Mobile Symphony goes bold with Brahms epic Fourth Symphony, April 15 & 16
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is going big and bold with Brahms epic Symphony No. 4 with guest conductor Norman Huynh, Saturday, April. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 16, at 2:30 p.m., at Mobile’s historic Saenger Theatre.
“Talented Alabama native Norman Huynh, who is enjoying a burgeoning international conducting career, joins us as we perform the final symphonic work from Johannes Brahms,” says Scott Speck, music director. “From its first two notes, bursting with melodic possibility, we are in the hands of an absolute master of the symphonic form.”
The lush symphony is the perfect contrast to Music in Common Time, an innovative work for chorus and orchestra by Caroline Shaw, and Mozart’s Ave Verum, featuring the University of South Alabama Concert Choir.
Huynh, music director of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor for the Oregon Symphony, began his musical journey as a 12-year-old “band geek” in Prattville, Ala. He played in the University of Alabama’s marching band while getting his degree in music education. His sophomore year, he began taking conducting lessons and discovered orchestral music.
Tickets to individual concerts are $20-$89. Student tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 251-432-2010 or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street. Through MSO’s Big Red Ticket program, sponsored by the Alabama Power Foundation, students in grades K-12 can attend any of the season’s classical Sunday performances for free when accompanied by a paying adult (excludes special events like the annual holiday concert). More details can be found at mobilesymphony.org.
The concert is sponsored by the University of South Alabama, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Andra Bohnet, and Ann McLaurin in memory of Dr. Mary Gorton McBride. All concerts have been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Mobile Symphony has been a regional orchestra for the central Gulf Coast since 1997. Scott Speck serves as music director. In addition to offering a full season of classical and pops concerts, the orchestra serves the area with a wide range of educational and outreach programs including student performances, string academies and a youth orchestra. http://www.mobilesymphony.org