The Sacramento Philharmonic kicks off its new season this September. If you’re a music lover, here’s what you need to know:
New season ticket buyers can now purchase tickets for seats previously held by 2011-12 season ticket holders. Incentives for season ticket purchases include a 15 percent early-bird discount for a three-concert package cost, with ticket prices as low as $51 and four-concert packages starting at $71. The 15 percent early-bird discount ends Aug. 3.
Tickets can be ordered at www.sacphil.org or by calling (916) 732-9045. Philharmonic staff members are available to answer questions and offer assistance. Callers can also request a copy of the 2012-13 brochure for more information about the Sixteenth Anniversary Season.
Something new for the “Sweet Sixteen” Season: A complimentary backstage reception before all evening concerts, with refreshments in the orchestra “green room” will offer a rare glimpse into backstage life. Green Room Receptions are being offered exclusively to season ticket holders. They also receive free ticket exchange privileges, e-mail newsletters, and information about philharmonic events throughout the year. Their 15 percent discount can also be used to buy extra tickets for family and friends.
Single event tickets
Single tickets for the 2012-13 performances will go on sale Aug. 3. Those interested in single tickets should call the Community Center Theater box office at (916) 808-5181.
2012-13 program highlights
All concerts for the season will be held at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Evening concerts feature an earlier performance start time at 7:30 p.m. and the free “Speaking of Music” pre-concert lecture series beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m.: ¡Viva la música! A tribute to great Latino composers from several cultures.
• Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.: Prodigies — Beethoven and Beyond! Piano Concerto No. 1, Conrad Tao-piano; Haydn-Symphony No. 103
• Saturday, Jan.12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.: The Astonishing Rachel Barton Pine, Sibelius-Violin Concerto in D Minor; Brahms-Symphony No. 4
• Saturday, April 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.: Mozart and More, Coronation Mass with Sacramento Opera Chorus; Ravel-Mother Goose Suite
More popular programming
Family concerts are back on the bill. Sponsored by Target with additional support from the Sacramento Bee Book of Dreams Project, the Heroes! themed concert on Saturday Feb. 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. will feature special low prices of $13 for adults and $8 for children.
One of the Philharmonic’s most popular annual events, the Beer, Brats & Beethoven festival, will be Thursday, Oct 4. This year’s event will feature the Old World charm of Courtyard D’Oro in Old Sac. Tickets are $30 and include beer, German fare and music.
Additional information about concerts, featured works, guest artists, the orchestra and special events can be found a sacphil.org.
Support the new season
Contributions can be made securely on the Philharmonic website at sacphil.org or sent to the Sacramento Philharmonic, 2617 K St., Suite 200, Sacramento 95816 and are tax-deductible as provided by law. The Philharmonic is a Nonprofit Public Benefit 501 (c) 3 organization, EIN No. 91-1841406.