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Volume 3

Community Experience • Romeo & Juliet February 11 & 12........................................... 17 • The Four Seasons & Mozart February 17.................................................... 33

2011|2012 Season

• Sponsors & Foundations............................... 68 • Membership Benefits..................................... 70 • Contributors................................................... 72 • Honorariums & Memorials .......................... 82 • Patron/Ticket Information ........................... 84

• Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles February 25.................................................... 47

Symphony Gallery

• A Tribute to Motown: The Contours March 10........................................................ 51

• Christmas Gala at the Crescent Center........ 28

• Opus One.......................................................... 8

• Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director ................... 56

• Home for the Holidays concert.................... 30

• Stilian Kirov, Associate Conductor............... 57

• From the Blue Danube…To the Pines of Rome concert................................................. 42

• Susanna Perry Gilmore, Concertmaster ..... 58 • Lawrence Edwards, MSO Chorus Director.... 59 • Orchestra Roster............................................. 60

Concert Experience • Advertiser Listing........................................... 35 • MSO Board of Directors & Staff ................ 62 • Memphis Symphony Orchestra League........ 64

• The Symphony Plays at Union Mission....... 66 • Happy Birthday Elvis..................................... 67

Patron Experience • C ompliments of Opus One.................... 10 • Arts Infusion Project...................................... 14 • MSO’s CAPA Virtuosi Initiative..................... 40

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Opus One featuring Al Kapone with U-Dig Dance Academy at the New Daisy Theatre November 10, 2011

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Nicki Inman, Denise Borton, Jennifer Knisley


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Ricardo Callender, Mayra Quezada, Marcos Garcia, Lee Hurst & Claudia Hurst

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New Program! Compliments of The Memphis Symphony Orchestra invites you to a new OPUS ONE-inspired community program – OPUS ONE Connections are family-friendly musical events based on the innovative concert series. Expanding the impact of OPUS ONE, Connections events are designed to bring together MSO musicians and the community to break the barriers of traditional classical programming. Three Connections events are scheduled on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm at the Hickory Ridge Mall’s New Towne Centre. Free to the public, OPUS ONE Connections began on January 29th with a performance set by Latin-jazz artist Marcela Pinilla, featured guest of the upcoming OPUS ONE concert on March 1st & 2nd at the Rumba Room. A native of Columbia who lives and works in Memphis, Pinilla is enthusiastic about collaborating with the MSO to fuse classical music with Latin rhythms. As part of her Connections performance, MSO string players accompanied Pinilla and her band with a new arrangement by Robert Patterson, MSO horn player and composer. “He’s gonna be great,” she said. “I can’t wait for the concert.” Connections continue on February 19th with several Latin-inspired works performed by String Theory, an acoustical ensemble that includes several MSO players. Following the music, MSO percussionist Ed Murray will lead the audience in an interactive drumming demonstration using shakers made at the event. On February 26th, the final event of the Connections series, the MSO Big Band will play new arrangements by local artist, Sam Shoup. Dancers from the Rumba Room will perform to the Big Band sound and lead the audience in a demonstration of traditional Latin dance moves.


OPUS ONE Connections is generously funded by a grant from the ArtsMemphis Arts Education and Outreach program, an important initiative started in 2011 to foster creative, innovative arts programming for the benefit of students and underserved individuals across the community. The MSO, in partnership with the Hickory Ridge Mall, is pleased to invite and welcome our audience and neighbors to OPUS ONE Connections. The New Towne Centre at the Hickory Ridge Mall is located at 6075 Winchester Road in Memphis. Activities will take place inside the courtyard space, next to the Carousel.

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Arts Infusion Project… The MSO partners for a second year with Shelby County Schools on a special arts infusion project. Following last season’s successful Letters to Beethoven project, the MSO and Shelby County School students explored the concept of conflict using the story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as their motivation. Putting themselves in the shoes of Friar Lawrence, students imagined how they would advise Romeo and Juliet on pursuing their overpowering love for each other, which contrasts with the hate that exists between their families. To complicate the matter, Juliet is betrothed to another. How can they remain faithful and loyal to each other when doing so puts them at odds with their families and society? Six of Shelby County Arts Infusion middle schools teachers provided a synopsis of A Millington Middle School student composes a piece of the play and prompted their electronic music. students to consider how they would advise Romeo and Juliet, reflect on how they would act in a similar situation, and consider the choices to resolve the problem. The students self-selected an art form and wrote poems or stories, created collages, composed music, or choreographed a short dance. Their works are displayed at their schools with a few selected to be exhibited in the lobbies of the Cannon Center and GPAC before the MSO’s First Tennessee Masterworks Concerts on February 11 & 12, 2012, which features Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo & Juliet Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. - Cannon Center Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. - GPAC

MEI-ANN CHEN, conductor Gil Shaham, violin Hattiloo Theatre Ekundayo Bandele, Artistic Director Marcus Anthony, Romeo Kristi A. Steele, Juliet Ekundayo Bandele, ensemble SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891 - 1953) Selections from Romeo and Juliet Op. 64 Montagues and Capulets The Young Girl Juliet Masks Romeo and Juliet The Death of Tybalt Romeo and Juliet Before Parting Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet Hattiloo Theatre INTERMISSION CHEN/HE (b. 1935 / b. 1933) The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto Gil Shaham, violin

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one-minute notes The story of innocent young love fated to be torn apart by hatred is a timeless fairy tale that is written into the heart of the human experience. The depth and disunion of these opposing forces are so essential to our lives that these tales can be found in many cultures and expressed through every art form. This program brings together the ballet score of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (no dancers in this performance) and Shakespeare’s immortal text. Let us explore three artistic visions of this timeless story: • Drama: Theatre emboldens both the actor and audience member to experience the gamut of what it feels like to be human. – Ekundayo Bandele, Artistic Director of Hattiloo Theatre • Music: Prokofiev was such an absolute optimist that he suggested to the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre writing an ending in which Romeo and Juliet live (they did not agree). However, his yearning for a happy ending gave rise to the tragic finale which is that much more devastating. – Brandon Knisley, Vice President of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra • Dance: Dancers and audience become one in Romeo & Juliet, vividly present in the moment of life and death, reaching deep within to go beyond limitations. It is not a place in time or space for people who do not want to feel the bare, the acute that puts us starkly in touch with life and death, just as this story of Romeo and Juliet does. – Dorothy Gunther Pugh, Artistic Director of Ballet Memphis


Gil Shaham violin

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and he regularly gives recital and ensemble appearances. In the 2011-12 season, Shaham continues his long-term exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s.” In January 2012, he begins the year performing Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony. He tackles Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto in February with the New World Symphony and fills out the rest of the season giving performances of the Hartmann, Berg, and Stravinsky concertos with the orchestras of New York, London and Atlanta, respectively. Shaham returns to the studio this season with his sister, pianist Orli Shaham, for a new recording, Hebrew Melodies, due out in January 2012 on his own label (Canary Classics). The repertoire features an exploration of both traditional and modern Jewish music, including the world-premiere recording of Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s new work “Niggunim,” a work praised by the New York Times for its “explosive energy.” Last season, Shaham launched the “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” project with 34 live performances, including appearances with the Chicago Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Shaham appeared on PBS with Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary concert in May 2011, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Gil Shaham was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved with his parents to Israel, where he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music at the age of seven, receiving annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981 he began his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellerman at Aspen. In 1982, after taking first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard, where he worked with DeLay and Hyo Kang. He also studied at Columbia University. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Award. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius. Shaham lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their two children.

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Marcus Anthony Marcus Anthony (Romeo) refined his acting prowess at Playhouse on the Square with acclaimed acting coach, Tasha Smith (TSAW). He recently played the role of Cholly in Hattiloo’s production of The Bluest Eye, and Fred in If Scrooge was a Brother. He has also played Grant in A Lesson Before Dying, and performed in the musicals A Comedy Tonight and South Pacific. Anthony is also a songwriter, dancer, author, and violinist.


Kristi A. Steele

KRISTI A. STEELE (Juliet) is a native of Jackson, TN, and has been involved in the performing arts since she was a child. Her craft was further cultivated throughout high school and especially college, when she became a member of The Thomas Edward Poag Players’ Guild and participated in many performances at Tennessee State University. Kristi, a Resident Company Member of Hattiloo Theatre, just recently directed Home by Samm-Art Williams in Sept. 2011, and has performed in numerous Hattiloo productions including Macbeth, The Colored Museum, The Wiz, A Raisin in the Sun, and Crowns – to name a few. Likewise, Kristi performed in  Lysistrata and the Death of Cupid at Rhodes College - McCoy Theatre, and she was also seen in Circuit Playhouse’s production of Crumbs from the Table of Joy, in which she received a 2007 Ostrander Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Drama.

Ekundayo Bandele Ekundayo Bandele (Ensemble) is the founder and executive/artistic director of Hattiloo. He has written a novel Tales Go Around, and stage-plays that include Judas’ Hands and If Scrooge Was A Brother. He has directed many plays, most notably August Wilson’s Fences. He also portrayed the character Booth in Suzan-Lori Park’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Topdog/Underdog. Ekundayo’s civic involvement includes serving on the boards of University of Memphis’ Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change, the Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Education Foundation, and the Overton Park Conservancy. He is a graduate of Leadership Memphis’ Executive Class. For his contributions to Memphis he has received visionary awards from the Center City Commission, the United Way of the Midsouth, J.U.G.S, Impact Memphis, and a Congressional Certificate of Honor. Memphis Business Quarterly named him a Power Player (2011). In 2008 he was voted “12 Who Made a Difference” by the Commercial Appeal.

