From cinematic adventures to beloved contemporary classics, the LSO is bringing one of its most exciting seasons yet.

The Lethbridge Symphony announced their 2017-2018 Season at the awesome 56th Season finale on May 8, 2017.

Beginning with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending right through to the final notes of George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, the 57th Season of the Lethbridge Symphony showcases cinematic adventures in The Hunger Games and Star Trek as well as classics by Beethoven. The worlds of orchestra and ballet harmonise in an enduring Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker, and in Series 4 the Symphony takes Lethbridge on a trip to Vienna: City of Dreams.

“Every year, our programming raises the bar. Every Symphony Season is a new opportunity for the orchestra to broaden their horizons, have lots of fun and most importantly, entertain our audiences,” enthuses Music Director Glenn Klassen. “We want Lethbridge to know that orchestral works don’t have to be boring or stuffy. In fact, a lot of them are the complete opposite and this year’s selections show just that.”

As usual, many talented artists from across Southern Alberta will give guest performances with the Symphony, including the Vox Musica choir, the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop, ballet dancers from our community, violinist Airdrie Robinson, the LCI Singers, Ventus Women’s Choir, the U of L Conservatory Choirs, Sinfonia Allegro, the Chinook Chamber Singers, and the 17th Young Artist Competition winner, violinist Yan Li from Calgary.

“This year offers such a broad variety of music, as well as a broad variety of guests. There really is something for everyone,” notes Board President, Doug Emek. “We are very fortunate to collaborate with so many talented artists and to perform with them for our supportive audiences.”

The Symphony’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, July 18 at Paradise Canyon is always an afternoon of fun on the green, and Love Notes, debuting in a new March time slot, promises a unique and exciting twist with Camelot, where costumes are encouraged. Both fundraisers are always quite popular, so make sure to snag your tickets early.

In addition, the Symphony will present three Extras, two of which will feature the Musaeus string quartet, held at the more intimate La Cité des Prairies. Canada’s 150th, Tempting Trios and Chamber Finale offer performances by Graeme Roset, piano; Deanna Oye, piano; Mark Rodgers, cello; Peter Visentin, violin, and Catherine McLaughlin, bass. Following tradition, each event will be followed by a post-concert Meet & Greet with the artists.

Curated subscriptions and more flexible Compose Your Own packages for Season 57 range from $63.75 – $382.50, and are available anytime online. For the more personal touch, call 403.328.6808 or visit our office inside the 11th Street entrance to Southminster Hall (1 – 5 PM, Monday through Friday until Victoria Day, then Tuesday through Thursday). Download the Season Brochure for more information.