Symphony in concert Saturday

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The Topeka Symphony will present music by Vaughn Williams, Liebermann, and Dvorak on Saturday in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. 

The 7:30 p.m. program, sponsored by the Topeka Symphony Endowment, will be led by the Topeka Symphony’s conductor, Kyle Wiley Pickett. 

Saturday’s concert will feature clarinetist Jon Manasse in a performance of Lowell Liebermann’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.”

The concert will open with the Overture to “The Wasps,” by Ralph Vaughn Williams.  “The overture,” said Pickett, “is a whimsical and charming little virtuoso showpiece for the orchestra.  It perfectly sets the tone for our concert of fresh and breezy music.” 

The program continues with the Liebermann Concerto, which was composed specifically for Manasse. 

Following intermission, the concert will conclude with “Symphony No. 8” by Antonin Dvorak.  Pickett says of this piece, “Dvorak’s 8th Symphony is one of those delightful symphonies that is chock-full of charm.  It will literally make you happy from start to finish, and it will be a wonderful way to conclude this exciting season with the TSO.”

An additional highlight of the concert will be the announcement of the dates and program content for the 2014-2015 Topeka Symphony concert season. 

Single tickets for the May 3 concert are $34, $29 and $24, with full-time students at half price. 

Saturday”s concert is preceded by an optional Symphony Supper at 5:30 p.m. in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Tickets to the Symphony Supper are $25 per person.  Reservations are required by May 1 by calling the Topeka Symphony. 

At 6:30 p.m., Pickett will present a “Concert Conversation” about the evening’s program which is free to ticket holders.

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