2019-2020 Season


Memphis Symphony Orchestra
The University of Memphis
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The 2019-2020 Concert Season is Here! 

If you are a current subscriber please contact our Box Office in order to renew your seat. Call 901-537-2525 or email at tickets@memphissymphony.org. Subscribe today! General tickets go on sale August 1st! Opening Weekend! Special Concert with Opera Superstar Jessye Norman goes on sale July 1st

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In partnership with opera memphis

Robert Moody, conductor, and Jessye Norman, voice
September 28, 2019 at 7:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts 
Dvorak My Home Overture, Saint-Saens aria from Samson et Dalila, Nielsen Symphony No. 4
R. Strauss Three Songs for soprano and orchestra, Music of Rodgers, Bernstein, and Ellington
Operatic superstar, Kennedy Center Honoree, National Medal of the Arts recipient by President Obama,
Jessye Norman joins your Memphis Symphony Orchestra in concert! An historic night for MSO and all of Memphis!
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MASTERWORKS, Presented by Paul and Linnea Bert

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MW #1 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV SCHEHEREZADE: October 26/27, 2019 – David Neely, guest conductor and Greg Luscombe, trombone
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Still Festive Overture, Shilkret “Tommy Dorsey” Concerto,  and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade
MSO’s own Greg Luscombe plays a work written for Tommy Dorsey.  David Neely leads the orchestra in a powerful work by composer Williams Grant Still, and one of the most famous of all works – Scheherazade!


MW #2 THE THREE B'S! BACH, BEETHOVEN & BRAHMS: November 23/24, 2019 – Robert Moody, conductor and Ben Beilman, violin
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:30pm | GPAC 
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3, Beethoven Violin Concerto, and Brahms Symphony No. 3
“The Three B’s!”  Maestro Moody and Ben Beilman – one of the top violinists in the world – join MSO for an amazing journey through the music of giants Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.  A surprise encore may even be in the works!


MW #3 MAHLER AND MARIMBA! FEATURING ZURI WELLS & MARY WILSON: January 18/19, 2020 – Robert Moody, conductor, Zuri Wells, marimba and Mary Wilson, soprano
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:30pm | GPAC 
Sibelius Finlandia, Abe Prism Marimba Concerto, and Mahler Symphony No. 4
Rising percussion star Zuri Wells plays composer Keiko Abe’s awesome marimba concerto.  Top soprano Mary Wilson joins for Mahler’s powerful 4th Symphony.  And we begin with one of the most famous of all themes – Finlandia!


MW #4 STRAVINSKY'S THE FIREBIRD SUITE: February 29/March 1, 2020 –Robert Moody, conductor and Bryan Wallick, piano
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2:30pm | GPAC
Patterson Ventures on the Bluff, Grieg Piano Concerto, Gandolfi World Premiere, & Stravinsky Firebird Suite
Music of MSO’s own Robert Patterson, and world premiere written for MSO by Michael Gandolfi, commissioned by Paul and Linnea Bert!  One of the most famous of all piano concertos, and Stravinsky Firebird make this a can’t miss experience!


MW #5 DON QUIXOTE AND MAN OF LA MANCHA: March 21/22, 2020 –Robert Moody, conductor and Zuill Bailey, cello
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 2:30pm | GPAC
Ravel Don Quichotte a Dulcinee, R. Strauss Don Quixote, and Leigh Man of La Mancha Concert Suite
Maestro Moody takes MSO on a complete journey of “Don Quixote,” from the great depth of compositions by Ravel and Richard Strauss, to the power of “The Impossible Dream.”  Grammy winner Zuill Bailey headlines this amazing concert!


MW #6 "CARMINA BURANA!" WITH THE MSO CHORUS & ORFF CHILDREN'S CHOIR: April 25/26, 2020 –Robert Moody, conductor, Memphis Symphony Chorus/University Singers, Orff Children’s choir
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 7:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, April 26, 2019 at 2:30pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Bates Children of Adam and Orff Carmina Burana
The world’s most famous choral work in concert!  Orff Carmina Burana will feature 230 voices on stage!  Concert opens with a new work exploring stories of The Creation from Grammy nominee/Kennedy Center composer Mason Bates!


