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Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Announces 86th Season

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Programming includes local composers in “Chattanooga Fanfare” project

Grand Opera continues with Carmen

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera announces the 2018/19 season – the 86th season for the organization. Music programmed showcases local talent and features local artists, composers, and special guests throughout the season. The 86th season will also include the highly-anticipated grand opera, Carmen.

“I am particularly excited about our upcoming season,” said Samantha Teter, CSO Executive Director, “We have several family-friendly concert options, and we have the fortunate opportunity to feature many of our local musicians and composers to really highlight what Chattanooga has to offer. Our community should be proud of the amazing talent we have right here in the area, and we’ll showcase several of them next season.”

The CSO will perform two special event performances this season.  Audiences will experience the magic of Harry Potter like never before as the CSO performs music from the movies in The Music of Harry Potter at the Tivoli Theatre on November 3, 2018. In addition, the CSO is excited to produce the highly-anticipated grand opera, Carmen, on April 11 and 13, 2019.  2018/19 subscribers have pre-sale access to these special events. Remaining tickets will be released for public sale on August 1, 2018.

“For the 2018/19 Masterworks series,” said Kayoko Dan, CSO Music Director, “I am particularly excited to announce the Chattanooga Fanfare Project, where the CSO commissions four fanfares by four local composers: Douglas Hedwig, Roland Carter, Jonathan McNair, and Tim Hinck. Also, I am excited to showcase CSO musicians as soloists: oboists Robert Burks and Carey Shinbaum, percussionist Chad Crummel, and our Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy on a piece written by Chattanooga native, George S. Clinton.”

The Barnett & Company Masterworks Series opens with Piazolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires in a concert that highlights Latin classical works as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The season continues with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Other highlights include the world premiere of The Rose of Sonora: a concerto in five scenes. Composed by Chattanooga native, George S. Clinton, this concerto was crafted specifically for CSO Concertmaster, Holly Mulcahy. The Masterworks series will also feature Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor performed alongside the Covenant College Choirs and CSO Chorus, Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 6, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. Guest artists in the 2018/19 Masterworks series include violinist Eduardo Rios, pianist Spencer Myer, and bass trombonist John Lofton of the LA Philharmonic. All Masterworks concerts will be performed at the Tivoli Theatre.  Subscriptions for the Masterworks series start at $126.

The Luken Holdings Pops Series is notably rich and diverse, with pieces from Broadway to the Motor City to the Silver Screen.  “We open the season with the brilliant legacy of Jerry Herman” says Principal Pops Conductor & Music Director Emeritus, Bob Bernhardt, “From Mame to Hello, Dolly, you’ll hear music you both know and love. Chattanooga native Scott Coulter will headline the show!”

The Pops series will also bring the music of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s to the Tivoli with Spectrum – A Tribute to Motown and R&B and audiences will be thrilled with a concert that started in a galaxy far, far away as the CSO performs music from the Star Wars saga on May 4, 2019 – also known as international Star Wars Day.  The 2018/19 Pops series will also include Chattanooga’s favorite holiday music tradition, Home for the Holidays, as well as the popular annual swing concert, Big Band Fever.  All Pops concerts are performed at the Tivoli Theatre. Subscriptions start at $95 for all five programs.

The Conversant Group Chamber Series will include Beethoven’s Symphony No 4, a classical Christmas-themed concert reminiscent of times gone by, Mozart’s famous String Quartet No. 19, and Ravel’s Le Tombeau. Local composers Douglas Hedwig and Jonathan McNair will also have works featured in the Chamber series.  The Chamber series will be performed at Chattanooga State’s Humanities Theatre. Subscriptions are $90 for all four concerts. Subscriptions for new patrons will be available on February 12th at or by calling 423.267.8583. Tickets to individual concerts will go on-sale to the public on August 1, 2018.

For Masterworks only: Children 17 and under can attend for free with a paid adult. For all series, discounts are available for students and music educators. Call the CSO Box Office at 423.267.8583 for more information.

CSO 2018/19 Season Schedule


Tivoli Theatre • 7:30PM

4.11.19 & 4.13.19 – Carmen


Special Event:

Tivoli Theatre • Saturday • 7:30PM

11.3.18 – The Music of Harry Potter


Barnett & Company Masterworks Series:

Tivoli Theatre • Thursdays • 7:30PM

9.27.18 – Piazolla’s Four Seasons (Opening Night)

10.25.18 – Brahms Symphony No. 1

11.15.18 – Beethoven & Mozart

1.17.19 – Stravinsky’s Firebird

3.7.19 – Mendelssohn & Brahms

3.28.19 – Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

4.25.19 – Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


Luken Holdings Pops Series:

Tivoli Theatre • 7:30PM

10.6.18 – Jerry Herman – The Broadway Legacy Concert

12.15.18 (7:30PM) & 12.16.18 (3:00PM) – Home for the Holidays

2.15.19 & 2.16.19 – Big Band Fever

3.23.19 Spectrum – A Tribute to Motown and R&B

5.4.19 – The Music of Star Wars


Chamber Series
Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Theatre • Sundays • 3:00PM

10.14.18 – Beethoven Symphony No. 4

12.2.18 – A Classical Christmas

1.27.19 – Mozart & Strauss

3.17.19 – Mozart & Ravel

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