Sac Philharmonic, Opera celebrate Prince, Puccini

By From page B2 | August 02, 2017

The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera returns to the Community Center Theater stage for its 2017-18 season after another record-breaking year.

The Classics Series season will open on Oct. 14 with Brahams’ Symphony No. 1 and acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s dramatic interpretation of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Pine has performed regularly with the orchestra.

Mirroring the 2016-17 season’s Beethoven Festival, the 2017-18 season will boast a two weekend festival focusing on Russian composers. Internationally celebrated pianist Andrew von Oeyen will be in residency for the entirety of the Russian Festival. This six-concert Classics Series will conclude with one of the operatic repertoire’s most performed and beloved works, Puccini’s “Tosca,” on May 5, 2018.

The Pops Series will once again commence on Thanksgiving weekend with an unforgettable evening of the Music of Prince in honor of the music icon. Collaborating alongside the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera will be a rock band to perform Prince’s greatest hits. Tickets are expected to sell out. Purchasing a Pops Series subscription is strongly recommended to secure the Music of Prince tickets.

Pricing remains “patron-centric” and has not increased for the 2017-18 season. Subscription packages start at $135 for the six-concert Classics Series and $111 for the Pops Series. Packages for all patrons are now on sale and may be purchased by calling the box office at (916) 808-2000.

Repertoire, artists and conductors were programmed and selected by Erik Rӧnmark, artistic advisor to the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, who is also the vice president and general manager of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The 2017-18 season will be presented at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater at 8 p.m. and includes:


Saturday, Oct. 14: Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 1 and Brahams – Symphony No. 1 with Andrew Grams, conductor, and Rachel Barton Pine, violinist.

Saturday, Nov. 18: A Night at the Opera with arias and scenes from Mozart and Rossini operas, including “Don Giovanni,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Barber of Seville,” Sameer Patel will conduct.

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018: Russian Festival featuring Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain; Tchaikovsky– Piano Concerto No. 1; and Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances with Case Scaglione, conductor and Andrew von Oeyen, piano.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018: Russian Festival featuring Glinka – “Ruslan and Ludmilla” overture; Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3; and Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition with Mei-Ann Chen, conductor, and Andrew von Oeyen, piano.

Saturday, March 3, 2018: Tchaikovsky – Suite No. 4, “Mozartiana”; Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5; PÄRT – Fratres; and Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor and violin.

Saturday, May 5, 2018: Puccini’s “Tosca” with Christoph Campestrini as conductor.


Saturday, Nov. 25: Music of Prince – Symphonic Tribute. The Sacramento Philharmonic, backed by a full rock band, presents a symphonic tribute to Prince with Brent Havens, conductor.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018: “The Music of Abba.” Direct from Sweden, Arrival — the world’s foremost Abba tribute — band performs live in concert with the Sacramento Philharmonic.

Saturday, April 28, 2018: Hooray for Hollywood. Movie melodies from Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters: “The Godfather,” “James Bond,” “Rocky,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Jaws,” “E.T.,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Star Wars” and more. Stuart Chafetz will be the conductor.

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