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program notes Romeo and Juliet, Excerpts from Suites 1 and 2 (1935-6) Sergei Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Russia, on April 23, 1891, and died in Moscow, Russia, on March 5, 1953. The first performance of the ballet, Romeo and Juliet, took place at the Brno Opera House in Czechoslovakia (now, the Czech Republic), on December 30, 1938. The Romeo and Juliet Suites are scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, two trumpets, cornet, three trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum cymbals, maracas, orchestral bells, snare drum, tambourine, triangle, xylophone, harp, piano/celeste and strings. Approximate performance time of the excerpts is twenty-eight minutes. The Leningrad premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet, Romeo and Juliet, took place on July 11, 1940—more than four and one-half years after the Russian composer completed his magnificent score. Galina Ulanova danced the part of Juliet. At a reception following the premiere, the great ballerina offered a toast—a play on the concluding lines of William Shakespeare’s tragedy: Never was a story of more woe Than this of Prokofiev’s music for Romeo. According to Ulanova, Prokofiev enjoyed this little joke as much as anyone. Certainly, the composer had to feel relieved at the triumphant conclusion of an odyssey fraught with trials and frustrations at every turn. In the latter part of 1934, the Kirov Theater approached Prokofiev with the proposal to stage a new ballet. Prokofiev decided upon an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Kirov later negated its contract. Prokofiev then reached an agreement with the Moscow Bolshoi Theater to produce the new work. A premiere was scheduled for the end of 1935. Prokofiev worked at a feverish pace, completing his Romeo and Juliet score in less than five months’ time. However, as Prokofiev related in his autobiography: “the Bolshoi Theater declared (the ballet) impossible to dance to and the contract was broken.” The ballet did not receive its first Russian performance until 1940 (the actual premiere took place on December 30, 1938, at the Brno Opera in Czechoslovakia). Prokofiev adapted music from his Romeo and Juliet ballet for two Orchestral Suites (premiered, respectively, in Moscow, in 1936, and Leningrad, in 1937) as well as a collection of Ten Pieces for Solo Piano, Opus 75 (1937). He completed a third Orchestral Suite in 1946. Prior to the 1938 Brno premiere, yet another contract to produce Prokofiev’s Romeo was broken, this time by the Leningrad Ballet School. Finally, the Kirov Theater agreed to stage the Russian premiere. Despite the success of the January 1940 opening, it too was preceded by a period of storm and strife worthy of the Montagues and Capulets. Prokofiev, who by this time was surely in no mood for compromise, cast an imposing figure at rehearsals. Ulanova recalled: “From the day of 22

the first read-through a rather sullen, tall man sat in the hall almost every time. He looked around with hostility and anger—especially at our dancers.” Prokofiev’s score so intimidated the Kirov performers that they threatened a boycott just a few weeks before the scheduled premiere. In the end, however, the genius of Prokofiev’s masterpiece gained the troupe’s confidence. After the sterling Kirov premiere, the Bolshoi Theater staged a magnificent production in 1946, again with Ulanova as Juliet. Since that time, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has enjoyed a justified reputation as one of the greatest ballet scores. The Suites from the Ballet have also become a familiar and beloved part of orchestral concert fare. This concert features excerpts from the First and Second Orchestral Suites. I. Montagues and Capulets (Suite 2, No.1)—The brief and fierce introduction is derived from an Interlude that follows the Prince of Verona’s warning to the battling Montague and Capulet families. The Dance of the Knights follows. II. The Young Girl Juliet (Suite 2, No. 2)—The playful nature of the thirteen-year-old Juliet is magically depicted by the spiccato violin figures, but there is also more reflective music that suggests the blossoming young woman. III. Masks (Suite 1—No. 5)—Romeo, Montague’s son, and his friend, Mercutio, arrive at the party wearing disguises. Capulet and his wife enter with daughter Juliet, and bid the musicians to play and the guests to dance. At the sight of Juliet, Romeo immediately falls in love with the beautiful young woman. IV. Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene) (Suite 1, No. 6)—At night, Romeo stands beneath Juliet’s balcony and prays for her to appear. Juliet comes to the balcony, and the two declare their eternal love. V. Death of Tybalt (Suite 1, No. 7)—Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel. Romeo is now married to Juliet, and therefore, is Tybalt’s cousin. And so, Romeo refuses to fight. Mercutio intercedes and is mortally wounded by Tybalt. When Romeo learns that his friend has died, he is overcome with anger, and kills Tybalt. VI. Romeo and Juliet Before Parting (Suite 2, No. 5)—Banished from Verona for slaying Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet spend precious few moments together before he flees. This music is dominated by Romeo’s passionate love theme. However, pay special attention to the way in which Prokofiev foreshadows the impending tragedy. VII. Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet (Suite 2—No. 7)—This excerpt is derived from the Ballet’s final scene. Romeo has learned of Juliet’s supposed death and has rushed to the Capulet tomb. The music depicting the funeral procession—and Romeo’s despair— develops a shattering momentum and intensity. After the climax, the music subsides to a pianissimo whisper.

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program notes The Butterfly Lovers Concerto (1959) Chen Gang was born in 1935 and He Zhanhao was born in 1933. The first performance of The Butterfly Lovers Concerto took place at the Lyceum Theater in Shanghai, China, on May 27, 1959, with Yu Lina as violin soloist, and Fan Chengwu conducting the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the solo violin, The Butterfly Lovers Concerto is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, gu ban, cymbal, tam-tam, harp, piano and strings. Approximate performance time is twenty-eight minutes. The Butterfly Lovers Concerto is the creation of Chen Gang and He Zhanhao. At the time of the work’s composition, both were students at the Shanghai Conservatory. The Concerto’s premiere took place on May 27, 1959, as part of the celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The premiere was a triumph, with the audience demanding, and receiving, an encore of the entire Concerto. Chen and He’s fame spread throughout China. In 1960, the Chinese orchestra, The Central Philharmonic, toured Russia and included The Butterfly Lovers as part of its repertoire; again, to great success. But in the mid-1960s, immediately prior to the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist government deemed The Butterfly Lovers “bourgeois.” Chen recalls that the Communist guards told him: “Factory workers hear your themes and can no longer operate their machines. Peasants have no strength to lift their ax. Soldiers can no longer shoot.” Chen was imprisoned and later consigned to house arrest and manual labor. Following the Cultural Revolution, The Butterfly Lovers and its creators returned to favor. The work remains immensely popular in China, and, thanks to advocates like Gil Shaham, The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, often called “the Tchaikovsky Concerto of the East,” has enjoyed tremendous acclaim in the West as well. The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, a musical depiction of a well-known ancient Chinese folk tale, features a beguiling synthesis of Eastern and Western influences. Many of the melodies are derived from the traditional Shaoxing opera. The solo violin (a personification of the heroine Zhu Ying-tai) employs techniques associated with the erhu, a two-stringed Chinese fiddle. Of course, the genre of the Violin Concerto has a long and rich history in Western music. The Butterfly Lovers employs a traditional Western orchestra (with the addition of the Chinese percussion instrument, the gu ban). The Concerto is also couched in Western sonata form, with the introduction, development and recapitulation of central themes, all capped by a final coda (Tchaikovsky used this same structure to relate the tale of 24

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the Russian composer’s 1869 Fantasy Overture). And certainly, the Concerto’s pentatonic harmonic idiom will be familiar to those who love folk music from around the world. The Butterfly Lovers features a series of episodes, all played without pause. The Concerto’s sections and their correlation to the folk tale, are set out, below. Adagio cantabile—Zhu Ying-tai, a young girl, has disguised herself as a boy in order to study in Hangzhou. On a beautiful spring day, she meets her fellow classmate, Liang Shan-po. Allegro—Zhu and Liang study together for three years and become dear friends. Liang is unaware of Zhu’s true identity. Adagio assai doloroso—As their years of study draw to a close, Liang and Zhu are saddened over the prospect of being separated from each other. Pesante—Più mosso—Duramente—When Zhu returns home, she learns that her father has promised her in marriage to the son of a wealthy family. Zhu protests, but to no avail. Lagrimoso—Liang visits Zhu’s home. There, he learns of Zhu’s true identity, and her arranged marriage. The heartbroken lovers bid farewell. Presto resoluto—The heartbroken Liang falls ill and dies. On the day of her wedding, Zhu insists on passing by Liang’s grave. Zhu prays for Liang’s tomb to open. A bolt of lighting strikes the tomb, and opens it. Zhu jumps into the grave. Adagio cantabile—Zhu and Liang emerge from the tomb as butterflies, and fly off together. — Ken Meltzer

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Memphis Symphony League’s Christmas Gala at the Crescent Center honoring soprano Marguerite Piazza December 10, 2011

Roy Haithcock

Billie Jean Graham, Marguerite Piazza & Shirley Condon

Members of MUS’s Beg to Differ & Mei-Ann Chen

William Barden, Louise Barden, Steve Turner

Garrott Graham & Billie Jean Graham


Stilian Kirov, Billie Jean Graham & Mei-Ann Chen

Priscilla Alexander & Freddie McEwen

MSO Big Band

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Home for the Holidays concert December 17, 2011

Mikey Borton & Lily Shook

Lee & Martha Wesson and family


CAPA Virtuosi Ensemble from Colonial Middle School – coached by MSO Musicians.

Erica & Edward Eason

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It’s Happening at GPAC Tommy Tune “Steps in Time”

David Sedaris

Thursday, November 10

Swan Lake Moscow Festival Ballet

Saturday, September 17

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

Sunday, February 26

The Capitol Steps

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Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel

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Friday, October 14

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National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Saturday, October 22

Stanley Clarke

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Joey DeFrancesco Trio Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist, Yeol eum Son Friday, February 24

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The Four Seasons & Mozart Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – Hutchison School

MEI-ANN CHEN, conductor Randall Goosby, violin DARIUS MILHAUD (1892 - 1974) La Création du monde, Op. 81a ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678 - 1748) Spring from The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 1 Allegro Largo Allegro Randall Goosby, violin ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678 - 1748) Summer from The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 2 Allegro non molto Adagio Presto Randall Goosby, violin WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 - 1791) Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 Molto allegro Andante Menuetto: Allegretto Allegro assai

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Junior Division First Place Laureate of the 13th Annual Sphinx Competition 2010 presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. Violinist Randall Goosby performs as part of the Sphinx Professional Development Program sponsored by GM. Randall is a 9th grade student in Bartlett, TN where he enjoys Geometry, World History and French. He travels to New York City once a month to study the violin with Philippe Quint. At fourteen, violinist Randall Goosby is already appearing with major orchestras across the United States. Upcoming debut’s include Mozart Violin Concerto No.3 with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic to name a few. “Randall Goosby, exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone on Ysaÿe’s unaccompanied Sonata No. 3” commented The New York Times about Randall’s recent debut at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, also adding that ”his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity.” Randall’s Junior Division victory at the 13th Annual Sphinx Competition in Detroit instantly led to a special invitation by the New York Philharmonic to appear at their prestigious Young People’s Concert series at the Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center) and to an official invitation by Tony Nominated actor Delroy Lindo, to perform at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values awards Gala in Beverly Hills, CA. Randall recently became the youngest current recipient of The Stradivari Society of Chicago and is enjoying a generous loan of a magnificent 1590 Giovanni Paolo Maggini violin. He received Grand Prizes at the Mid-South Fair’s Youth Talent Competition, Young Artists Concerto Competition at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango Colorado and was a winner of the Memphis Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition and Germantown Symphony’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. Randall began playing violin at the age of 7 and made his first public performance at the age of 8. The following year, he made his orchestral debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida. He has also participated at Mark O’Connor Festivals in New York and San Diego, Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), New Conservatory Music in the Mountains, CO and Bowdoin International Music Festival among others.


