Music was in the air last weekend in downtown as the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) launched its 64th season with “Opening Night: The Power of Music” Saturday, Sept. 24 at Riverview Hall on the Shreveport riverfront. The opening number featured celebrated composer David Amram in a lively performance of En Memoria de Chano Pozo, a Latin jazz piece he wrote himself. A great entertainer, Amram played the piano, flute, percussion and finished by leading the audience in the performance.
In addition to the exciting opening number, the SSO’s premier concert for the 2011-2012 season, titled Simply Classic included Cello Concerto in E minor with renowned cellist Zuill Bailey, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor.
For Symphony supporters and music lovers alike, the opening concert was a breath of fresh melodic air as the SSO returned from its summer hiatus. Symphony-goers can expect this season’s repertoire to include everything from the returning sell-out concert, Cirque de la Symphonie coming up November 12-13 and a Christmas performance of Holiday Pops December 17-18 to The Beauty of Brahm, an ode to the romantic era legend in January 2012 and the Season Finale: Poling’s Farewell dedicated to veteran violinist Kermit Poling, who will play his final number with the Symphony in April of 2012 after 27 years.
To see the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s full 2011-2012 season overview click here.