Autumn is in the air: children are returning to school, cooler weather, and the company of family and friends during the holidays. Allow the Abilene Philharmonic to help you escape with performances of thrilling live music.
On October 27th, the Abilene Philharmonic presents Masterworks II and brings to life Borodin’s exciting Polovtsian Dances, Schumann’s evocative Piano Concerto and Prokofiev’s epic Symphony No. 5. The concert features the internationally acclaimed pianist Alexander Schimpf.
Born in Göttingen, Mr. Schimpf began his musical training as a schoolboy with Wolfgang Manz in Hanover; he later attended the College of Music in Dresden where he studied with Winfried Apel and also spent many years training with Bernd Glemser in Würzburg. Ever since Mr. Schimpf won both the 2008 German Music Competition and the 2009 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, and now with his victory in Cleveland, he is becoming recognized as a rising young-generation artist, now regularly invited to perform around the world.
Following up to last season’s success, the Abilene Philharmonic is excited to continue our groundbreaking chamber concert series, The Nocturne Project. This season the Philharmonic presents two concerts – the first on November 17, 2012 and the second on March 23, 2013. Featuring the tremendous talent found on our stage – without a conductor – The Nocturne Project is a remarkable experience both for the audience and musicians.
The November concert will be performed at The Church of the Heavenly Rest and the March concert at Hardin-Simmons University.
Our 2012-2013 Pops Concert Series continues the tradition of bringing outstanding performances from up-and-coming, as well as, nationally-acclaimed artists. On December 1st, ring in the holiday spirit with Holiday Pops. This series features two Saturday concerts: an afternoon Matinee and a full evening performance.
The Matinee performance, beginning at 3:00pm, features a shorter, family-friendly version of the evening performance, including a sing-along, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and all of your well-known favorites. This performance is appropriate for children of all ages. Special ticket prices apply to this performance.
The evening performance, beginning at 8:00pm, features a longer program and is appropriate for older children and adults. Both performances will include all of your holiday favorites and features guest artists Niki Scalara, Travis Cloer, the ACU Faculty Jazz Ensemble and the UNT Chamber Choir.
The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, is comprised of some of this country’s finest musicians. Artistic excellence, innovative programming, education, and community engagement are hallmarks of its mission.
In its 62nd year, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Abilene’s oldest performing arts organizations. The Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene and draws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities.
For more information about the Abilene Philharmonic or ticket purchases, visit www.abilenephilharmonic.org. or call 325-677-6710.