Add the almost 50-year-old Venice Symphony to the list of arts groups announcing their 2022-23 seasons, coming out of a past couple of years unsettled by the pandemic.
The Venice Symphony, under the artistic direction of Troy Quinn, will provide audiences with its usual mix of classical and popular music, including film scores, holiday tunes, traditional Irish music and more. The musicians will be joined by guest artists in several of their performances, which are set to begin in November and continue through April.
“Tchaik Strikes!” gets the season rolling with concerts Nov. 18 and 19. (All concerts take place at the Venice Performing Arts Center.) Besides Piotr Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, the orchestra will also present the overture from Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.
The symphony’s always popular “Holiday Season Spectacular” (Dec. 16 and 17) welcomes Key Chorale for a traditional sing-a-long, but will also feature classic carols, music from the movie A Nightmare Before Christmas, excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite and Babes in Toyland, and more.
Enjoy “A Night at the Museum,” Jan. 6 and 7, when the symphony delivers music from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mummy, Night at the Museum and The DaVinci Code. Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck solos on Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, and the symphony’s premiere of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, rounds out the program.
Get in the mood for some “Cinematic Romance,” Feb. 3 and 4, with music from the scores of great love stories like Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and more. Violinist Sandy Cameron guests to perform Danny Elfman’s Edward Scissorhands Suite, The Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso and the tango from Scent of a Woman. Also, another symphony premiere: Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
There’s more movie music magic in the air with “The Movie Maestro: A Tribute to John Williams” (Feb. 24 and 25), which salutes his scores for Star Wars, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and more.
It’s a chance to bring out the Irish in all of us with “A Celtic Celebration,” March 17 and 18. Harpist-vocalist Orla Fallon, an original member of Celtic Woman, will join the orchestra to play popular Irish folk tunes in a program that also includes Percy Granger’s Molly on the Shore, music from Riverdance and Symphony No. 3 in F Minor by Charles Villiers Stanford.
Finally, “Fairytales and Flutes,” April 21 and 22, features Jim Walker, former principal flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, soloing on Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, John Williams’ The Face of Pan and Henry Mancini’s Pennywhistle Jig. And there’s one more symphony premiere with William Walton’s The Wise Virgins Suite, as well as more Tchaikovsky music and some Mendelssohn to round things out.
Season subscriptions and packages are available now by calling (941) 207-8822 or visiting the new Venice Symphony office, at 700 U.S. 41 Bypass North, Suite 4. A discounted four-concert series is also available. And individual tickets and online sales begin Aug. 15. Check it all out at thevenicesymphony.org.