The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) concludes its worldwide journey of musical cultures of this 63rd season with a jaunt around the Russian countryside in “Russian Nights." Guest pianist Sean Chen, winner of the Crystal Award at the 14th Annual Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2013, joins the orchestra for a season finale concert not to be forgotten.
Symphony of Southeast Texas "Russian Nights"
April 16, 2016
Julie Rogers Theatre
765 Pearl St
Beaumont, TX 77701
Chen will dazzle the audience with his virtuosic playing of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major. Chen has been hailed as a “charismatic rising star with exceptional ability to connect with an audience” and empowered by his impressive virtuosity. He was named the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association and continues to earn accolades for performances that are “dazzlingly executed, full of colors and nuance.”
“Russian Nights” will open with the spirited “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich marked by typical Russian bravura and brilliance. Then, joining the orchestra will be the Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus under the direction of Dr. James Han performing Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”
“I love the design of the ‘Chichester Psalms,’ and it is so much fun for the choir to perform,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton, II. "The work is filled with jaunting rhythms, melodies, and of course that heartfelt magic Bernstein wonderfully creates,” Tipton added.
The last piece of the evening closes out the season in spectacular fashion with the “Polovetsian Dances” of Aleksandr Borodin and its recognizable melodies and themes.
Single tickets prices range from $18 to $45 for adults and $15 to $41 for seniors and students. Parking is free. Contact the Symphony office for more information, (409) 892-5557.