Symphony orchestra to kick off 57th seasonPublished 10:48am Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Austin Symphony Orchestra will get a little Celtic this Sunday.
The first concert of the orchestra’s 57th season will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, inside Knowlton Auditorium at Austin High School.
The theme, “Once Upon a Celtic Carnival,” will feature a variety of Celtic music, some well-known Irish melodies and some exciting new music rooted in the Celtic tradition.
Guest artist Kevin Kling will narrate a story about the legendary Finn MacCool, a mythical Irish giant and hero. He will be accompanied by the music of Victor Zupanc, entitled “The Burning Wisdom of Finn McCool.” Many Irish instruments will be featured in this work.
Kling and fellow guest artist Darrin Sellers will share the stage with maestro Stephen Ramsey, who is starting his 20th year with the orchestra. Kling is a well-known Minnesota playwright and storyteller whose commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His storytelling stage shows like “Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log,” deliver hilarious, often tender stories.
Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.
Darrin Sellers, cellist, will perform “Adagio on Celtic Themes” by Bruch. Sellers is a 2008 graduate of Austin High School and graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Music in cello performance. Sellers has participated in music festivals nationally and internationally and has studied conducting with the internationally renowned Japanese native, Akira Mori.
Also heard on Sunday’s concert will be “Irish Suite” by Anderson, “Reel Kool!” by Culross and “Irish Rhapsody No.1” by Stanford.
In addition, on Monday, Oct. 28, the ASO will perform two children’s concerts for about 2,200 area fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.
Admission is $15 for adults at the door or $12 in advance at Coffee on Main or Hy-Vee. Students, age 5–18 are free when accompanied by an adult. Season tickets are available for all four concerts. The price of an adult season ticket is $50; however, during this membership drive, first time subscribers to the ASO pay only $25 for a season ticket. Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed on Dec. 15 at St. Augustine Church. Pianists Roberto Plano and Paola Del Negro will be performing at the March 2 concert, which also features the Austin High School concert choir, under the direction of Brian Johnson. The final concert of the season with be the Young Artists Concert on April 13. Go to www.austinmnsymphony.org or www.kevinkling.com for more information.
Austin Symphony Orchestra
What: First show of the orchestra’s 57th season
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: AHS’s Knowlton Auditorium
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Season tickets: $50 for adults, $25 for first time ASO subscribers during membership drive