The Venice Symphony Announces 2020-21 Season

Music director/conductor Troy Quinn leads the orchestra and guest soloists in 17 concerts.

By Kay Kipling April 10, 2020

Venice Symphony music director and conductor Troy Quinn.

The Venice Symphony may have had to postpone its Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks, originally set for May 23 at CoolToday Park in North Port in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves (it’s rescheduled to May 29, 2021) because of COVID-19 concerns, ending its 2019-20 season early. But the good news is that the symphony has announced its 2020-21 season as we look forward to the fall.

Executive director Christine Kasten says that patrons “can’t wait to get back to the Symphony to see this truly dynamic concert program.” The 2019-20 season, under the direction of music director/conductor Troy Quinn, sold out 16 of 17 concerts at the 1,100-seat Venice Performing Arts Center. And Quinn says, “I am overwhelmed by the response to last season and wanted to create an even more exciting and diverse program for the upcoming season.”

The programs will include masterworks by Brahms, Schumann, Stravinsky and Mendelssohn, along with contemporary classics, music from Broadway, Hollywood, opera and more. Here’s the lineup.

Trumpet soloist Thomas Hooten.

Image: Rob Shanahan

Kicking off the 47th season Nov. 20 and 21 will be “Brahms and The Boys,” with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor. Principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Thomas Hooten will perform on Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major, and modern piece God Only Knows and Smetana’s Overture from The Bartered Bride round out the program.

The symphony will ring in the holidays Dec. 18 and 19 in a “Holly Jolly Holiday” fashion, a time-honored tradition with a twist as classic carols and Chanukah music are featured. Key Chorale returns to perform Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah as well, and of course there will be a sing-a-long.

 The year 2021 commences with “Under the Big Top: A Tribute to the Circus,” Jan. 8 and 9, as selections from Gypsy, The Lion King and Swan Lake blend with video and images from the Ringling Circus Museum. Guest soloist Coya Bailey Jones will perform “Never Enough” from the film about P.T Barnum, The Greatest Showman.

World-renowned piper Eric Rigler will reprise his original performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic, along with music from Braveheart, in “A Night at the Oscars,” Feb. 5 and 6. There will also be music from Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Rocky and many more Hollywood films.

Piper Eric Rigler

Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck will be featured on Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor in “Superheroes and Schumann,” Feb. 26 and 27. The “superheroes” part of the performances will also include The Dark World of Thor, with stops in the Marvel and DC universe.

The score of the film epic Ben-Hur, followed by intermezzos from Mascagni and Puccini, the theme from Game of Thrones, the Overture from William Tell, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“The Italian Symphony”) will usher in “Game of Romes,” March 26 and 27.

Guest violinist Fabiola Kim.

And with “Fantasy, Firebird and Fabiola,” April 23 and 24, the symphony will close the season with guest violinist Fabiola Kim soloing on Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and music from Chariots of Fire and How to Train Your Dragon carry out the theme of the concerts, which conclude with Stravinsky’s landmark The Firebird Suite.

Season subscriptions and packages of four or more concerts are available now by mail only. Individual concerts and online sales begin Aug. 24, 2020. For more concert info, including an online brochure and order form, visit

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