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program notes La Création du monde, Op. 81a (1923) Darius Milhaud was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, on September 4, 1892 and died in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 22, 1974. The premiere of La Création du monde took place at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, on October 25, 1923. La Création du monde is scored for two flutes, oboe, two clarinets, bassoon, alto saxophone, horn, two trumpets, trombone, timpani, percussion, piano, two violins, cello and double bass. Approximate performance time is sixteen minutes. February 12, 1924 is often cited as the red-letter day for the emergence of jazz as an important presence on the concert stage. On that date in New York’s Aeolian Hall, the young American composer and pianist George Gershwin joined Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra to perform his latest composition, a “jazz concerto” for piano and orchestra. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue stunned the music world with its brilliant synthesis of jazz and classical elements. From that day forward, concert music would never be quite the same. But Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was not the first successful marriage of jazz and orchestral classical music. That distinction belongs to French composer Darius Milhaud’s La Création du monde. In 1922, Milhaud embarked on a concert tour of the United States, where he became entranced by jazz: “Against the beat of the drums, the melodic lines criss-crossed in a breathless pattern of broken and twisted rhythms.” After his return to France from the United States, Milhaud was given the ideal opportunity to try his hand at incorporating jazz into a musical composition. Rolf de Maré’s Swedish Ballet Company planned to stage a new work. The ballet, entitled La Création du monde, portrayed the miracle of Creation viewed through the perspective of African folklore. In order to create the appropriate musical atmosphere, Milhaud employed several jazz techniques. He scored the work for an ensemble that approximated the size of a jazz dance band. While the actual instrumentation does not replicate that of a jazz group, the reduction of strings to a quartet of two violins, cello, and double-bass (itself a prominent jazz instrument) allows the winds, brass and percussion to predominate. The music itself, emphasizing frequent syncopation and blues elements, reinforces La Création’s “jazzy” personality. La Création du monde is divided into six sections, performed without pause. The first is an Overture, featuring a haunting saxophone solo. A brief contrapuntal section depicts the chaos prior to Creation. The introspective atmosphere of the Overture returns for the initial appearance of trees, plants, insects, birds and beasts. A lively dance heralds the arrival of man and woman. The final two sections, portraying the desire of man and woman, feature a jazz fugue that finally resolves to the work’s hushed closing bars. 36

La primavera (Spring) and L’estate (Summer) from Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Op. 8, Nos. 1-4 (ca. 1725) Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy, on March 4, 1678, and died in Vienna, Austria, on July 28, 1741. In addition to the solo violin, The Four Seasons are scored for continuo and strings. Approximate performance time of Spring and Summer is twenty-one minutes. Antonio Vivaldi was one of the most prolific musicians of the Baroque era. He composed approximately 550 concertos, of which more than 230 are for solo violin. Among these violin concertos, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is by far the best known. Indeed, almost three centuries after its composition, The Four Seasons remains one of the most popular works in all of concert music. Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, scored for solo violin, strings and continuo, is part of a larger work, a series of twelve concertos for violin and orchestra entitled Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione (The Contest of Harmony and Invention), Opus 8, first published in 1725. The Four Seasons comprises the first four of the Opus 8 concertos. The 1725 score of The Four Seasons includes sonnets (that may have been written by Vivaldi), setting forth the programs for each of the twelve movements. Further, certain passages in the score are accompanied by additional captions describing what the music is intended to portray. For example, the repeated forte viola figure in the second movement of Spring is designated by the composer as “Il cane che grida”—the goat herd’s “barking dog”! What is remarkable is that while Vivaldi incorporates dozens of such descriptive touches into The Four Seasons, the music never deteriorates into a mere series of effects. Rather, The Four Seasons demonstrates an admirable—and highly satisfying—sense of cohesion. This is achieved, in great part, by Vivaldi’s use of the ritornello (a recurring instrumental phrase) in the outer movements of each “Season.” Further, Vivaldi’s considerable melodic gifts, daring harmonies and brilliant writing for the solo instrument produce an immensely entertaining work. If there was ever a piece of music that radiated the composer’s joy in its creation, it is Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The continued affection for Vivaldi’s masterpiece reflects that such enthusiasm was not misplaced. Each “Season” consists of a three-movement concerto. Two fast-tempo outer movements frame a central slow movement. The sonnets included in the score provide a specific description of each movement. A prose translation of the original Italian is provided on the following page.

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program notes La primavera (Spring) Op. 8, No. 1, in E Major I. Allegro— Festive Spring has arrived, The birds salute it with their happy song. And the brooks, caressed by little Zephyrs, Flow with a sweet murmur. The sky is covered with a black mantle, And thunder, and lightning, announce a storm. When they are silent, the birds Return to sing their lovely song. II. Largo e pianissimo sempre— And in the meadow, rich with flowers, To the sweet murmur of leaves and plants, The goatherd sleeps, with his faithful dog at his side. III. Allegro— To the festive sound of pastoral bagpipes, Dance nymphs and shepherds, At Spring’s brilliant appearance. L’estate (Summer) Op. 8, No. 2, in G Minor I. Allegro non molto— Under the heat of the burning summer sun, Languish man and flock; the pine is parched. The cuckoo finds its voice, and suddenly, The turtledove and goldfinch sing. A gentle breeze blows, But suddenly, the north wind appears. The shepherd weeps because, overhead, Lies the fierce storm, and his destiny. II. Adagio; Presto— His tired limbs are deprived of rest By his fear of lightning and fierce thunder, And by furious swarms of flies and hornets. 38

III. Presto— Alas, how just are his fears, Thunder and lightening fill the Heavens, and the hail Slices the tops of the corn and other grain.

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 (1788) (Original Version) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, and died in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 1791. The Symphony No. 40 is scored for flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and strings. Approximate performance time is twentytwo minutes. Mozart completed his final three Symphonies—No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543, No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550, and No. 40 in C Major (“Jupiter”) K. 551—over the remarkably brief span between June 26 and August 10, 1788. Even more remarkable is the fact that these glorious symphonies, among Mozart’s crowning achievements, were the product of a particularly distressing period in the composer’s life. Mozart’s career in Vienna as a composer, teacher, virtuoso pianist and impresario reached its apex in the mid-1780s. However, the exhilaration of those triumphant years soon yielded to profound frustration and unhappiness. Mozart experienced a precipitate decline in the demands for his services in Vienna. In April of 1787, Mozart and his wife, Constanze, were forced to move from their elegant Vienna apartment to far more humble lodgings on the outskirts of the city. Mozart was soon reduced to begging for money from acquaintances. Mozart completed his G-Minor Symphony, K. 550 (often referred to as the “Great” to distinguish it from the 1773 “Little” G-Minor Symphony, K. 183) on July 25, 1788. There exists no specific documentation that the G-Minor (or for that matter, any of the final three symphonies) was performed during Mozart’s lifetime. Nevertheless, there are many clues suggesting that performances of these works did in fact take place during the period in question. For example, Mozart’s autograph of the score for the Symphony No. 40 contains modifications of the original version’s Andante, as well as a revised version of the entire work, adding clarinets to the orchestration (this performance features the original version, without clarinets). Such modifications most certainly would not have been made without the existence of previous performances and the promise of new ones.

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MSO’s CAPA Virtuosi Initiative at Colonial Middle School and Overton High School Nothing excites and inspires young music students more than working closely with professional musicians. Through the CAPA Virtuosi Initiative, students at Colonial Middle School and Overton High School in the Memphis City Schools’ Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) optional program, have the opportunity to do just that. From September through April, twelve Memphis Symphony musicians coach string, woodwind, brass and percussion students. Some of the students receive one-on-one coaching while other students work together in groups.

MSO cellist Ruth Burgess works one-on-one with a cello student at Overton.

The musicians address a range of challenges such as preparing students for auditions and competitions, improving ensemble performance, and of course working on repertoire and playing techniques. An important aspect of the program is for MSO musicians to encourage peer review in which students give positive feedback and constructive suggestions to their fellow classmates during master class sessions. This process affords students the opportunity to evaluate performance, offer constructive criticism, selfexamine, and receive criticism. Most importantly, this initiative provides students with the experience of working with professional musicians to increase their own level of playing. These experiences help students develop skills and abilities to work together to attain excellence, widen their knowledge of musical repertoire, and foster a sense of personal growth and accomplishment. In the first year of the program, the impact the MSO coaches had on the students’ playing abilities was evident: the Overton Orchestra received a superior rating at the 2011 Concert Festival, and Colonial Band students achieved higher All West audition scores. According 40

to the teachers these results were the result of MSO coaching. The teachers also indicate students are more confident in their playing after working with their coaches, and they talk excitedly about working with their individual musician. Offering special performance opportunities is another benefit of the program. In 2011, Colonial’s orchestra students played side-by-side with the MSO during the Symphony’s Young People’s Concert; in February 2012 Overton Band students will participate. Colonial hosted an MSO “Classic Accents” rehearsal and students from both schools were invited to attend. Having contact with professional musicians gives aspiring students connections with the performing world. They see firsthand how preparation leads to performance and how excellence is achieved through hard work, a lesson they can take with them wherever they go and whatever they do in their lives.

Clarinetist Rena Feller coaches the Overton Woodwind Quintet, focusing on elements and practices of successful small ensemble performance.

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Jean de Frank & Joy Brown Wiener, former Concertmaster Adrienne Park, Mei-Ann Chen, David Carlisle, family of Adrienne and David Philip de Frank, Marsha Evans, Jean de Frank, Vincent de Frank, Russel Wiener & Joy Brown Wiener view the plaques commemorating Vincent de Frank’s and Joy Brown Wiener’s tenures with the MSO in the stairwell near the Parterre level.

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Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. - Cannon Center

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Classical Mystery Tour The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded.  Transcribed note-for-note by Martin Herman, from early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them before. Many have called it “the best show the Beatles never did!”  Since its initial performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has performed with more than 100 orchestras across the United States and around the world, receiving accolades from fans and the media. Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; John Brosnan (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman frequently guest conducts the symphony orchestra.  A Classical Mystery Tour CD recorded live with a symphony orchestra, official Classical Mystery Tour t-shirts, and other merchandise is available on their website: The group is available after every performance to autograph their CDs and programs.


