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Arts & Entertainment

April 4, 2014

New TSO season features first outdoor concert

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Symphony Orchestra will pull out all the stops for its 63rd season.

“Every concert will feature a large orchestra, which audiences love,” said TSO executive director Krista Cooper. “That is unique. To balance the season financially we have it with a small orchestra or chamber orchestra.”

The 2014-15 season technically opens in September and includes seven concerts. But the orchestra will whet audience appetites in July with its first outdoor concert since going professional 13 years ago. The concert — dubbed TSO@theCommons: A Midsummer Bash — will take place at the Grand Traverse Commons under an expansive tent and will feature food and wine from picnic vendors, as well as pre-concert entertainment.

“We’ve not been able to afford or to provide the kind of security that is necessary for the musicians and the patrons,” Cooper said. “Concert promoter Sam Porter has made that possible with his TentVenue. That will be the largest orchestra of the season, with 70 musicians.”

Other season highlights include the return of popular violin soloist Caroline Goulding, an Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus. Now 21, Goulding was just 18 when she won a Grammy nomination and the $25,000 Avery Fisher Career Grant, placing her in the company of violin virtuosos like Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn.

Goulding, who plays the 1720 “General Kyd” Stradavari violin, is among five soloists including pianists Jeffrey Biegel and Tim Hobson and Traverse City vocalists Jefferey Norris, baritone, and soprano Lynne Church. The NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers also will join the Symphony to perform Faure’s “Requiem” and the perennial audience favorite, the “Home for the Holidays” concert.

Notable repertoire includes Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the Berg Violin Concerto, Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. A popular “Fireworks” theme concert will make a return to bring in the New Year. Music director and conductor Kevin Rhodes will host the program of all-Tchaikovsky favorites, including the “1812 Overture.”

The Symphony closes the season with “A Night at the Movies,” an upbeat pops program of favorites from the silver screen.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 947-7120.

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