Concert Calendar

Porgy & Bess

05/18/2013, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Memphis Symphony Chorus

PRICE Mississippi River Suite
GERSHWIN Suite from Porgy & Bess

The Memphis Symphony Chorus joins Conductor Mei-Ann Chen for an unparalleled musical celebration of Gershwin’s Suite from Porgy and Bess. The Porgy and Bess Suite, adapted from 1930’s opera, offers the perfect opportunity to listen to the original orchestral version of the magnificent music that earned the 2012 Tony Award for best Musical Revival. The evening begins with Florence Price’s Mississippi River Suite. Price, the first African-American woman composer to attain national recognition, takes listeners on a 30-minute musical journey down the Mississippi River.

Fun Fact: When exploring the most significant musical influences on classical music over the last 150 years, without fail the deepest impact has been gospel, the blues, and jazz – the music of the South. This concert is an homage to that American classical music heritage.

All First Tennessee Masterworks performances include a free Concert Preview with ticket admission.  These lectures are generally given by the conductor and start at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday nights in the Morgan Keegan Mezzanine Lobby.

Tickets start at $15!  Students only $5!  

New subscribers get 50% off of our First Tennessee Masterworks series!  For subscription information, please refer here.  Single tickets will go on sale in August 2012.  Click here to view our Seating Charts and Pricing information.


For more information on the 2012-2013 season, click here.  

Please note the new time for our Saturday performances!  They now take place at 7:30 p.m.  This concert is also available at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.

Please note: All sales are final. No refunds will be offered. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra does not sell information from ticket sales.

You cannot purchase student tickets online, so please call 901-537-2525 to buy them.   There is one $5 convenience fee added to every online and over the phone order.  We will happily waive this fee if you pay at our Box Office location in person. 


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