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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 18, 2018
FOR INFORMATION: (909) 587-5565

REDLANDS SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES ITS 18-19 SEASON, INVITING MUSIC LOVERS TO LET THEIR IMAGINATION TAKE FLIGHT

With a Christmas Concert, a Bernstein Celebration, and Members of the World-Famous Emerson String Quartet Performing Mozart – The Symphony’s 69th Season Soars to New Heights!

REDLANDS, CA – Maestro Ransom Wilson, Music Director and Conductor of the Redlands Symphony, has announced the orchestra’s concert programs for its 2018-19 season. Opening on Saturday, November 3, 2018, with a salute to the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, America’s most versatile composer, the Symphony’s 69th season offers a wide variety of musical programs that includes the first Christmas concert in decades.

“This season will showcase the creative genius of celebrated composers across the history of music,” says Maestro Wilson. “We’re excited to share it with music lovers everywhere and hope people will join us for what will be six remarkable concerts.”

Subscription renewals are currently underway and will last until September 14th. New subscriptions are also being accepted but will not be seated until renewals have ended. Single tickets go on sale September 17th.

The 18-19 Season Takes Flight

The new season opens on November 3, 2018, with The Genius of Bernstein, as the orchestra celebrates the composer’s 100th birthday. The concert opens with “Fanfare for American War Heroes” by William Grant STILL and includes BERNSTEIN’S Symphony No. 2 – The Age of Anxiety, which will be performed by renowned pianist Christopher O’Riley. Completing the program is Bernstein’s suite from ‘On the Waterfront’, selections from West Side Story, and the Candide Overture.

For the first time in decades, the Redlands Symphony will present a holiday concert: A Christmas Carol: The Concert, based on the classic novella by Charles Dickens, with music composed and arranged by Bob CHRISTIANSON, with lyrics and book adaptation by Alisa Hauser will be presented on Saturday, December 15, 2018. This staged musical concert includes five singing actors and the Inland Master Chorale under the direction of Dr. Joseph Modica. The musical score includes the Emmy-nominated song “No Trouble.”

“Since I arrived in Redlands, many people have asked me why the Redlands Symphony does not perform during the holiday season,” according to Wilson. “I believe we should, and now we will, with this wonderful musical-retelling of the classic Dickens’ Christmas story. It’s a marvelous piece of music, and we have already started work on the production, so it will be grand, entertaining, and memorable; the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season for the entire family.”

Season subscribers will be offered an opportunity to purchase additional single tickets for the holiday concert before they go on sale to the public. Group sales for this special performance are also available and can be arranged by calling (909) 587-5565. This concert would be an ideal way to gather larger groups of friends, family, employees, and members of an organization for a festive Christmas celebration.

On February 2, 2019, Maestro Wilson continues his exploration of the works of Mozart with a concert titled The Magic of Mozart. This concert will feature the solo appearance of Lawrence Dutton and Phil Setzer, members of the world-famous Emerson String Quartet, performing MOZART’S Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, K. 364. The program also includes Divertimento in D, K. 136, and Symphony No. 36 “Linz”, both by Mozart. Maestro Wilson will conduct.

“The appearance by members of the Emerson String Quartet with our orchestra here in Redlands will be a banner musical event,” according to Maestro Wilson. “They perform and are in demand throughout the world, and I am very excited they have agreed to play with us in Redlands.”

The Romance of Schumann, featuring the works of Romantic composer Robert SCHUMANN, is the theme of the Symphony’s concert on March 2, 2019. Maestro Wilson will conduct a program featuring Schumann’s Overture to Genoveva, op. 81, and Symphony No. 1 “Spring.” This concert will also feature a performance by the University of Redlands School of Music Concerto Competition Winner, with that program yet to be determined.

“We are pleased to be able to provide an outstanding young musician from the University’s School of Music with an opportunity to perform with a professional symphony orchestra,” explains Maestro Wilson. “This is part of the unique partnership between Redlands Symphony and the University of Redlands.”

The fifth concert in the Symphony’s 18-19 season features Heavenly Voices from the University of Redlands Chapel Singers performing the Gloria by VIVALDI and BACH’S Magnificat in D. The Chapel Singers are directed by Dr. Nicholle Andrews, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands. This concert will be performed on April 6, 2019. Maestro Wilson will conduct.

“Spirits will soar in this celebration of the human voice,” says Wilson. “Nearly 30 singers join the Redlands Symphony to breath life into two glorious masterworks. A night not to be missed.”

The 18-19 season will end on May 18, 2019, with The Glorious Gift of Birds, a program featuring STRAVINSKY’S Song of the Nightingale, VIVALDI’S Concerto for Flute in D. op. 10 no. 3 “Goldfinch,” RAUTAVAARA’S Concerto for Birds and Orchestra and the Swan Lake Suite, op 20a by TCHAIKOVSKY.

One of Redlands Symphony’s own, Sara Andon (Principal Flute), will perform as soloist. Maestro Ransom Wilson will conduct.

“I believe this is a most fitting end to our season of imagination,” says Wilson. “We invite everyone to take flight with us as we musically soar with the beautifully diverse colors of these works inspired by the bird world.”

Many Ways to Enjoy the Symphony

Prices for a full subscription of six concerts range from $67.50 to $315. A Pick-4 subscription that allows the subscriber to pick any four concerts of their choice, ranges from $51 to $238. Redlands Symphony also offers its Symphony Select card for $159. A Symphony Select card provides six tickets in the best seats available (excluding Golden Circle) at any concert on any date. Card holders can use two tickets per concert, all tickets at once, or in any other combination. Single tickets start at $15. There is a special discount for students, and University of Redlands students are always free. There are special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. More information is available by calling the Symphony office.

 Renewals for current subscribers are available now and will end on September 14th New subscriptions may also be purchased now but won’t be seated until after the renewal period ends. Single tickets go on sale September 17th. Symphony Select cards may be purchased at any time.

 To renew, purchase or find complete season information go to www.redlandssymphony.com or call the box office at (909) 587-5565. The Symphony office is located at 210 E. Citrus Avenue, in Redlands, California.

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MAESTRO RANSOM WILSON announces the Redlands Symphony’s 69th season, which features a Christmas concert, a Bernstein celebration, and members of the world-famous Emerson String Quartet performing Mozart. The season opens on Saturday, November 3, 2018, and closes on May 18, 2019. Subscription renewals and new subscriptions are available now. Renewals end on September 14th. Single tickets go on sale September 17th. Prices for a full subscription start at $67.50. Single tickets are available for $15. To renew, purchase or find complete season information go to www.redlandssymphony.com or call the box office at (909) 587-5565. The Symphony office is located at 210 E. Citrus Avenue in Redlands, California. (Photo by Eastman Music Company)

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