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A Tribute to Motown: The Contours Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. - Cannon Center

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The Contours

In the late 1950s in Detroit, two singers named Joe Billingslea and Billy Gordon left their group (The Majestics) to create their own vocal group. Billingslea placed an ad in the local paper for other singers and Billy Hoggs answered it. Hoggs suggested they also consider his neighbor, Billy Rollins. Billingslea and Gordon agreed and named the quartet “The Blenders.” Almost immediately, Rollins was replaced with another friend of Hoggs named Leroy Fair. After singing together for a while, the group decided that adding a fifth member would round out the harmonies and complete the sound that Billingslea and Gordon were looking for. They added Hubert Johnson. By the fall of 1960, The Blenders believed they had perfected their sound to the point where they could make a recording. They visited a music company called “Flick and Contour Records.” The audition didn’t pan out, but Billingslea, intrigued by the company’s name convinced the group to change its name to “The Contours.” In January 1961, Motown released The Contours “Whole Lotta Woman,” “Come On And Be Mine.” The record did not have much success. Shortly afterward, there was some disappointing news for Leroy Fair. Despite his great voice, Leroy couldn’t handle the required choreography. The group replaced him with Bennie Reeves. Reeves tenure ended when the United States Navy called him to active duty. Sylvester Potts replaced Reeves. This group recorded, “The Stretch,” “Funny” which didn’t fare much better than the first effort. However, for The Contours, the third time would become the charm! In 1962, Gordy created a new label for Motown Records called the Gordy label and signed The Contours as its first artist. In the summer of 1962, the group recorded Berry Gordy Jr.’s, “Do You Love Me,” resulting in the group’s first hit. Within two weeks of its release, the song roared to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, taking the #1 spot on the R&B charts and #3 on the pop charts. It remained on the charts for five months. In 1963, the group charted another hit, sending “Shake Sherry” to the #21 position on the R&B charts (#43 pop). In 1964, they charted “Can You Do It” at #41 R&B. Still in 1964, they recorded a ballad entitled “The Day When She Needed Me.” The group had irreconcilable creative differences with Motown. At a 1964 meeting with Berry Gordy, Jr., original members Joe Billingslea and Billy Hoggs along with Sylvester Potts announced they were quitting. A week later original member Hubert Johnson resigned, leaving Billy Gordon as the only original member of the group. Motown reconstructed the group as a quartet, adding Council Gay, Jerry Green and Alvin English. The reconstituted group recorded and released “Can You Jerk Like Me??” On the flip side was “The Day When She Needed Me” by the earlier members of The Contours. Both songs charted in 1965 (#15 R&B and #37 R&B/#47 pop respectively). The reconstituted group also charted “First I Look At the Purse” (#12 R&B/#57 pop, 1965). After a year Sylvester Potts returned to the group replacing Alvin English. However, almost immediately afterwards, the only remaining original member, Billy Gordon, left and was replaced by Joe Stubbs. This group charted “Just a Little Misunderstanding” (#18 R&B/#85 pop, 1966). Joe Stubbs quit and was replaced by Dennis Edwards (who would later replace David Ruffin in The Temptations). After its contract with Motown expired, The Contours disbanded.. In 1971, original member Joe Billingslea revived the group, playing a few dates here and there. In 1984, “Do You Love Me” was included in the movie, “Dirty Dancing,” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. This revived the song and it returned to the pop charts in July 1988 for eight weeks, peaking at #11. The movie soundtrack spawned a “Dirty Dancing Concert Tour”, which featured THE CONTOURS, entertaining over two million fans in eight countries. The “Dirty Dancing Tour” was Performance’s 1998 Variety Act of the Year. The tour also gave birth to a live CD release. THE CONTOURS contributed “Get Ready,” “Higher and Higher,” “Cry to Me” and “Do You Love Me” to the 1989 release “Dirty Dancing Live In Concert.” In September 1998, THE CONTOURS released a CD, “Great Dirty Dancing Hits”, sprinkled with several of their hits as well as hits of other artists. In July 1999, yet another Dirty Dancing CD, “Dirty Dancing: More Dirty Dancing” which included “Do You Love Me” was released. In all, re-released version contributed to ten million new copies of the song, “Do You Love Me.” THE CONTOURS have been nominated for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 52

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Mei-Ann Chen music director One of the most dynamic young conductors in America, Mei-Ann Chen has recently completed her first season as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. During this time, the impact of her energy, enthusiasm and high level of music-making has already been felt by the orchestra, audiences and entire community. In July of 2011, she also assumed the music directorship of the Chicago Sinfonietta, only the second person in the orchestra’s history to hold this position. Upcoming highlights include debuts on the Chicago Symphony subscription series, the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Aspen Music Festival. Other debuts include the symphonies of Jacksonville, Louisiana, Naples, Nashville, North Carolina, Pasadena, San Diego, Sarasota and Tampere Philharmonic in Finland. In great demand as a guest conductor, Ms. Chen recently stepped in on short notice for her very well-received subscription series debut with the Cincinnati Symphony. She has also appeared with the symphonies of Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton (Canada), Florida, Fort Worth, National (Washington, DC), Oregon, Pacific, Phoenix, Seattle and Toronto, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Worldwide engagements include all the principal Danish orchestras, BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony in England, Graz Symphony in Austria, National Symphony of Mexico, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony in Norway, and Norrlands Opera in Sweden. The first woman to win the Malko Competition (2005), Ms. Chen has served as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta, Baltimore and Oregon symphonies. The positions in Atlanta and Baltimore were sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. Recipient of the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship, she has appeared jointly with Marin Alsop and Stefan Sanderling in highly acclaimed subscription concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra. In 2002, Ms. Chen was unanimously selected as Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and the model for many of the youth orchestras in the United States. During her five-year tenure with the orchestra, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was honored with a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education. Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen has lived in the United States since 1989. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Kenneth Kiesler. Prior to that, she was the first student in New England Conservatory’s history to receive master’s degrees, simultaneously, in both violin and conducting. Ms. Chen also participated in the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. and the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. 56

Stilian Kirov associate conductor Stilian Kirov is currently the Associate Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. In the 2011-12 Season, he also joins the conducting staff of the Seattle Symphony for a few weeks of residency. For the 20122013 season Mr. Kirov will become the Seattle Symphony’s new Assistant Conductor, leaving his post in Memphis. He previously served as Music Director and founder of the Art Symphony Orchestra in New York and has conducted major orchestras in France, Germany, Italy, Greece, United States and in his native country Bulgaria. Mr. Kirov was awarded numerous prizes and merits including Third Prize and the Orchestra Preference Award at the 2010 Mitropoulos Conducting Competition, The Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement at the Juilliard School, 1st distinction (equal 4th place) at the V Witold Lutosławski International Contest for Young Conductors and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Kirov has been awarded France’s 2010 "Young Conducting Talent" Prize by ADAMI Association, culminating in a showcase concert at the Salle Gaveau with Orchestre Colonne in October, 2010. Following the successful performance, Mr. Kirov was re-invited to conduct the orchestra's 2011-12 Season Opening Concert in Paris. 2011 also marks Mr. Kirov's debut at the prestigious Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The members of the Festival's honorary committee include some of the world's most distinguished artists such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Yo-Yo Ma, among others. Stilian Kirov served as assistant conductor at the National Repertory Orchestra in 2009 and l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Massy in France for the 2005-2006 Season. He also worked as a cover conductor for the Princeton Symphony in 2009-2010 and for a co-production between Opéra de Massy and Opéra National de Montpellier in 2005. Mr. Kirov has collaborated with orchestras around the globe including Orchestre Colonne (France), Orchestra of Colours (Greece), State Hermitage Orchestra (Russia), New World Symphony, The Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), National Repertory Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra “Leopolis” (Ukraine), The Juilliard Orchestra, The Lansing Smphony, and others. Mr. Kirov has graduated from the Orchestral Conducting Program of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Maestro James DePreist. He also holds a master’s degree from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where his teacher was Dominique Rouits. Additionally, he has attended masterclasses with such distinguished conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Gianluigi Gelmetti, George Manahan and Asher Fisch, among others. As a pianist, Mr. Kirov is a gold medalist of the “Claude Kahn” International Piano Competition in Paris, 2001 and has worked with eminent conductors such as Maestro James Conlon, Roberto Abbado and James Levine.

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Susanna Perry Gilmore concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 1997. During her tenure with the MSO, Ms. Gilmore has frequently been featured as a soloist, including performances of the W. A. Mozart Violin Concerto no. 5 in A Major, Alban Berg Violin Concerto, Max Bruch Scottish Fantasy, J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerti, Karl Amadeus Hartmann Concerto Funebre, W.A. Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Erich Korngold Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Antonio Vivaldi Four Seasons. Ms. Gilmore maintains an active schedule of solo recitals and chamber performances and in August 2009 was nationally broadcast twice on NPR’s Performance Today. She currently holds the position of Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis, Applied Violin Instructor at Rhodes College, and Valade Violin Fellow at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. During her tenure in Memphis, Ms. Gilmore’s performance abilities have contributed to a wide variety of musical programs. In October 2008 she and her husband collaborated with the Tennessee Shakespeare Company to compose, arrange and perform Celtic music for the production of As You Like It and she also arranged and adapted the music of Bela Bartok for the October 2009 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She will appear in both dramatic and musical roles in the upcoming film, Narcissus, filmed on location in Lithuania and premiering Fall of 2011. Ms. Gilmore has twice been named Premier String Player in the region by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; she has appeared on recordings by Kallen Esperian, Shelby Lynne, Ruby Wilson, and the Naxos and Dorian record labels. She has also served as a faculty member and guest artist at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Grand Canyon Music Festival. Ms. Gilmore received her Bachelor’s in Music at Oxford University, England and spent a year of postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with violinist Yfrah Neaman. She then received her Master’s degree in Violin Performance at New England Conservatory in Boston under the instruction of James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music and Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. Before joining the Memphis Symphony, Ms. Gilmore spent two years as a member of the Rackham String Quartet, a nationally touring ensemble based in California. She was also a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Norfolk Music Festival, and the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival. When not working as a classical violinist, Ms. Gilmore plays the Irish fiddle with her husband Barry in the band Planet Reel and spends time with her two daughters Katy and Zoe and her dog Heidi. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin. This year marks her fifteenth and final season with the orchestra, after which she will join the Omaha Symphony Orchestra in the position of Concertmaster. Ms. Gilmore is profoundly grateful for her years with the MSO, the opportunity to perform with its excellent musicians and for the many wonderful audiences in Memphis.


Lawrence Edwards artistic director of the mso chorus Lawrence Edwards has been Artistic Director of the Memphis Symphony Chorus since the 1987-1988 season. He has also been the Director of Choral Activities for the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music since 1987; his responsibilities there include directing the vocal ensemble Sound Fuzion, the University Singers and the University Chamber Choir. He also coordinates the graduate program in conducting mentoring both masters and doctoral students pursing degrees Choral Conducting. During summers, Dr. Edwards also teaches graduate classes at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. He is active as a choral clinician, working with junior and senior high school honor choirs throughout the nation. Dr. Edwards received his undergraduate degree in music from Seattle Pacific University, where he directed the Seattle Pacific Singers. He holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music from the University of Illinois at Champaign, where he studied orchestral conducting with Romanian conductor Mircia Cristescu. Prior to assuming his position at the University of Memphis and the Memphis Symphony, he was Director of Choral Activities, Music Director and Conductor of Musical Theatre at West Virginia University at Morgantown.

