(Orange, Texas)

March 9, 2013

Symphony presents epic 60th season conclusion April 6

Special to The Leader

BEAUMONT — The Symphony of Southeast Texas’ (SOST) presents the final chapter in their storybook 60th Anniversary Season -- and it is an epic one. The plot is ambitious and the characters are impressive. The season comes to a glorious resolution featuring musical selections that have their own story to tell in “Symphonic Story Celebration” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.

“Instrumental music has the great power to give impressions of stories,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton. “The orchestra really brings out the emotions in the stories, and we are excited to share that.”

The concert includes Richard Strauss’s “Don Juan” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

Austrian composer Strauss understood well how an orchestra works and how to use it to tell a story, according to Tipton. “Don Juan” is based on a poem written in 1888 and follows the musical passions portrayed in it. “The orchestral parts in ‘Don Juan’ are virtuosic and extremely difficult,” added Tipton. “It really shows off the musical talent of the Symphony.”

The text of “Carmina Burana” was written by medieval monks and includes the “O Fortuna” chorus, which is highly recognizable from the movie “Excalibur” and many commercials.

“Carmina Burana” also calls for a huge number of musicians in the orchestra and three soloists, including soprano soloist, and Beaumont native, Jeanine Thames. The Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus and the St. Anne Church Children’s Chorus will also contribute to this magnificent finale to the 60th Season.

“This is a powerful closing concert for this momentous season because it brings together everyone from the community – the large orchestra, chorus and children’s choir,” said Tipton.

Maestro Tipton invites all guests to arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert talk. The performance will then begin at 7:30 p.m. Single ticket prices range from $15 to $36; senior, student and group discounts are available. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to or contact the Symphony office at 409-892-2257.

The SOST is also looking forward to beginning the exciting 61st season with the annual July 4 celebration concert this summer and then a spectacular performance of Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” on Sept. 14. Season ticket renewals have already begun and will continue at the April 6 concert. Call 409-892-2257 for more information.