, all remaining subscription packets will be mailed directly to their home beginning Friday, Sept. 24.
Subscribers receive many benefits not always afforded to single ticket buyers. Click here to learn more about the First Horizon Foundation Pops Series and Barnett & Company Masterworks Series full season subscriptions.
Tickets and subscriptions are available for purchase at chattanoogasymphony.org, by calling 267-8583, or at the CSO Box Office at 736 Georgia Ave, Suite 101. The box office is currently open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
All CSO Barnett & Company Masterworks, First Horizon Pops Foundation, and special events will take place in Memorial Auditorium, the CSo new home for the 2021/22 season. The venue is at 399 McCallie Ave., and paid lot and metered street parking is available on the streets surrounding the venue.
For the safety of all patrons, Memorial Auditorium requires all attendees to enter a metal detector and complete a bag check upon entry. Click here for more information on Memorial Auditorium's security policies.
Opening night will be Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium and will be Part of the Barnett & Company Masterworks Series with Kayoko Dan as conductor.
It will be a full orchestral performance with an evening of works from across the globe that will inspire joy and reflection. The program features Mexican classical composer Arturo Márquez’s popular Danzon No. 2 and Faure’s Pavane, both which take inspiration from dance, as well as George Walker’s moving Lyric for Strings, which we will perform in memory of those we have lost to COVID-19.
Ticketholders will also have exclusive access to a virtual Spotlight Talk with Kayoko Dan on Monday from 7-8 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to learn one-on-one with the CSO music director as she discusses the works being performed at the week's performance.