On-Demand Extra: Evansville Philharmonic Music Director Roger Kalia
It's time for a new season of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra performances at the Victory Theatre. This is a very exciting time because our beautiful, historic venue can host an entire audience, with COVID-19 precautions in place. We had the chance to chat with the Evansville Philharmonic's Music Director, Roger Kalia. You can listen to our entire interview with our new On-Demand feature.
Opening Night Saturday, September 25, 2021
Evansville Philharmonic Chorus
Roger Kalia, Conductor
- Paul Dooley River City Re-Awakened
- Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
- Florence Price/Arr. Grant-Still Dances in the Canebrakes
- Bernstein “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story
Let’s get together and celebrate the opening of our season with River City Re-Awakened, a world premiere by Paul Dooley written especially for the EPO!
You’ll enjoy hearing two of the most popular works for symphony orchestra, “Symphonic Dances” from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story and Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue featuring pianist Fei-Fei — one of today’s most promising rising stars.
We will perform the lighthearted Dances in the Canebrakes, based on old-style ballroom dance music and Joplin-like rags. This work is written by Florence Price — a true pioneer of American classical music and the first African-American woman to earn national recognition for her symphonic work.
The concert features the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus in a moving, musical surprise honoring healthcare workers and people we lost to COVID-19.