News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 19, 2013

‘Stop, Look, & Listen!’: Symphony set to open season

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra opens its 88th season, “Stop, Look, & Listen!”, on Sept. 28 with Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring 17-year-old violin prodigy Stephen Kim. Other pieces will include Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

In addition to performing with the THSO, Kim will visit Wabash Valley schools to share his experiences with other young musicians. This is Kim’s second performance with the THSO.

The trumpet will be the star during the second concert of the season, scheduled for Nov. 2. The THSO will perform pieces by Steven Karidoyanes and Frederick Delius. Principal trumpet and audience favorite Rob Waugh will play Johann Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. The evening’s selections also include Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, an acknowledged masterpiece and the last orchestral work of the composer.

As the weather turns colder, the audience can enjoy an annual tradition with favorite holiday music on Dec. 7. Music will include “Little Drummer Boy,” “Frosty All the Way” and “Bugler’s Holiday.” The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology choir, directed by Dan Tryon, will sing works of John Rutter.

Award-winning local musician Solly Burton will also give his first mandolin performance with a full symphony orchestra.

The first concert of 2014 will be an evening of romantic music on Feb. 15 to celebrate the Valentine’s Day weekend. Works will include George Gershwin’s “Overture to Girl Crazy,” love songs sung by mezzo-soprano Denise Gamez and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

Wrapping up the THSO’s 2013-14 season will be the return to Terre Haute of the popular group Five by Design on March 22, in its jazzy show called “Cool and Swingin’.” Joined by alto sax legend Richie Cole, the group will recall Cole’s work with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen and Manhattan Transfer.

Season tickets, including reserved seats for all five concerts, are available at hulman or by calling 812-237-3737 or 800-745-3000. Prices start at $90 for adults and $15 for students and youth under 18.

Tickets for individual concerts begin at $20 for adults and $5 for students and youth. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by calling the Hulman Center ticket office.

All concerts take place in Tilson Auditorium on the Indiana State University campus, and begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Tilson Auditorium’s accessible drop-off location is at the intersection of Seventh Street and Larry Bird Avenue. Accessible seats are sold with one free companion seat and are available through the Hulman Center ticket office at 812-237-3737.

Free “Family Time” concerts for children of all ages will be presented from 2 to 2:30 p.m. during the September, November, February and March Saturday dress rehearsals in Tilson Auditorium. No tickets or reservations are required.

Before each concert, patrons can attend “Supper at the Symphony,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Tilson’s Heritage Ballroom. Dinner is $20, and the menu changes each time.

Dinner reservations can be made online at, by calling the symphony office at 812-242-8476, or by mailing a check to THSA, 25 N. 6th St., Terre Haute, IN 47807.

Free “Concert Conversations” with music director David Bowden are scheduled at 6:45 p.m., before each concert.