The Lethbridge Symphony announced their 2016-2017 Season at the epic Carmina Burana concerts. From perennial favourites to contemporary classics, the LSO offers a trip around the world.
“We want people to know that orchestral works don’t have to mean boring, stuffy, or blah. In fact, a lot of them are the complete opposite,” enthuses Music Director Glenn Klassen.
“I’m just very excited for this upcoming season, and I know the orchestra is as well. They’ll really get to stretch themselves, while having lots of fun and entertaining our audiences,” says Klassen.
Incoming Board President, Doug Emek notes, “I don’t know if I can remember a previous season in recent memory with such a broad variety of offerings. It seems appropriate as we embark on a new chapter, and relocate our offices to our concert home, Southminster United Church.”
Beginning with Sibelius’ nationalist homage to his homeland, Finlandia, right through to the final notes of Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, the 56th Season of the Lethbridge Symphony (LSO) ranges from the hair-raising Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns to the sheer fun of John Williams’ saxophone concerto, based on music from the film Catch Me If You Can. The absurdity of HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance, as well as the glory of the complete Messiah round out the adventures.
As usual, many talented local artists will give guest performances with the LSO, including community darlings Vox Musica, the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop, percussionist Joe Porter, the Chinook Chamber Singers, and saxophonist Chee Meng Low.
In addition, string quartet Musaeus will return with three more Extras, held at the more intimate La Cité des Prairies, and feature Latin works with Dale Ketcheson on guitar, and great Eastern European music with keyboardist Mary Lee Voort. Beautiful works inspired by the voice round out the trio, with each event to be followed by an optional post-concert Meet & Greet.
“We’ll also be announcing the results of our Executive Director search in late May, which I know everyone is curious about,” remarks outgoing president Sandy Brunelle. “Plus, we’ll have some exciting financial news.”