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Memphis Symphony Orchestra mei-ann chen, music director Violin I Susanna Perry Gilmore, Concertmaster The Joy Brown Wiener Chair

Paul Turnbow, Assistant Concertmaster The Maxine Morse Chair

Marisa Polesky, Assistant Principal Barrie Cooper, Assistant Principal Laurie Pyatt Wen-Yih Yu Jessica Munson Greg Morris Long Long Kang Violin II Gaylon Patterson, Acting Principal The Dunbar and Constance Abston Chair

Heather Trussell, Acting Assistant Principal Erin Kaste, Acting Assistant Principal Christine Palmer Ann Spurbeck Neal Shaffer Lenore McIntyre* Viola Jennifer Puckett, Principal The Corinne Falls Murrah Chair

Michelle Pellay-Walker, Assistant Principal Marshall Fine, Assistant Principal Irene Wade Karen Casey Michael Barar Kent Overturf Beth Luscombe Cello Ruth Valente Burgess, Principal The Vincent de Frank Chair

Iren Zombor, Assistant Principal Milena Albrecht, Assistant Principal Phyllis Long Jonathan Kirkscey Griffin Browne 60

Jeffery Jurcuikonis Susan Rice Mark Wallace Bass Scott Best, Principal   Christopher Butler, Assistant Principal Andrew Palmer David Troupe Jeremy Upton Sara Chiego Flute Karen Busler, Principal The Marion Dugdale McClure Chair

Todd Skitch Sarah Beth Hanson Piccolo Sarah Beth Hanson Oboe Joseph Salvalaggio, Principal Saundra D’Amato Shelly Sublett, Assistant Principal English Horn Shelly Sublett Clarinet James Gholson, Principal Rena Feller Nobuko Igarashi Bass Clarinet Nobuko Igarashi Bassoon Jennifer Rhodes, Principal Michael Scott Christopher Piecuch

Contrabassoon Christopher Piecuch

Bass Trombone Mark Vail

Horn Samuel Compton, Principal

Tuba Charles Schulz, Principal

The Morrie A. Moss Chair

Robert Patterson Caroline Kinsey Pamela Kiesling Ion Balu* Trumpet Scott Moore, Principal The Smith & Nephew Chair

Susan Enger J. Michael McKenzie Trombone Greg Luscombe, Principal James Albrecht  Mark Vail

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Timpani Frank Shaffer, Principal Percussion David Carlisle, Principal Ed Murray, Assistant Principal Harp Marian Shaffer, Principal The Ruth Marie Moore Cobb Chair

Piano/Celeste Adrienne Park, Principal The Buzzy Hussey and Hal Brunt Chair

* Currently on leave.


Memphis Symphony Orchestra governance & staff Board of Directors Officers Paul Bert Chair Retired Corporate Executive

Darrell Cobbins Universal Commercial Real Estate

Scott Moore Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Mark Crosby Crosby & Higgins LLP

Gloria Nobles Emeritus

Ryan Fleur President & CEO Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Billie Jean Graham Memphis Symphony League

Carol W. Prentiss River Oaks Investments

Steven L. Guinn Highwoods Properties

Robert Quinn FedEx

Michael Edwards Chair Elect Banking Consultant

Larry J. Hardy Retired Corporate Executive

Janet Seessel Arts Advocate

Bryan Jordan Secretary First Horizon National Corp

Scott Heppel Retired Corporate Executive

Louis Jehl Treasurer Diversified Trust Company Michael Uiberall Immediate Past Chair Watkins Uiberall Board Louise Barden First Tennessee Bank Paul Berz

Jim Vining Vining Sparks

Lowry Howell Southeastern Asset Management

Anneliese Watts Morgan Keegan

Buzzy Hussey Babcock Gifts

Jeff Weintraub Weintraub, Stock & Grisham

Natalie Kerr UT Medical Group, Inc

Russ Wigginton Rhodes College

Joanna Lipman Arts Advocate

Past Chairs Dunbar Abston, Jr. Newton P. Allen, Esq.* Walter P. Armstrong, Jr.* Leo Bearman, Jr., Esq. Troy Beatty* Paul Bert Jack R. Blair Robert L. Booth, Jr. Judge Bailey Brown* Robert E. Cannon* George E. Cates Charles P. Cobb, Esq.* Nancy R. Crosby*

Ritche Manley Bowden Arts Advocate

The Honorable Mark Luttrell Shelby County Government

Dr. Karen Bowyer Dyersburg State Community College

Alec McLean New South Capital Management

Austin Byrd

Lisa Mendel Memphis Symphony Chorus


Charles Shipp Architect

George E. Falls, Jr. David B. Ferraro Lewis E. Holland William F. Kirsh* Martha Ellen Maxwell

Dr. Joseph Parker* G. Dan Poag Thomas M. Roberts Jeff Sanford P.K. Seidman*

The Memphis Symphony League Board of Directors Billie Jean Graham, Florence Leffler President Sissy Long Babbie Lovett Priscilla Alexander Eloise Mays Honey Cannon Donna McManus Scottie Cobb Mabel McNeill Mary Lawrence Flinn Amy Meadows Eula Horrell Susan Moskop Nancy Lou Jones Charlotte Neal Administration Ryan Fleur President & CEO

Veronica Bashbush Director of Strategic Planning & Projects Accountability Anita Redden Chief Financial Officer

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Douglas Whitaker Director of Operations Jenny Compton Music Librarian Laura Mirahver Orchestra Personnel Manager Susan Miville Director of Musician Engagement Grants Teams Rhonda Causie Director of Grants & Innovation

Ricardo Callender Grants & Accountability Specialist

Michael Uiberall Joseph Weller Dr. Russel L. Wiener (*deceased)

Gloria Nobles Tommie Pardue Dr. Chloee Poag Dr. Marilyn Powell Dr. Libby Pritchard Shelly Sublett Lura Turner Joan Weiss Joy Brown Wiener Patron Engagement Nicki Inman Vice President of Patron Engagement

Denise Borton Director of Patron Engagement & Marketing Nicole Davis Patron Engagement Manager Erica Eason Patron Engagement Assistant Chris Owens Patron Engagement & Advancement Manager Mandy Porch Box Office Manager Ellen Rolfes Philanthropy Consultant


Letter from the League President As we look back on the successes of 2011, we look forward to the opportunities offered in 2012. It is hard to believe that a year has gone by. Let’s review some of our successes of 2011: * The “Home for the Holidays” concert conducted by Associate Conductor, Stilian Kirov, gave us a joyful evening * Our Christmas Gala, “A Magical Holiday Party”, under the capable leadership of Lura and Steve Turner was a delight * Two successful parties enabled the League to make a gift of $35,000 to the Symphony. * Just in Membership dues alone you gave $9,730 to further the work and outreach of the Symphony. Congratulations and thank you. Looking forward to 2012, on February 10 we will bid a fond farewell to our Concertmaster, Susanna Perry Gilmore. She has made valuable contributions to the Symphony and we wish her well. Best of all, we have six remaining concerts for the year. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I know it takes the avid support of many music lovers to sustain a great Symphony. Together we are doing that. Upward and onward in 2012!!!!

Billie Jean Graham President Memphis Symphony League

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The Symphony Plays at Union Mission On January 3, 2012, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Stilian Kirov, gave a free performance for homeless men at the Memphis Union Mission’s Opportunity Center. The performance marked the third anniversary of the death of philanthropist Gayle Rose’s son, Max. The concert was part of a larger effort of Team Max, a philanthropy group that began with Max’s friends, as a way to continue Max’s service in the community and an opportunity to bring music and healing to members of our community who have never before experienced the symphony. Programming included: Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”; Mozart’s Adagio from the “Clarinet Concerto in A Major,” played by MSO principal clarinetist James Gholson; “O Fortuna,” the first movement of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”; and the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The event drew a standing-room only crowd of nearly 400 community members, homeless men, and Team Max supporters.


Happy Birthday Elvis concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey & Band January 7, 2012

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Thank You Memphis Business! The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is fortunate to have many generous companies whose commitment to the arts in Memphis enables us to present the quality concerts and community programs our patrons have come to expect. At this printing of Experience, the following corporations have joined us for the 2011-2012 season. $100,000+









Less than $1,500

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The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is fortunate to have many generous foundations whose commitment to the arts in Memphis enables us to present community programs. At this printing of Experience, the following institutions have joined us for the 2011-2012 season.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Jeniam Foundation

Children’s Foundation of Memphis Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation Thomas W. Briggs Foundation

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Symphony Fund 2011-2012 As a community-supported organization committed to Memphis, the MSO depends more than ever before on the generosity of donors who make it possible for us to make meaningful experiences through music. We are pleased to offer the following benefits in response to your support: Maestro’s Partners $10,000 and above (Fair Market Value is $350) Maestro’s Partners welcomes annual donors of $10,000 and above. In recognition of their support, donors receive unprecedented opportunity to engage with the MSO through personalized events. For more information, please call Nicki Inman, Vice President of Patron Engagement at 537-2519. Benefactor $5,000 - $9,999 (Fair Market Value is $295) Invitation to join Maestro Mei-Ann Chen and the orchestra on stage for a Masterworks or Classic Accents rehearsal Personalized concierge ticket services (with waiver of service fees) Plus all below Patron $2,500 - $4,999 (Fair Market Value is $275) Invitation to MSO Annual Review meeting Invitation to the annual Season Preview Party Invitation to luncheons with musicians Eight passes for free parking at the Cook Convention Center, good for Masterworks or Pops concerts. Plus all below Golden Circle $1,000 - $2,499 (Fair Market Value is $200) Admission to the donors-only Golden Circle Room, during intermission, at Masterworks and Pops concerts. Plus all below MSO Associates Associate $600 - $999 (Fair Market Value is $100) Invitation to a backstage tour of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts by Ryan Fleur. Opportunity to purchase tickets in advance Plus all below Member $300 - $599 (Fair Market Value is $100) Invitation to MSO open rehearsals Plus all below Friend $100 - $299 (Fair Market Value is $40) Two tickets to Contributor Recognition Night Acknowledgment in Experience, the MSO concert magazine, in all volumes published during the season Supporter Up to $99 Acknowledgment in Experience, the MSO concert magazine, in one volume published during the season. Consider a gift to the Symphony Fund today! To donate, visit the MSO office, go online to, call (901) 537-2525 or mail to 585 S. Mendenhall Road, Memphis, TN 38117. 70

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Memphis Youth Symphony Program Musical Leaders Since 1966 | Stilian Kirov, Music Director 66 South Cooper Street Suite 509, Memphis, TN 38104 | | (901) 722-4004 The Memphis Youth Symphony Program is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit and depends on generous support from a variety of donors and sponsors. Give generously to support great music education in our community!

