Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2016-17 season with their Opening Night performance on this Saturday, October 1 at the Saenger Theatre.

This will be the orchestra’s 20th season under the direction of Music Director Peter Rubardt.

Pensacola Children's Chorus

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus will host a tribute dinner honoring the careers of founding artistic directors Susan and Allen Pote, following their final performance. “Showtime” will be presented May 6-8 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

The tribute dinner will take place Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Naval Aviation Museum. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, May 3.

The Pensacola Symphony closes its season  this Saturday, April 30th at 7:30pm in the Saenger Theatre.   Violinist Jennifer Frautschi  will join the orchestra for a  program of music by Bruch and Shostakovich.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the WUWF studios to share some thoughts on the performance.  Hedi Salanki: It is hard to believe that it is time for the season finale. Peter Rubardt: That's right! It's been quite the season this year!

 The Pensacola Symphony returns to the Saenger Theatre this Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm for the annual "Russian Spectacular."  Violinist Yevgeny Kutik  will join the orchestra for a  program of music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Liadov.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the studios to share some thoughts on the performance.  Starting this season the Symphony has moved the concert time up to 7:30pm.  More information is available at  435-2533, or online to pensacolasymphony.com.

Say the word opera, and audiences often think of people singing stridently in a foreign language. This is not the case with “The Merry Widow.” A classic operetta by Franz Lehar, it’s set at the turn of the 20th century and filled with fun and frivolity.

More than 60 people are taking to the stage to do a production soon at The Saenger Theatre.
“It actually has a happy ending,” said Danielle Pastin, who traveled from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to play the lead role of Hanna. “It’s upbeat and happy, and there is a lot of dancing in it.”

The Pensacola Symphony is back in the Saenger Theatre this Saturday, March 5th at 7:30pm, for a performance titled "Sounds of Europe."  Pianist Roberto Plano will join the orchestra for a wide-ranging program of music by Smetana, de Falla, and Respighi.   Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the studios to share some thoughts on the performance.

Hedi Salanki: I think it is pretty safe to say that your musical journey to Europe starts out with the most brilliant minor scale.

The Pensacola Symphony moves  to the First United Methodist Church this Saturday for it's annual celebration of Mozart's birthday.  The concert, which starts at 7:30, features flutist Stephanie Riegle and harpist Katie Ott in Mozart's concerto for Flute and Harp, as well as his 34th Symphony.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the studios to share some thoughts on the performance.

Hedi Salanki: Happy birthday, genius. Mozart’s music is so perfect it’s almost impossible to talk about it.

The Pensacola Symphony returns to the stage of the Saenger Theatre this Saturday, November 7th at 7:30pm, for a performance featuring the second symphony of Johannes Brahms.   Cellist Cicely Parnas will join the orchestra for the concert, which also has music by Grieg and Saint-Saens.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the studios to share some thoughts on the performance.

One of the enduring strengths of Pensacola is that it has a remarkable cultural arts infrastructure for a city its size. From the many art galleries to the museum of art,  the Little Theatre and the Opera, Pensacola showcases high quality shows and performances you might not expect to find, often showcased in the beautifully restored Saenger Theatre.

But the city’s primary cultural arts asset has to be the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, which recently opened its 90th season. That’s a remarkable run in a city featuring a downtown that has been left for dead more than once.

The Pensacola Symphony launches their season in the Saenger Theatre this Saturday, October 3rd.   The program, which starts at 7:30pm, will feature Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats, as well as colorful orchestral pieces by Strauss and Tchaikovsky.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the studios to share some thoughts on the performance. 

Hedi Salanki: This will be your 19th season opener with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestraas usual you put together a very exciting, very dramatic, but very very beautiful music to open the season with.

Music For Families Is A Hit

Jun 1, 2015
Josh Morton

  "Music for Families" started on Saturday at about 9:30, with virtually the entire second floor of the Saenger Theatre filled with activity stations. There were science displays from the Pensacola MESS Hall and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), an arts and crafts table for kids to make masquerade masks out of paper plates, and a concert from the orchestra to cap it all off.  

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra is holding its annual ‘Music for Families’ concert this Saturday, May 23 at the Saenger Theatre. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and the concert starts at 11:00.

The purpose of “Music for Families” is to provide a fun and entertaining introduction to classical music for children ages 3-12.

The PSO launched the program about a decade ago, holding the first event at N.B. Cook Elementary School for the Arts.

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov were musical patriarchs of their time, each contributing their own unique style. Russian Spectacular explores a passionate performance by each of these composers. The program opens with Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio espagnole, consisting of five connected movements each based on Spanish themes. He wrote this piece for a large orchestra and took great advantage of the different timbres by designing melodic passages specific to each instrument. Tchaikovsky even hailed it as “a colossal masterpiece of instrumentation”.

Details:

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saenger Theatre, 116 S. Palafox Place

Peter Rubardt, conductor
Anthony McGill, clarinet

ROSSINI - Overture to Barber of Seville
DONIZETTI - Concertino for Clarinet
COPLAND - Clarinet Concerto
SCHUMANN - Symphony No. 2

The Pensacola Symphony will bring its season to a close this Saturday with a performance of Mozart and Mahler on the stage of the Saenger Theatre in downtown Pensacola.   Music Director Peter Rubardt came by the studios and spoke with Hedi Salanki about the program.

The concert will take place on Saturday at 8:00 pm in the Saenger Theatre, and will feature Leonid Yanovskiy and Brian Brown.   Tickets and more information are available at 435-2533, or on line at pensacolasymphony.com.

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