The Evansville Philharmonic welcomes a special guest Saturday night, 11/19.

As part of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Celebrate the American Spirit” 2011-2012 season, audience members will get a rare opportunity to hear from a living American composer at the Philharmonic’s next Classics concert, “Raise the Roof with Rachmaninoff” on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Victory Theatre.  Michael Daugherty, winner of three 2011 GRAMMY Awards, will speak to the audience prior to the orchestra’s performance of his timpani concerto titled “Raise the Roof”, featuring the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal percussionist William Shaltis.  The concert program includes Berlioz’s Rakoczy March from Damnation of Faust, Daugherty’s “Raise the Roof”, and Rachmaninoff’s passionate Symphony No. 2.

Pre-concert entertainment will be provided in the Victory Theatre lobby by the University of Evansville Flute Ensemble from 6:15-6:45 p.m.   Under the direction of Maestro Alfred Savia, the orchestra begins the concert with Berlioz’s Rakoczy March from Damnation of Faust. Then, composer Michael Daugherty and percussionist William Shaltis briefly share a demonstration with the audience, highlighting special aspects within the piece for audience members to listen for during the performance.  Shaltis explains, “The timpani is an instrument that can evoke extremes of nuance and color. Of course it can be powerful and forceful, but it can also be sensitive and gentle as well.”  He adds, “The audience will hear the incredible variety of sounds and colors that the instrument can produce, as Michael has written for unusual mallets to be used, including wire brushes and maraca mallets!”

After the short demonstration, Shaltis takes the spotlight to perform Daugherty’s timpani concerto “Raise the Roof” with the orchestra.  “I would be lying if I didn't say that I am going to be a bit nervous playing for Michael,” says Shaltis, “but I think that nervous energy will translate into an energizing performance!”  When asked why it’s important for the Tri-State community to be able to experience this concert with the composer in attendance, Shaltis explains, “Beyond the fact that timpani concerti are rare (especially when compared to the catalogue of violinists or pianists!), I think it is important for audiences to experience music from a living composer.  It shows that an orchestra is a living, breathing, and relevant artistic medium, rather than just a museum housing the works of Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn.  A contemporary audience will understand Daugherty's music because we understand rock 'n' roll, as well as the wonderful sounds created in movie soundtracks that seem to add the perfect amount of drama, tension, and release.  I feel that both of these qualities are an integral part of Daugherty's writing and orchestration.”

Following intermission, the orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff’s stirring masterpiece, Symphony No. 2.  “Raise the Roof with Rachmaninoff” is sponsored by Traylor Brothers, Inc.  Mr. Shaltis’ featured appearance is sponsored by D-Patrick.  Media sponsor for the “Celebrate the American Spirit” 2011-2012 season is 14 NEWS.

Pro-rated season and single tickets are on sale now.  Season tickets may be purchased by calling the Philharmonic Box Office at (812) 425 – 5050.  Single tickets range from $15, $20, $25, $35 and $50 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office or ordering online at  Service and facility fees apply.  Members of club2030 may purchase up to two tickets for best seats available for just $10 per ticket ($2 internet fee applies).  See website for details.  Student Rush tickets may be purchased for $8 at the Sixth Street Box Office of the Victory Theatre one hour prior to the performance.  Student ID is required and seating is based upon availability.

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