The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra with David Stewart Wiley, Music Director, presents a new season of concerts beginning this fall. The 2009-2010 season, entitled Journeys, includes a series of nine Masterworks concerts in Roanoke as well as three Picnic at the Pops series events in Salem. An additional performance featuring the Roanoke Symphony Chorus performing Handel’s Messiah is presented in December.
The season begins October 5, 2009 with the Opening Night concert of the Masterworks series. Included in the Masterworks series are six programs performed in nine concerts in a combination of Sunday afternoon and Monday evening performances at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre and Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center. The series embarks on a virtual journey around the world, with varied symphonic repertoire in programs such as “Ports of Call,” “Romantic Getaway” [on Valentine’s Day], and a tour of American classics in “An American Landscape.”
In March 2010, the Roanoke Symphony Chorus is featured in a Masterworks program that includes Mozart’s remarkable human testament, Requiem. Masterworks soloists include violinist Natasha Korsakova in October, clarinetist Jon Manasse in January, and pianist Tavit Tashjian in February. Masterworks ticket buyers may choose between two discounted ticket packages: the Masterworks Subscription for all programs, or the create-your-own ticket package, “Pick3.”
The RSO’s Picnic at the Pops series includes three concerts during the 2009-2010 season; offering a choice of table seating or stadium seating, presented at the Salem Civic Center. Concertgoers enjoy a unique experience with full symphony orchestra, popular artists, and a casual atmosphere that begins well before the music begins. [Doors open 1-1/2 hours before concert time.] This year’s Pops series begins with Natalie Cole and RSO on November 5, 2009 at 8:00 p.m., and continues with the RSO’s popular and traditional Holiday Pops Spectacular on December 11th at 7:00 p.m. Tenor soloist and Roanoke native, George Dyer, along with the Roanoke Symphony Chorus and Roanoke College Children’s Choir join the RSO on stage for Holiday Pops. Rounding out the Pops series is New Orleans star Aaron Neville & Quintet with Charles Neville and RSO on April 9, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. The series is sponsored by A Friend of the RSO.
Reservations are open now for series subscriptions, with single-event tickets going on sale August 24th. To subscribe, contact the RSO box office located on the 2nd floor of Jefferson Center in Roanoke. Phone (540) 343-9127 or visit www.rso.com.