VALDOSTA — Dancing with the Valdosta Stars: VSU Theatre & Dance partner with VSU Music to raise funds for both departments’ student scholarships, by featuring well-known Valdosta residents dancing with area dance professionals and students. This event occurs April 12, 2014, VSU Student Union Grand Ballroom.
VALDOSTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Where: Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Exceptions noted.
More information: Call VSU College of the Arts Outreach, (229) 333-2150; or visit www.valdostasymphony.org
Conductor: Howard Hsu.
“APPlause”: Features Beethoven’s “The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: Turkish March,” McGowan’s “iPad Concerto,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64. Synopsis: “The VSO will give the U.S. premiere of Ned McGowan’s inspired ‘Concerto for iPad,’ with the brilliant Keiko Shichijo masterfully employing various musical iPad apps to interact with the VSO. Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Fifth Symphony brings the VSO’s season-opening concert to a thunderous conclusion.” Run date: Sept. 14.
“An Evening with Amadeus”: Features all Mozart, “Overture to Lucio Silla, K. 135”; Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191; Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K 504 (“Prague”). Synopsis: “Spend an evening experiencing some of the master’s most beloved works, including the jovial bassoon concerto performed by VSO principal bassoonist Shannon Lowe, and his radiant ‘Prague’ Symphony, a piece as glorious as the city after which it was named.” Run date: Nov. 2.
“The Nutcracker”: VSO again joins Dance Arts’ long-running tradition of presenting holiday performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved dance show. Run dates: Dec. 6-8. Location: Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St.
“Voyage of the Imagination”: Features Liadov’s “The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62,” Oliverio Dynasty’s Double Tympani Concerto, Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome,” Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier Concert Suite, Op. 59” (arr. Mandell). Synopsis: “Take your mind on an adventure as Respighi’s vivid masterpiece evokes Rome’s famous fountains and Strauss’ suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ transports you to the pageantry of old Vienna. Noted Atlanta Symphony Principal Tympani Mark Yancich joins VSO Principal Tympani David Morris in James Oliverio’s expressive Dynasty Double Tympani Concerto.” Run date: Feb. 8 .