Youth Symphony, Stilian Kirov, Conductor Fall Concert | November 20, 2011 6:00 PM Harding Academy Concerto Concert | February 19, 2012 4:30 PM Harding Academy Spring Concert | April 29, 2012 4:30 PM Harding Academy

String Orchestra, Ray Pak Chung Cheng, Conductor Fall Concert | November 13, 2011 4:30 PM Harris Auditorium U of M Winter Concert | February 26, 2012 4:30 PM Venue: TBD Spring Concert | May 6, 2012 4:30 PM Harris Auditorium U of M

String Sinfonia and String Ensemble, Karla Philipp, Conductor Fall Concert | November 8, 2011 7:30 PM Colonial Middle School Winter Concert | February 28, 2012 7:30 PM Colonial Middle School

Sounds Of The Season Concert! | December 17, 2011 3:30 PM Featuring All Four Groups! | Venue: McCallum Ballroom Rhodes College

2012-2013 Season Auditions In May, 2012 For All Four Groups

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Youth Symphony Full orchestra: strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp, piano Advanced - Ages 13-18 approximately Four concerts per season Side-by-side concert/rehearsal with professional performers Concerto Competition - winners featured as soloists

String Orchestra All string instruments - violin, viola, cello, bass Intermediate to Advanced - Ages 12-16 approximately Four concerts per season

String Sinfonia All string instruments Training group for String Orchestra Intermediate - Ages 12-16 approximately Three concerts per season

String Ensemble All string instruments Training group for String Orchestra Beginner to intermediate - Ages 8-14 approximately Three concerts per season


Contributions Thank you! Individuals, corporations, foundations, ArtsMemphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission and others make annual contributions to support our Symphony. Because the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, like orchestras throughout the country, obtains less than 30% of our income from ticket sales, these gifts and grants are crucial to our ability to provide music of the highest quality. The following community members have expressed their support for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra between December 1, 2010 and January 4, 2012. We are most appreciative.

Virtuoso ($100,000 + ) Anonymous Arts Memphis Impresario - ($50,000 - $99,999) Paul & Linnea Bert Mr. Milton T. Schaeffer Visionary - ($25,000 - $49,999) Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. George E. Cates Wil & Sally Hergenrader Scott & Carolyn Heppel The Jeniam Foundation Mrs. Thomas N. Stern Joy & Russel Wiener Pacesetter - ($15,000 - $24,999) Phyllis & Paul Berz Buzzy Hussey & Hal Brunt Kim & Bryan Jordan Marion & James McClure Susan & Robert J. Quinn The Scheidt & Hohenberg Families Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Seessel III Sustainer - ($10,000 - $14,999) Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Bruns Kitty Cannon & Jim Waller Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Craddock Michael J. Douglass Jeff & Tara Engelberg Mary Lee & Peter Formanek Sylvia Marks Trust Andrew R. & Anne H. McCarroll Phillip & Mabel McNeill Craig A. Simrell & Mark Greganti Bonnie & Chapman Smith Lynne & Henry Turley Ann & Jim Vining Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Weller Benefactor - ($5,000 - $9,999) Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation Violet Apperson 72

Mr. & Mrs. Marion S. Boyd, Jr. Mrs. Phyllis Brannon Mrs. Alice Rawlins Burnett Andrew Clarkson Bill & Foy Coolidge Michael & Carolyn Edwards Mr. & Mrs. John S. Evans Robin Lauren & Peter Hale Formanek Advised Fund Dr. Suzanne Gronemeyer & Mr. Ellis Delin Pam & Steve Guinn Larry J. Hardy Lowry Howell Dorothy O. Kirsch J. W. & Emily McAllister Carol W. Prentiss Schadt Foundation, Inc. Charles & Nino Shipp Andie & Michael Uiberall Jack & Cristina Ward Patron - ($2,500 - $4,999) William & Mary Louise Barden Jack & Kathleen Blair Florence & Scott Bohon Ms. Mei-Ann Chen Mr. & Mrs. John H. Coats Nancy & Chuck Coe Mark Crosby Farrell Calhoun, Inc. Ryan Fleur & Laura Banchero Robert & Martha Fogelman Bradley & Robert Fogelman Kathy & J. W. Gibson Mr. Sigmund F. Hiller Dr. & Mrs. Masanori Igarashi Brian & Nicki Inman Lisa & Louis Jehl Ellen Cooper Klyce Mr. Edwin Koshland III Suzana & Michael Lightman Joanna & Josh Lipman Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Marshall Mr. & Mrs. Alexander D. McLean Dr. & Mrs. Dan Meadows Mark A. Medford Ron & Jessica Morris

Elisabeth & Lewis Perry Sadie & C.J. Pickering Anca Pop Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. Powell CAPT & Mrs. Robert R. Proctor, USN (Ret.) Jeff Sanford & Cynthia Ham Jenny & Graham Smith Patricia & Charles Walker Mrs. Nancy S. Walker Dr. Jane Walters Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Weintraub Partner - ($1,000 - $2,499) Ben & Kathy Adams Peter & Fran Addicott Anita Allison Kay Farrish & Roger Arango Charles S. & Stephanie Baer Richard W. Barnes & Peter R. Pauciello Carol & Bert Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Stanley L. Bilsky Mr. & Mrs. Emile A. Bizot III Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Bodine, Jr. Joseph Boeckmann, Jr. Phillip Bowden & Ritche Manley Bowden Dr. Karen A. Bowyer Michelle & Austin Byrd Canale Foundation Robert & Jenny Carter Dan & Rhonda Causie Dr. Fenwick W. Chappell Gloria & Irvine Cherry Chorus Board of Directors Mikki & Darrell Cobbins Robert A. Cox Mr. & Mrs. David Crippen Dr. & Mrs. Ray E. Curle Barbara A. Denley Mr. & Mrs. William W. Deupree, Jr. Susan & David Ellison Mr. & Mrs. David B. Ferraro Ms. Kathy Fish Mr. William H. French III Barbara & Hiram Fry Allison Garrott Dr. Phillip George Trow Gillespie Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Goodman Salil & Malika Goorha Martha & Jerrold Graber For Tickets 901-537-2525

Billie Jean Graham Judith & John Hansen Dot Harwood David O. Hill & Elisabeth Hills Lunida & Lewis Holland Mr. & Mrs. Walter B. Howell, Jr. Terri & Don Hutson Mrs. Barbara Hyde Dr. & Mrs. Eric E. Johnson Ms. Rose M. Johnston Sue Kaplan Dr. Natalie Kerr Susan Kingston Delores Kinsolving Knapp Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon Korones Marcia & Jerry Kronenberg Marti & Mike Laslavic Florence Leffler LeMay+Lang Daniel Lewis Dr. & Mrs. William E. Long Mr. & Mrs. Jerome B. Makowsky William D. & Marcia B. Mathis III Martha Ellen Maxwell Mr. & Mrs. Michael McDonnell Jean & Michael McSwain Dr. Lisa & Dr. Maurice I. Mendel Nancy & Rodgers Menzies Zoe & Alan Nadel Gloria P. Nobles Dr. Frank & Mrs. Sarah Ognibene Mr. & Mrs. J. A. O’Neill, Jr. Tommie Pardue Marianne Parrs Robert G. Patterson, Jr. & Patricia Gray Clint & Esther Pearson Mrs. Barbara J. Perkins Johnny & Kim Pitts Chloee & Dan Poag Mr. & Mrs. Bryson Randolph Mr. Anita Redden Dr. & Mrs. Brown Robertson Gayle S. Rose Carol Lee & Joe Royer Diane Rudner Jeff Sanford & Cynthia Ham Jocelyn & William Rudner Suzanne Satterfield, M.D. & John Pickens, M.D. Dr. Charles A. & Mrs. Sharen Schulz 73

Contributions Mr. & Mrs. Corey B. Trotz Steve & Lura Turner Dr. Eugene A. Vaccaro Family Ms. Susan Van Dyck & Dr. James Newcomb James Walker Mr. & Mrs. William M. Vaughan, Jr. James L. Waller Graham Warr Dr. & Mrs. Otis S. Warr III K.C. & Jeff Warren Frank & Houston Watson Anneliese & William Watts Martha & Lee Wesson Barry White & Dr. Janice Garrison

Mary M. Seratt Patricia & John Seubert John Shea Estelle & John Sheahan William W. Siler Ron & Linda Sklar Bruce R. & Jane Scharding Smedley Karen Spacek & William Solmson Nancye Starnes Bruce & Gillian Steinhauer Mr. & Mrs. John W. Stokes, Jr. Owen & Margaret Tabor Paul G. Thomas Ashley & Todd Tobias

2011|2012 MEI-ANN’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Mei-Ann’s Circle of Friends is a women’s philanthropic giving circle honoring Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, whose artistic vision is reshaping the city’s cultural center. This critical group of diverse community investors is called to be stakeholders who support and steward her vision as a creative catalyst for innovation through the performing arts. Most importantly, Mei-Ann’s Circle of Friends welcomes new members, as its ultimate mission is to be an instrument of inclusion. Gayle Rose, co-chair Ritche Bowden, co-chair Anita Allison Pam Arrindell Louise Barden Sharon Barnett-Myers Joey Beckford Phyllis Berz Kathy Blair Peggy Bodine Martha Boyd Sonji Branch Ruby Bright Lillian Brown Alice Burnett Kitty Cannon Jenny Carter Dr. Nancy Chase Dorothy Cleaves Mikki Cobbins

Seandria Cobbins Nancy Coe Kimela Cox Deborah Craddock Joy Doss MaryAnn Eagle Kathy Fish Allison Garrott Billie Jean Graham Rose Johnston Cynthia Ham Buzzy Hussey Barbara Hyde Dale Kelman Edith Kelly-Green Delores Kinsolving Dorothy Kirsch Ellen Klyce Suzanne Landau Florence Leffler Suzana Lightman Joanna Lipman

Gretchen McLennon Bickie McDonnell Linda McNeil Mabel McNeill Ashley Mayfield Suzanne Medford Nancy Menzies Snow Morgan Brooke Morrow Jenny Nevels Gloria Nobles Tommie Pardue Barbara Perkins Carol Prentiss Mary Alice Quinn Susan Quinn Ellen Rolfes Diane Rudner Lila Saunders Honey Scheidt Janet Seessel Rachel Shankman

Lynda Mead Shea Alisa Smallwood Bonnie Smith Rita Sparks Nancye Starnes Anne Stokes Margaret Tabor Ashley Tobias Lura Turner Andie Uiberall Anita Vaughn Kimmie Vaulx Ann Vining Jane Walters Becky West Sharon Wheeler Joy Wiener Julia Williams Tracey Williams Barbara Williamson Jocelyn Wurzburg

Sponsorships Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust

Paragon Bank Phyllis Berz Deborah Craddock

Hyde Foundation Ellen Klyce Gayle Rose

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Mike & Gay Williams Julia G. Williams Tracey Williams Barbara Williamson Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Wurtzburger Associate - ($600 - $999) Ms. Carol Beachey & Mr. Donald Voth Mrs. Irvin Bogatin Walter Brown Reggi & Sharon Burch Gary Carlson Betty & Leiland Duke Lillian & Kemper Durand Sara G. Folis Ms. Barbara A. Frederick Dot & Luther Gause Emily & Jerry Gay Susan Lawless-Glassman & Richard Glassman Dr. Edward S. & Linda S. Kaplan Jennifer Lyons Mary Allie & Denton McLellan Ms. Patricia T. Moran Mr. & Mrs. Joe Royer Dr. Craig & Mrs. Andrea Sander Robert Vidulich & Diane Sachs Dr. Ethelyn Williams-Neal Mr. Winston Wolfe Member - ($300 - $599) Anonymous (5) Gwendolyn & John Ahlemann Frank Anthony Sue & A.E. Balkin Mary Nell & Pervis Ballew John & Wanda Barzizza Mary & Allen Battle Denise & Scott Borton J. Richard Briscoe Gregory Buckley & Susan Berry-Buckley Judy & Charles Burkett Joanne & George Buzard Dr. Nancy A. Chase Mrs. Laura J. Crane Mary Davis Drs. Robert & Heather Donato Lewis Donelson Dr. Michael R. Drompp Fredrika & Joel Felt Joseph & Anne Fisher For Tickets 901-537-2525