Memphis POPS!  

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Pops #1 Rock & Soul: October 12, 2019 – Kalena Bovell, conductor
Saturday, October 12, 2019
An Orchestral Tribute to Soul & Pop!                               
MSO kicks off the Pops season right! Singer Gavin Hope (star of Rent, member of the famed a cappella group “The Nylons”) joins MSO and will have you singing and dancing to some of the greatest soul and pop hits ever recorded!


Pops #2 MAGIC OF MEMPHIS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: December 21/22, 2019 – Robert Moody and Kalena Bovell, conductors
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
MSO’s Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular!     
This year’s production will of course include beloved favorites, like the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long and Sleigh Ride.  New features tell the touching musical story of a soldier trying to get home for the holidays, and a powerful new presentation of the Nativity.  Make Magic your family’s new tradition in 2019!                                                                   


Pops #3 AMY GRANT: January 25, 2020 – Kalena Bovell, conductor, Amy Grant, vocalist
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
An Evening with Pop Superstar Amy Grant!
From “My Father’s Eyes” to “Baby, Baby,” Tennessee’s own Amy Grant has been a mainstay of Christian Contemporary and Pop culture for nearly forty years!  MSO is honored to welcome this multi-Grammy winner to Memphis, for an unforgettable night at the Cannon Center!


Pops #4 RHAPSODY IN BLUE: April 18, 2020 – Robert Moody, conductor
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm | Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring guest artists Vanessa Thomas, vocalist, and Tamir Hendelman, jazz piano
Robert Moody leads pops, featuring Rhapsody in Blue!
A true “Night at the Pops” with Maestro Moody, MSO, and a star-studded cast!  Jazz star Tamir Hendelman has performed Natalie Cole and Barbra Streisand, and his rendition of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody” is not to be missed!  Vanessa Thomas travels the world with Doc Severinsen, and wows audiences with music  from Puccini Opera to Gospel and Blues.  MSO plays the great Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Robert Moody hosts and conducts.  It doesn’t get better than this!

Paul & Linnea Bert’s CLASSIC ACCENTS

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CA #1 BEETHOVEN'S 4TH AND MOZART'S 21ST: November 9/10, 2019 – Christopher Ward, guest conductor, and Michelle Cann, piano
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm | Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm | GPAC
Weber  Overture to Der Freischutz, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21,
Walker Lyric for Strings, and Beethoven Symphony No. 4
British conductor makes his American debut with music of European master composers Weber, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Pianist Michelle Cain debuts with MSO, and a powerful work of George Walker rounds out the program!


CA #2 VIVALDI AND PIAZZOLA FOUR SEASONS: February 22/23, 2020 – Harvey Felder, conductor
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm | Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm | GPAC
Vivaldi The Four Seasons, and Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Four violin soloists (from both MSO and the UofM, as well as two young prodigy violinists) will be featured on this concert.  Vivaldi’s most famous “Four Seasons” is inter-woven with the amazing Tango-inspired “Four Seasons” of Argentina’s great composer Astor Piazzolla!


CA #3 RAVEL, BIZET, AND MAHLER!: May 16/17, 2020 – Robert Moody, conductor, Philip Himebook, tenor, and Hyung Yun, baritone

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm | Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 2:30 pm | Playhouse on the Square

Ravel Scenes from Mother Goose, Bizet duet from The Pearl Fishers, and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Two powerhouse opera singers, Mahler’s powerhouse “Song of the Earth,” and Ravel’s amazingly beautiful music inspired by five stories from “Mother Goose.”  A perfect concert for Spring, and a perfect way to conclude our phenomenal season!


Sunday November 2, 2019 at 7:30pm | Christ Methodist Church
HANDEL'S MESSIAH: Robert Moody, conductor Memphis Symphony Chorus, Dr. Lawrence Edwards, director
Thursday, December 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Lindenwood Christian Church 

Handel   Messiah


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