What: The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019 season

Where: Akin Auditorium, Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Blvd and Memorial Auditorium, Seventh & Broad

When: Sept 22 through April 7, 2019

Information: Wfso.org or (940) 723-6202

Admission: Single tickets just went on sale online. See event for prices.

The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will open and close its 2018-2019 season at Akin Auditorium at Midwestern State University, with a Saturday evening and Sunday matinee for its Sept. 22-3 and April 7-8, 2019, performances.

The WFSO will also perform four concerts from Nov. 3 to Feb. 23, 2019 at Memorial Auditorium, the symphony’s home for many years.  

Non-season tickets went on sale earlier this week for the New Directions 2018-2019 season, the second under Musical Director and Conductor Fouad Fakhouri. Tickets are on sale online at the WFSO.org website or by contacting them at (940) 723-6202.

Fakhouri explained there were excellent reasons to open and close the season at Akin Auditorium with an evening show and a matinee. “We want to be able to attract people that may not be able to attend our evening concerts.

“The other reason to program concerts there,” he said, “is that I can program pieces that are more intimate, pieces that might get lost at Memorial,” he said.

The first Akin performance will open at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 3 p.m. Sept. 23 with Ives “The Unanswered Question,” Mozart “Piano Concerto No. 21” and Mendelssohn “Symphony No. 4.” “If you performed those pieces at Memorial,” he said, “they would work, the Mendelssohn would work, but you would lose the sort of intimacy of those pieces in comparison to doing them at Akin, specifically the Mozart.

The Mozart will feature Lewis Warren, a young pianist who began in Wichita Falls and who Fakhouri said is fantastic.

The WFSO will return to Memorial auditorium right after Halloween at 7:30 Nov. 3 to perform an appropriately titled “Symphonie Fantastique.” The evening features Saint-Saens “Dance Macabre, Op. 40,” Schumann “Piano Concerto in A Minor” and Berlioz “Symphonie Fantastique.”

The Schumann piano concerto, Fakhouri said, goes back to the performance of the Edvard Grieg piano concerto last season. “Grieg based his piano concerto on the Schumann. They are in the same key and open almost the same. Grieg was enamored of this piece of music.”