Mr. & Mrs. E. W. Gaudet, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James S. Gilliland John Gilmer Diane Greenhill Phyllis Guenter Robert Hanusovsky Dr. Jean S. Hayden Emil Henry Paul & Marisa Hess Judith & Howard Hicks Bill & Marian Himmelreich Dr. & Mrs. Horace K. Houston, Jr. Joanna Hwang Susan & Frank Inman David & Ann James William B. Keiser, Jr. Father Albert Kirk Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd C. Kirkland, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jerry D. Kirkscey Janie & Martin Kocman Barry Kuhn Frank M. Langford, Jr. Gumersindo & Marianne Leal Lucy Lee Mrs. Esther K. Lubin Ramona & Harry Mahood Ethel T. Maxwell Jake & Harriett McFadden Lucius & Holley McGehee Shirley W. McRae Richard McStay Sylvia & Ron McSwain T. Medlin Simone & Logan Meeks Stanley & Emelia Miekicki Dr. & Mrs. Lee Milford, Jr. Dave & Jeanne Miller Dr. & Mrs. David M. Mirvis Mrs. Houston Niller Moore Ed & Anne Motley Stephen & Mary Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Greg Nomland Mr. Robert C. Owens Joy Ozbirn Ronald Pfeiffer Mary Alice Quinn Betsy Reeder Mr. & Mrs. Curtis E. Ringold Marco & Cynthia Ross Joseph & Mary Scheuner 75

Contributions Marcia Schlesinger Roy & Cyndy Shepherd Fred & Joan Stephenson Fred & Shirley Stinson Keith & Anne Townsend United Way of the Mid South Joan & James Vogel Don B. Vollman Dr. William W. Walker & Ms. Mary L. Belenchia Jules & Betty Weiss Dr. & Mrs. Benton Wheeler Stewart Wingate Mary & Rene Wolf Dr. Herbert D. Zeman Friend - ($75 - $299) Anonymous (11) Mack Acuff Marilyn Albert John Albertson Dot Arata Dr. & Mrs. Philip Aronoff Elsie Bailey Mary Baird Clayton Baker Dr. & Mrs. George I. Balas David & Debbie Balling Rosemary Banta George & Carol Barnes Robert Bartolotta & Ellen Hutchinson-Bartolotta Mrs. Frank Barton, Jr. Mr. Herbert Battle Dr. & Mrs. Tom Beasley Ann Bell Ernest Bell Mr. & Mrs. Jack A. Belz Ron & Anise Belz Kathryn & William Bendall Eugene Bernstein Dr. Karen Berry Allen & Mary Blair Clark & Yolanda Blatteis Modine & Lee Bolen Jan & John Boudreaux Martha & James Boyd Jennifer Brady Augustus Brown Caroline Brown Anne Brown Monte & Grace Brown 76

Whitney Brown Deana Brunjes Dr. & Mrs. Paul Burgar Mr. & Mrs. Gregory E. Busby Marcia Buster Linda Butler Raymond Butts Eleanor & Gerald Byrne Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Califf Ricardo Callender Dr. Patty & Dennis Calvert Cham & Hazel Canon Daniel Case Ruby Chittenden David Ciscel Andrew & Julie Clarke Charles Clerget Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. Cobb, Jr. Thomas Coffelt Allen E. Cohen Alan K. Cole James P. Cole George & Jan Colgate Fred & Pat Collins Samuel & Jenny Compton Jerry Conway Jeff & Lisa Cook Mike & Jane Coop Mr. & Mrs. William S. Craddock Brad Crawford Ann & Drury Crawley Elaine & Loren Crown Susanna & Daniel Cullen Dale & Gina Cunningham Sally Damron Susanne Darnell Diane & Joe Davis Karen Davis Marilu Davis Steve Davis Kathryn Deshpande & Jon Katze Lisa & Timothy DiScenza Ann Dixon Lisa Dixon Joe & Martha Dooley George Douglas Amy Downing Jed Dreifus John & Alice Dudas Anne Dugan

Betty Jo & William P. Dulaney Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Duncan Earline Duncan Marcia & John Dunlap Teresa Dunlap Betty & Robert Ebbers Mrs. Ruth Edmonds Patti & Lew Ellis Veronica Engle Karen English Lillian & Thomas Ernst Dr. & Mrs. John Fain Eddie Felsenthal Helen Ferguson James & Sue Ferguson Ms. Pat Fernicola Nita Faye & Brooke Ferris Tanya Fitts Jackie & David Flaum Turner Foster Desi Franklin Caroline Fruchtman Christine & William Fulliton Virginia Gandy Kathleen C. Gardner Robyn & Ted Gibboney Ann & Marsh Gibson Sharon Gilbert Mary Gill Jim & Harriett Gillis Marylon R. Glass Rose & Wesley Goldfarb Paul & Mary Evelyn Goodwin Capt. & Mrs. James P. Googe, Jr. Richard Graff Betty Tully Graves Adam & Amy Grossman Gerard & Alessandra Grosveld Dorothy Gunther Pugh Bela & Nan Hackman Mr. Reb Haizlip Clarence & Harriett Halmon William Haltom Doug Hamik Robert Hamilton Maurice Hamm Dr. & Mrs. O. Brewster Harrington Thomas Harrison III Albert C. Harvey, Jr. Diane Hawks For Tickets 901-537-2525

Janet D. Held Martha & Robert S. Hester, Jr. Sara Holmes Dr. G. Leon Howell James Howell Julia Howell Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Huff Bobby & Eva Hussey Matt Blake & Nobuko Igarashi Mr. & Mrs. Antonino Incardona Ann Indingaro Bertha Means & Michael Jacewicz Larry & Diane Jackson Mr. & Mrs. James B. Jalenak Dr. & Mrs. Russell James Mr. David Jennings Betty Jones John & Anne Jones Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. Jones Betty Lou & Warren Jones Kathy Junkin Tom & Anne Marie Kadien Helen & J.D. Kelly Don Kern Ms. Yoriko Kitai William & Betty Koval Nancy & Brian Kuhn Michael & Diane Kuhn Bobbie Kyle Mr. & Mrs. Bob Laman Kitty & Howard Lammons Dr. & Mrs. Mack A. Land Mr. & Mrs. Pierre T. Landaiche III Ms. Patsy Lane James W. Langston Ms. Demetra Lawrence Sandra Leftwich Kristin Lensch & Tim Huebner Dr. & Mrs. Michael J. Levinson Jean & Melvyn Levitch Lipscomb & Pitts Mr. & Mrs. Lester F. Lit Col. George M. Livers Aron Livnah & Rose Merry Brown Mrs. Molly Lockwood Michael Lubiani Mr. Joseph Luttrell Kyle Lynch Jose & Nancy Magallanes Jeanine Mah 77

Contributions Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Mallory Mr. Allen T. Malone Cameron Mann Charles & May Lynn Mansbach Mr. & Mrs. Jack H. Marks Frank & Mary Markus Nelda & Freeman Marr Randy & Carol Martin Nancy Masterson Shannon G. Matta, Ph.D. Kris & Lori Matula Robin Mayhall Mrs. Eloise Mays Jill & Tibor Mazar Grace McAlister Michael McCanless Peggy & Don McClure, Jr. Dave McConnico Sandra & Lynn McCorry Marion McDonald Mr. & Mrs. James W. McDonnell, Jr. Jeffrey McEvoy Geneva McGee Jeremy C. McGee Diane Meess Memphis Marriott Downtown Rita Mercille Mr. & Mrs. John E. Minton Susan Miville Dr. R. J. & Susan Moskop, Jr. Martha Myers Mrs. Sue Myers Alan’s Carpetland Ken Neill Drs. Thomas J. & Monika Nenon Julie & William Nicholson Ben Nicol Irene & Svend Nielsen Cecile & Frederick Nowak Michael Ostien Norma Davis Owen & C. Penn Owen Jr. Christopher A. Owens Mrs. Ernest Owens Rose Mary Pace Mr. & Mrs. Keith M. Parker Roylyn & Bill Parks Clyda Parrish Christina Parrott Eugene Pearlman 78

Dana Sue Percer Ms. Margaret Philbin Mr. & Mrs. Tom Phillips W. Phillips William Phillips Hajnal & Lawrence A. Pivnick O.C. Pleasant, Jr. Charles & Carole Plesofsky Maryanna Popper Libby & Howard Pritchard Lana & Gary Prosterman Gay Quaintance Brenda & Robert Rachor Lynn Rawlings Ralph Reed Gayle Rhodes Jimmy & Mary Jane Richens Mr. & Mrs. Neil Ringel Mr. Luther L. Robinson III Dr. & Mrs. E. William Rosenberg Elena Ross Dr. & Mrs. Richard T. Ross James B. Rothman Mr. R. H. Routon Aileen Ruben Thelma Rudd Barbara & Bill Runyan Amy & William Ryan Leonid & Fridrerica Saharovici Vincent Samuel Sandy & Beth Schaeffer J. Allen Scoggin Mary Lynn Scoggins Joan Senhausen Douglas Seymour Jill & Scott Shanker Phil & Fran Shannon Bonnie & Bill Siler Kenneth & Mary Sipley John H. Sligh Richard & Michelle Smeyne Marshall & Maida Smith John Snowden Mr. John C. Speer Sheri L. Spunt, M.D. Charles & Mary Stagg Shannon Stanley Jill & Kenneth Steinberg Diane D. Steven

Betty & Vaughn Stimbert David & Alicia Stires Leslie Stratton Harriett Surprise Michael Taube Herbert & Diane Taylor Robin Taylor Mrs. Janet Templeton Dr. & Mrs. Terry Templeton Lavern Terrell Heather L. Tetleton The Pillsbury Foundation Ryals & Gwendolyn Thomas John J. Thomason, Esq. Mrs. Barbara Thompson Ashley & Todd Tobias Dr. & Mrs. Steve Tower Barbara B. Turner Mr. Donald Van Riper Mr. & Mrs. David S. Waddell Mr. Edward Wallace Evelyn Walpole Gerald & Julie Walton Nicole Ward Dick & Dianne Warder Matilda Washington

VistaCare Health Services Inc. Susan S. Webb Dr. Lawrence Weeda, Jr. Judge & Mrs. Bernie Weinman Ira & Deborah Weinstein Harry Wellford Diane & Walker Wellford Bill Weppner James Werkhoven Julia Wilkins Elsa & David Williams Tige Williams Mrs. Barbara H. Wilson Betsy Wilson Elise & Robert Wilson Patricia Wilson Tripp Oneida Wittichen Jerry Wolfe Josephine M. Wood Eugene Woods Nick & Charlotte Woodward Peggy Wroten Berje & Katherine Yacoubian Mr. Paul Yacoubian Mr. & Mrs. William M. Yandell III

Matching Gifts Corporate matching gifts are a great way for MSO patrons and donors to maximize personal contributions to the Symphony and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of your company’s matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or triple your contribution. Thank you to those companies below who match current and retired employees’ contributions to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and thank you to our donors who apply for these matching gifts. For more information on matching gifts, please call (901) 537-2500. AT&T Foundation Bank of America Chevron Corporation Citigroup Foundation Digital Equipment Corporation Ernst & Young, PLLC Federated Department Stores First Horizon National Corporation First Tennessee Foundation Gap Foundation General Electric General Mills Foundation GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

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Honorariums and Memorials

The following Honorarium and Memorial contributions were made to the Symphony Fund between December 1, 2010 and January 4, 2012.

