The Hendersonville Symphony expands Concert Season

The Hendersonville (NC) Symphony’s 2019-2020 concert season will include five performances by the professional orchestra and four additional concerts as part of its new “Hendersonville Symphony Presents” series.

Pianist Kathryn Brown

Season tickets are now on sale for the Symphony’s primary five-concert series. This season’s orchestra concerts will each provide an opportunity to experience the most outstanding repertoire for symphony orchestra, ranging from classical repertoire to well-known more popular music from stage and screen. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m., except the December 14 holiday concert at 3:00 p.m., and will be performed at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference / Concert Hall.

Symphony season ticket prices are: $200 for a single, reserved seat for all five concerts. Enrolled students of any age are $40. A single adult general admission symphony concert ticket is $45. For season ticket holders from the 2018-2019 season who have not renewed their seats, the Symphony will do all it can to help secure the best seats available (past-season seats are not guaranteed as the renewal deadline has passed and all non-renewed seats are now available to the public).

The new additional series of concerts, titled “Hendersonville Symphony Presents” will offer four concerts featuring a broad range of traditional music genres in exciting new venues. The artists showcased span the spectrum of musical backgrounds; from Austin to Asheville, to Nashville, and even Switzerland. Ticket pricing and availability will be announced by July 1.

“The 2019-2020 season bodes to be another year of exciting symphonic music at its very best, with the addition of this new series of informal concerts taking place in new venues around the county,” said Pat Tukey, HSO executive director. “Every season, Conductor Thomas Joiner strives to bring something fresh and new from the world of symphonic music to our audiences. This upcoming symphony concert series is certainly going to uphold that vision.”

Zachary De Pue, violinist.

The symphony season will open on Saturday, September 7 with “American Icons.” The audience will revel in the melodies, magic and memories of American musical icons, drawing inspiration from the mountains, New York’s jazz clubs and the Maine coastline in summer. Guest pianist Kathryn Brown will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the orchestra. Among the generous amount of music included will be tributes to Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and highlighted by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s orchestral highlights from “Carousel.”

On Saturday, October 12, “The City of Music” will be the theme of a concert that shines a spotlight on Vienna (Austria), a world music capital where more famous composers lived than any other city worldwide. From beloved Strauss waltzes and polkas to renowned repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, the orchestra will shine in its performace of the world’s greatest music. Guest artist violinist Zachary DePue will join the orchestra for several works.

“Holidays Around the World” on Saturday, December 14 will create a musical journey that offers a glimpse into the traditions, customs and music that make the holidays special. From Chase’s “Around the World at Christmas Time,” to Alfred’s “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” to Holcombe’s “Festive Sounds of Hanukkah,” symphonic music spanning the globe will highlight the holiday season with the symphony.

On Saturday, March 28, “Once Upon A Time” will feature three composers who musically depict the classic tale of good versus evil. The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Suite,” Menken’s selections from the popular “Beauty and the Beast” and two movements from Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique.” Also, the Hendersonville Symphony’s Young Artist Competition winner for 2019 will perform with the orchestra.

Rounding out the season will be a concert titled “Food, Glorious Food,” celebrating the connection between music, food and drink. Selections from the baroque to the 20th century will include stories of composers who loved their food. Featured will be Bach’s “Coffee Cantata,” Hemperdinck’s overture to “Hansel and Gretl,” Vaughn Williams’ “March of the Kitchen Utensils” and Sondheim’s symphonic suite from “Sweeney Todd.” Guest vocalists Danielle Knox, Adrian Smith and Grant Knox will join in the creative revelry at this concert.

“Henderson County is truly blessed with the cultural asset that is the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra,” said Tukey. “Our professional symphony adds significantly to the rich tapestry of our mountain home. We invite everyone to be a part of our wonderful 2019-2020 season full of thrilling live symphonic music.”

Both symphony season and single tickets are now on sale for upcoming season. All tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Symphony office at 828-697-5884.

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth
and adults.

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