MARQUETTE - Jacob Chi is extremely enthusiastic about the upcoming season for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.
"I think this season is going to be very good," said Chi, the principal conductor of the MSO, who's also a full professor of music at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He spoke via telephone during a break between teaching classes.
"We're starting off with a pops concert," Chi said. "It features all American music from Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein. It's the high end of pops, like Bernstein's 'West Side Story.' It's music that people will really enjoy."
Jacob Chi conducts the Marquette Symphony Orchestra during a recent concert. This season’s opening show Sept. 27 has the MSO performing a program of pop classics. (MSO?photo)
The season opener has the MSO performing a combination of pop classics including: George Gershwin's "Cuban Adventure" and "An American In Paris"; Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man"; and Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story."
The first concert of the season is set for Saturday, Sept. 28 in Marquette's Kaufman Auditorium but that's just the beginning of what promises to be an interesting season.
"The second concert (Nov. 16) features local soloists," Chi said. "And we will be doing (Dmitri) Shostakovich's '10th Symphony' which debuted in 1953, so it's the 60th anniversary of that. I am pretty excited about that."
The 2013-2014 Marquette Symphony Orchestra schedule:
Sept. 28, Pops Concert: This performance will include Gershwin's "Cuban Overture" and "An American in Paris," Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and Bernstein's "West Side Story."
Nov. 16: Winter is welcomed with compositions by Ketelbey, Debussy and "Symphony No. 10" by Shostakovich.
Dec. 14: A commissioned work By Tom LaVoy based on the Italian Hall disaster in Calumet is presented. This concert will also feature familiar Holiday Music.
March 1: The symphony will perform Mendelssohn's "Italian Symphony." The MSO will present the winner of the fourth annual Youth Concerto Competition for Strings.
May 17: This concert will include: Prokofiev's "March from Love of the 3 Oranges," Elgar's "Enigma Variations," and Rachmaninoff's "3rd Piano Concerto" with returning soloist Daniel Lessner.
The Dec. 14 concert features a commissioned work by Tom LaVoy based on the Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet along with holiday music, then the MSO moves into the second half of its 2013-14 season.
"We will present the winner of the youth concerto (competition)," Chi said of the March 1 event. "And we will be doing Mendelssohn, something totally different, very elegant and nice.
"Then the last concert of the season (May 17) features (Sergei) Rachmaninoff's '3rd Piano Concerto' with a wonderful pianist, David Lessner, who is just great. Marquette enjoyed him so much when he was here before."
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
Season tickets are still available as well individual concert tickets. Adult ticket prices for the concert range from $17-$32. Student tickets are $12 and children 12 and under are $9.
Tickets may be purchased at any Northern Michigan University EZ Ticket Outlet including the NMU Bookstore, the Superior Dome or Forest Roberts Theater. Concert tickets are as well as www.nmu.edu/tickets or by phone at (906) 227-1032. EZ Ticket sales are available until noon Friday, Sept. 27 for the opening event.
Tickets can be purchased at Kaufman Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the concert.
For this first event, a pre-concert dinner is offered at the Landmark Inn's Sky Room. Cost of the dinner is $50 and seating for this fundraising event is limited, so pre-registration is needed by Sunday and can be made by contacting MSO Business Manager Marcia Parkkonen via phone 906-360-1590 or email at email@example.com.
Chi, who also is the music director/conductor for the Pueblo (Colo.) Symphony Orchestra, is quite pleased with the musicians in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.
"The orchestra keeps getting better and better," he said. "We are doing things we've never done before. It's great."
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.