In Honor of Peter & Fran Addicott Rosemary Banta

In Memory of Michael Gompertz Joan Gips

In Honor of Michael Barar Anonymous

In Honor of Billie Jean Graham Samuel Graham

In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Belz Anonymous

In Honor of Pam and Steve Guinn Anonymous

In Honor of Paul & Linnea Bert Mr. & Mrs. George E. Cates Jennifer Lyons Anneliese & William Watts

In Honor of Scott & Carolyn Heppel Piper Gray

In Memory of Dan Bookoff Dr. & Mrs. Dan Meadows In Honor of Rhonda Causie Marian & Frank Shaffer In Honor of Mei-Ann Chen Art and Garden Club Joseph Boeckmann, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George E. Cates Joseph & Anne Fisher In Honor of Ruth Cobb Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. Cobb, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Horace K. Houston, Jr. In Memory of Billie Crenshaw Mr. & Mrs. David B. Ferraro In Honor of Virginia Cupples Kathryn A. King In Honor of Jane Dutcher Kitty Cannon Norma Rogers In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Evans Anonymous In Honor of Rena Feller Helen Ferguson

In Honor of Dr. Kenneth Hopkins Frank Anthony In Honor of Robert E. Horrell Piper Gray In Honor of Buzzy Hussey Marilyn & Franklin Allen Ms. Jeanette S. Cooley Bill and Foy Coolidge Mr. & Mrs. James S. Gilliland Bobby and Eva Hussey Tom & Garnett Hutton Bill Jones Ms. Jea n Lewis Coors Nancy & Rodgers Menzies Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Seessel III Bonnie & Chapman Smith Mr. & Mrs. John W. Stokes, Jr. In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. George Lapides Anonymous In Honor of Florence Leffler Dr. & Mrs. William E. Long Mary Alice Quinn In Memory of Mr. Ronnie Lightman Jocelyn & William Rudner In Honor of William and Sissy Long Mary Alice Quinn

In Honor of Laura, Ryan, Robert and Anna Fleur Mr. & Mrs. George E. Cates

In Honor of Sissy Long Dr. Edward S. & Linda S. Kaplan Anne and Jack Roane

In Honor of Sara G. Folis Helen Ferguson

In Honor of Gregory Luscombe Kathryn A. King

In Honor of Thomas Garrott Bill and Foy Coolidge

In Honor of Myron Mau Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Seessel III


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In Honor of Martha Ellen Maxwell Kathleen C. Gardner

In Honor of Rudi Scheidt’s Special Birthday Watkins Uiberall, PLLC

In Memory of Dorothy McDonald Mr. & Mrs. David B. Ferraro

In Honor of Charles Schulz Mrs. Sue Myers

In Honor of Memphis Symphony Chorus Board of Directors Dr. Lisa & Dr. Maurice I. Mendel

In Memory of Carroll Seabrook-Leatherman Mr. & Mrs. John S. Evans

In Honor of Nancy & Rodgers Menzies Anonymous In Honor of Dr. and Mrs. Lee Milford Martha & James Boyd In Honor of Charlotte Neal Dr. Edward S. & Linda S. Kaplan In Honor of Gloria Nobles Bill and Foy Coolidge Anne and Jack Roane In Honor of the Marriage of Michelle Pellay-Walker and Paul Pellay Paul & Linnea Bert Dan & Rhonda Causie Dr. & Mrs. Ray E. Curle Mr. & Mrs. John S. Evans John & Emelyn Joyner Dr. Edward S. & Linda S. Kaplan Thomas & Maryann Mears In Honor of Susanna Perry Gilmore Mr. & Mrs. John S. Evans Diane Greenhill Lynn Jones Sandra Leftwich In Honor of Susan and Bob Quinn Betsy Wilson In Honor of Perry Redfearn Ann Indingaro In Honor of Ellie Rencher Mary Alice Quinn In Honor of Jimmilou Rye Kathryn A. King In Honor of Rudi Scheidt, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Seessel III

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In Honor of Peggy Seessel Allen & Mary Blair In Honor of Marian & Frank Shaffer Josephine M. Wood In Memory of Donna Simmons David Simmons In Honor of David Skinner David Skinner In Honor of Dr. and Mrs. Chapman Smith Anonymous In Honor of the Marriage of Parrish & Loraine Taylor Dr. Charles M. Elliott In Honor of Dr. & Mrs. Randy Turner Bill and Foy Coolidge Holiday Tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Uiberall Suzana & Michael Lightman Dr. Lisa & Dr. Maurice I. Mendel Anonymous In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Uiberall Paul & Linnea Bert Mr. & Mrs. George E. Cates Larry J. Hardy Scott & Carolyn Heppel Anonymous In Honor of Irene Wade Diane Greenhill In Memory of Nancy L. Welsh Mr. & Mrs. John S. Evans In Honor of Corinne M. Wilson Betsy Wilson


Patron Information Your attendance constitutes consent for use of your likeness and/or voice on all video and/ or audio recordings and in photographs made during Symphony events. Box Office Location/Hours: The Box Office is located at 585 South Mendenhall Road, between Cadence Bank and Folk’s Folly. We are open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on concert Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Box Offices at the concert venues open 90 minutes prior to each performance and remain open until intermission begins. Please note that for concerts at the Cannon Center on the night of concerts tickets must be purchased through the Ticketmaster Box Office located in the east hallway. Services and Will Call for MSO patrons are located near the box office at each venue. Venues: Saturday First Tennessee Masterworks Series and Memphis Symphony Pops Series concerts are performed at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street in downtown Memphis. Paid parking is available in the Cook Convention Center garage or surface lots. (Symphony in the Gardens is performed at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens at 4339 Park Ave.) Friday performances of the Paul and Linnea Bert Classic Accent Series are at the Wiener Theater at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Road in east Memphis. First Tennessee Masterworks Sundays are performed at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), 1801 Exeter Road in Germantown. Free parking is available at Hutchison and GPAC. Cameras and Recording Devices: No photos or video recordings are allowed during the performance due to potential injury to performers on stage Concert Preview: Free pre-concert discussions begin 45 minutes prior to each First Tennessee Masterworks series performance. Join us in the Cannon Center west mezzanine and the GPAC Dance Studio to get the inside scoop on the upcoming performance. Coat Check: In the lobby of the Cannon Center and GPAC. Wheelchair Seating: Wheelchair seating is available upon request at each of our concert venues. Please call our Box Office for more information. Ticket Information Subscriptions: Buy a series and save! Subscribers get the best seats in the house. Plan for the music you love with our First Tennessee Masterworks, Pops, and Paul & Linnea Bert Classic Accents series. As a subscriber, you will not only save off the single ticket price but also enjoy priority seating and ticket flexibility! Subscribers have the opportunity to purchase the best available seats for your series before tickets go on sale to the general public. You also have the same great seats all season and every year! Subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for special events before they are available to the general public! New season ticket patrons receive up to a 50% savings off the single ticket price. Established subscribers receive up to a 33% discount for their second year and all others (3+ year) subscribers save 20% off the full price. For subscriber services or to order, call the Box Office at (901) 537-2525 or visit 84

Single Tickets: Tickets for all events are available through the MSO Box Office by phone, in person, or online at Please note that vouchers and coupons may only be redeemed at the MSO office and must be done in person. Gift Certificates: Give the gift of music! Gift certificates to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra may be purchased in any denomination. Please call the Box Office at (901) 537-2525 for details. Refunds/Exchanges: There are no refunds or exchanges on single ticket purchases or returned tickets. Subscribers have the benefit of exchanging their subsription tickets. All subscription ticket exchanges are subject to availability. Ticket exchanges must be made at least 24 hours before the date of the original performances. Lost Tickets: Subscribers can have lost tickets reprinted by calling the Box Office at (901) 537-2525 or visiting the Box Office prior to the concert. Student/Child Tickets: Student Tickets are available for $5.00 (plus applicable processing fees, excluding Memphis Messiah, Nutcracker, Symphony in the Gardens and Opus One series) to regular series concerts based on availability. Please come to the box office prior to the performance. Students must show a valid student ID. A maximum of 1 ticket per ID is available. All discount tickets are subject to availability. Group Discounts: For more information, call our Box Office at (901) 537-2525. Other Information • Please turn off all cell phones and pagers when the performance begins. • Food and beverages are not allowed in the concert halls. • Lost and Found is located at the box office. Management is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property. • Restrooms are located off the main floor, lobby and balcony areas of the concert hall. Facilities for wheel chair bound patrons are also available in each main floor restroom. First Aid • Contact an usher for assistance • Emergency Evacuation – In case of a fire or other emergency, please use the exit nearest to your seat, indicated by a lighted Exit sign. This is the shortest route out of the performing arts center. Please be sure to walk to the exit – do not run. All concerts and performers are subject to change with or without notificiation.

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2010-2011 production photos by Skip Hooper.

Our 92nd consecutive season

bye bye birdie Aug 19 – Sept 11, 2011

Nationally recognized by AACT in 2011 as an outstanding community theatre taking major steps in new directions. With a variety of entertaining shows in our 2011-12 season, see the classics, comedies, musicals and new works on the Lohrey Stage and Next Stage. Memberships include six tickets to use in any combination on any unrestricted show and Member Card benefits are all part of your membership, including discounts on adult tickets to A Christmas Carol, TM’s special events and ShoWagon children’s camps. A Christmas Carol* is not part of the season membership but season members get discounts on adult full price tickets. Season Memberships may be purchased through November 23, 2011 for only $120.

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glengarry glen ross Sept 16 – Oct 2, 2011 JAne AuSten’S emma Oct 7 – 23, 2011 sondheim concert nov 4 – 20, 2011 a christmas carol* Dec 2 – 23, 2011 the importance of being earnest Jan 27 – Feb 12, 2012 circle mirror transformation Feb 17 – March 4, 2012 chicago March 9 – April 1, 2012

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Experience Volume 3  

The third volume of the 2011|2012 Memphis Symphony Orchestra's program book.