The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) opens its 2018-19 season with Roman Festivals, a big, bold concert of orchestra masterworks, Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile.
The concert takes its title from Ottorino Respighi’s musically descriptive tribute to ancient Rome – Roman Festivals. Respighi is known for his ability to create vivid colors and scenes with the instruments of the orchestra. “For sheer, visceral, surround-sound stimulation, I can't imagine a better season opener than Roman Festivals,” Speck explains.
The concert offers another musical take on the Eternal City with the Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz. Opening the concert is Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier Suite, which Speck describes as “an exquisite masterpiece that’s been on our wish list for a decade and a half.”
Tickets are $15-$80 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010, or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street. Student tickets are $10. Through the MSO Big Red Ticket program sponsored by Alabama Power, students in grades K-12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult. More details can be found online at www.mobilesymphony.org.
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, a string academy and a youth orchestra.