Symphony plans Saturday concert

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The Topeka Symphony will present “Tchaikovsky to Berlioz” on Saturday in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus.  The 7:30 p.m. program will be conducted by conductor candidate Brendan Townsend. 

The concert will open with Celebration Overture by Lee Actor and close with Symphonie Fantastique, Opus 14a by Hector Berlioz.

Featured guest soprano, Sylvia Stoner, will perform Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky and Csárdás from Die Fledermaus by Strauss. Stoner is director of opera and a member of the Washburn University voice faculty. A diverse professional singer and actor, she has performed across the country in opera and theater. She recently appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Opera. Other opera credits include the Des Moines Metro Opera, Shreveport Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Kentucky Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas Concert Opera and the Kansas City Puccini Festival. She is planning to premiere the roles of Emma and the Worm Queen in the opera, Darwin, with the New Ear Ensemble this spring.

Townsend is an Irish conductor who currently serves as music director of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and also holds a current teaching position at Texas A&M International University. 

At 6:30 p.m. Kelly Huff, Washburn professor of music history, will present an informal talk about the evening’s program in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. The concert preview is free to all ticket holders and reservations are not required. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Single tickets are $32, $27 and $22, and full-time students are half-price. To order tickets, or for more information, contact the Symphony office at: or 785-232-2032.  You can also visit the Symphony website

The Topeka Symphony is sponsored in part by Washburn University.

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