2019-2020 Season

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The 2019-2020 Concert Season is Here! 

If you are a current subscriber please contact our Box Office in order to renew your seat. Call 901-537-2525 or email at tickets@memphissymphony.org

SPECIAL CONCERT WITH OPERA SUPERSTAR JESSYE NORMAN!*

September 28, 2019 – Robert Moody, conductor, and Jessye Norman, mezzo soprano

Dvorak My Home Overture, Saint-Saens aria from Samson et Dalila, Nielsen Symphony No. 4
R. Strauss Three Songs for soprano and orchestra, Music of Rodgers, Bernstein, and Ellington
Operatic superstar, Kennedy Center Honoree, given the National Medal of the Arts by President Obama,
Jessye Norman joins Memphis Symphony Orchestra in concert! An historic night for MSO and all of Memphis!
*Jessye Norman presented in partnership with MSO and Opera Memphis

 

MASTERWORKS, Presented by Paul and Linnea Bert

MW #1: October 26/27, 2019 – David Neely, guest conductor and Greg Luscombe, trombone
Still Festive Overture, Shilkret “Tommy Dorsey” Concerto,  and Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherezade
MSO’s own Greg Luscombe plays a work written for Tommy Dorsey.  David Neely leads the orchestra in a powerful work by composer Williams Grant Still, and one of the most famous of all works – Scheherazade!

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MW #2: November 23/24, 2019 – Robert Moody, conductor and Ben Beilman, violin
 
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3, Beethoven Violin Concerto, and Brahms Symphony No. 3
“The Three B’s!”  Maestro Moody and Ben Beilman – one of the top violinists in the world – join MSO for an amazing journey through the music of giants Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.  A surprise encore may even be in the works!

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MW #3: January 18/19, 2020 –Robert Moody, conductor, Zuri Wells, marimba and Mary Wilson, soprano
 
Sibelius Finlandia, Abe Prism Marimba Concerto, and Mahler Symphony No. 4
Rising percussion star Zuri Wells plays composer Keiko Abe’s awesome marimba concerto.  Top soprano Mary Wilson joins for Mahler’s powerful 4th Symphony.  And we begin with one of the most famous of all themes – Finlandia!

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MW #4: February 29/March 1, 2020 –Robert Moody, conductor and Bryan Wallick, piano
 
Patterson Ventures on the Bluff, Grieg Piano Concerto, Gandolfi World Premiere, & Stravinsky Firebird Suite
Music of MSO’s own Robert Patterson, and world premiere written for MSO by Michael Gandolfi, commissioned by Paul and Linnea Bert!  One of the most famous of all piano concertos, and Stravinsky Firebird make this a can’t miss experience!

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MW #5: March 21/22, 2020 –Robert Moody, conductor and Zuill Bailey, cello

Ravel Don Quichotte a Dulcinee, R. Strauss Don Quixote, and Leigh Man of La Mancha Concert Suite
Maestro Moody takes MSO on a complete journey of “Don Quixote,” from the great depth of compositions by Ravel and Richard Strauss, to the power of “The Impossible Dream.”  Grammy winner Zuill Bailey headlines this amazing concert!

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MW #6: April 25/26, 2020 –Robert Moody, conductor,
 
Memphis Symphony Chorus/University Singers, Orff Children’s choir, guest artists
Bates Children of Adam and Orff Carmina Burana
The world’s most famous choral work in concert!  Orff Carmina Burana will feature 230 voices on stage!  Concert opens with a new work exploring stories of The Creation from Grammy nominee/Kennedy Center composer Mason Bates!
 

 

Memphis POPS!  

Pops #1: October 12, 2019 – Andrew Crust, conductor

MSO Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson!                               
MSO kicks off Pops with music from the King of Pop!  From “ABC” to “Billy Jean” to “Thriller,” Michael Jackson’s music changed the world.  Singer Gavin Hope (star of Rent, member of the famed a cappella group “The Nylons”) joins MSO and will have you singing and dancing to some of the greatest pop hits ever recorded!

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Pops #2: December 21/22, 2019 – Robert Moody and Andrew Crust, conductors

MSO’s Magic of Memphis Holiday Celebration!     
This year’s production will of course include beloved favorites, like the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long and Sleigh Ride.  New features tell the touching musical story of a soldier trying to get home for the holidays, and a powerful new presentation of the Nativity.  Make Magic your family’s new tradition in 2019!                                                                   

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Pops #3: January 25, 2020 – Andrew Crust, conductor, Amy Grant, vocalist

An Evening with Pop Superstar Amy Grant!
From “My Father’s Eyes” to “Baby, Baby,” Tennessee’s own Amy Grant has been a mainstay of Christian Contemporary and Pop culture for nearly forty years!  MSO is honored to welcome this multi-Grammy winner to Memphis, for an unforgettable night at the Cannon Center!

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Pops #4: April 18, 2020 – Robert Moody, conductor,

Featuring guest artists Vanessa Thomas, vocalist, and Tamir Hendelman, jazz piano
Robert Moody leads pops, featuring Rhapsody in Blue!
A true “Night at the Pops” with Maestro Moody, MSO, and a star-studded cast!  Jazz star Tamir Hendelman has performed Natalie Cole and Barbra Streisand, and his rendition of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody” is not to be missed!  Vanessa Thomas travels the world with Doc Severinsen, and wows audiences with music  from Puccini Opera to Gospel and Blues.  MSO plays the great Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Robert Moody hosts and conducts.  It doesn’t get better than this!
 
 
 

Paul & Linnea Bert’s CLASSIC ACCENTS

 

CA #1: November 9/10, 2019 – Christopher Ward, guest conductor, and Michelle Cann, piano

Weber  Overture to Der Freischutz, Mozart Piano Concert No. 21,
Walker Lyric for Strings, and Beethoven Symphony No. 4
British conductor makes his American debut with music of European master composers Weber, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Pianist Michelle Cain debuts with MSO, and a powerful work of George Walker rounds out the program!

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CA #2: February 22/23, 2020 – Andrew Crust, conductor

Vivaldi The Four Seasons, and Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Four violin soloists (from both MSO and the UofM, as well as two young prodigy violinists) will be featured on this concert.  Vivaldi’s most famous “Four Seasons” is inter-woven with the amazing Tango-inspired “Four Seasons” of Argentina’s great composer Astor Piazzolla!

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CA #3: May 16/17, 2020 – Robert Moody, conductor, Philip Himebook, tenor, and Hyung Yun, baritone

Ravel Scenes from Mother Goose, Bizet duet from The Pearl Fishers, and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Two powerhouse opera singers, Mahler’s powerhouse “Song of the Earth,” and Ravel’s amazingly beautiful music inspired by five stories from “Mother Goose.”  A perfect concert for Spring, and a perfect way to conclude our phenomenal season!
 
 

 

 

 

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