2017-2018 Season

CLASSICAL SERIES

HANDEL’S “MESSIAH”

With LietoVoices! and Featured Soloists

Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 2:00 pm

Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Composed in just over 3 weeks,the Baroque-era oratorio. “Messiah,” has become a Southern Utah tradition and worldwide holiday favorite. The Southwest Symphony joins with LietoVoices! and featured soloists to present selections such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “Glory to God” and the venerated “Hallelujah.”

*Special thanks to Dixie State University and local businesses who make this concert possible.


FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Josh Wright plays the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto

Friday, January 26, 2018 | 7:30 pm

With the reputation as one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the classical repertoire, Billboard #1 artist and National Chopin competition prizewinner, Josh Wright, demonstrates his technical brilliance through his performance of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd piano concerto. A unique combination of power, poetry and speed, the “Rach 3” is a dazzling display of virtuosity juxtaposed with plush,melancholy melodies. This all-Russian program pays homage to the composer who inspired Rachmaninoff himself- the legendary Tchaikovsky with a performance of his 4th symphony.


SALUTE TO YOUTH

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 7:30 pm

The tradition continues as the Southwest Symphony showcases the extraordinary talents of young musicians from the region. These dedicated musicians compete for a chance to perform a concerto movement with the Southwest Symphony. Years of practice and commitment have prepared them for this moment. Be prepared to be captivated as we applaud their artistry.


THE MASTERS – BEETHOVEN AND BRAHMS

With Dr. Paul Abegg and Dr. Ka-Wai Yu

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 7:30 pm

The double concerto for violin and cello is the remarkable realization of Johannes Brahms’ creation of sound that transcends musical limits. Performed by Dr. Paul Abegg and Dr. Ka-wai Yu, the depths of the cello and the heights of the violin are displayed through a harmonious companionship in rapid passages of unified octaves. The concert concludes with one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works,his 3rd symphony, “Eroica,” providing an extraordinary finale.

ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR: THE PHANTOM RETURNS!

With St. George Dance Company

Friday, October 27, 2017  |  7:30 pm

The hauntingly beautiful melodies of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Think of Me” and “Music of the Night” will
be performed by the Symphony Phantom and the lovely Christine. Under the glow of the midnight moon, the St. George Dance Company will cast their Halloween spells on all who enter. Experience the thrill of the symphony phantom like never before!

*New this year! Costume contest from 6-7pm in the Cox lobby with CASH prizes for youth ages 3-17 and adults age 18 and older. Family-friendly costumes only please. No masks. Winners will be announced at the end of the concert from the stage. Must be present to win.


ROB GARDNER – LAMB OF GOD

With LietoVoices! and Featured Soloists

Friday, March 30, 2018 | 7:30 pm

“Lamb of God” recounts the events of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of those who
loved Him and knew Him best: Peter, John, Thomas, Mary and Martha of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, and His mother Mary. Composed by Rob Gardner, this stirring oratorio blends the talents of the Southwest Symphony with the singing of LietoVoices! and featured soloists. “Lamb of God” is a divine, awe-inspiring masterpiece.
A perfect companion to the Easter celebration.

*Last year this event sold out. Please get your tickets early.


PIRATES, DRAGONS AND FIREBIRDS: MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES

With Grammy-nominated violinist Lisa Dondlinger

Friday, May 18, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Performing original arrangements combining the scores of major motion pictures and classical music masterpieces, Lisa Dondlinger will thrill audiences in this symphony season finale concert. A regular performer with mega superstar Celine Dion, Lisa has recorded with top artists including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder. Hailed by Peabo Bryson as “the finest first chair in the business,” Lisa blends the flawless technique of a classical violinist with the charisma of a leading artist in this unforgettable performance!”