Demand has been so strong for tickets to the Folsom Symphony’s next concert, “Summer Symphony at the Movies” on June 2, the performance has nearly sold out. If you weren’t able to get tickets, there’s good news: The symphony is adding a second concert on Friday, June 1.
This makes three symphony sell-outs in a row. The February concert, “Music of the Heart” and both performances of “Glorious Beethoven!” in March played to completely full houses. To allow more people to hear Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony, the symphony invited patrons to its final rehearsal – a third performance – with enthusiastic response.
The added concert in June will be a formal concert, not a rehearsal. It is the symphony’s closing event this season and, in keeping with tradition, is a pops-style program. The repertoire consists of favorite original movie scores, highlighted by the “Star Wars Suite.” The others are: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park,” “The King’s Speech” (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7), “Dances With Wolves,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Platoon” (Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”) and a James Bond medley.
“Star Wars Suite” and “Dances With Wolves” won Oscars for best score. “The King’s Speech,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” were both nominated. “The King’s Speech,” “Dances With Wolves” and “Platoon” all won Oscars for best picture.
This performance caps the symphony’s eighth season, the most challenging repertoire the orchestra has yet produced. Musicians from other orchestras, at their request, joined the symphony for the opportunity to play Beethoven’s Ninth, universally considered one of the finest pieces of music ever written.
The orchestra performs under the leadership of Music Director Maestro Michael Neumann, who has conducted every performance since the symphony’s debut. Neumann is also highly regarded as music director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony.
“The community’s response to our concerts has been fabulous,” said symphony president Bruce Woodbury. “Under Maestro Neumann’s leadership, we bring beautiful music to the Folsom Lake region, and we are pleased so many people want to hear it. We will do everything we can to make our concerts available to everyone.”
“Summer Symphony at the Movies” will be presented June 1 and June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Stages main theater on the Folsom Lake College campus. Limited seating is available for the June 2 program. For tickets go to folsomsymphony.com under the tab “Tickets” or call (916) 608-6888.