Richard Carter, For the Times Record News Published 12:00 a.m. CT Aug. 23, 2019 | Updated 6:46 a.m. CT Aug. 23, 2019
What: 2019-20 Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra season
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept 21, 2019 to April 18, 2010
Where: Memorial Auditorium, Seventh and BroadAdmission: Season tickets and single seat tickets available Information: WFSO.org or (940) 723-6202
Single non-season ticket seats went on sale earlier this past Monday for the new season online at the WFSO.org website or by calling them at (940) 723-6202.“We are going to do six performances this year,” said Fakhouri, “one of them a Young Person’s Concert. The major change from last season is that we will not perform at Akin Auditorium at Midwestern State University.”Performing at Akin was very successful, he said, and they would like to schedule shows there in the future. “Our next step is to secure funding to do that on a permanent basis.”
The evening will open with Von Weber’s “Overture to Der Freischütz,” from the early German Romantic opera. “It’s a great piece of music heard more in Europe than US,” he said. Opening night will conclude with Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 8 in G Major.The Symphony returns on Nov 16 with a program called “Classical Tales” and will open with Rossini’s “Overture to ‘The Barber of Seville,’” a piece Fakhouri humorously said will be known by anyone who has seen Bugs Bunny. The WFSO will then play Mozart’s “Symphony No. 25,” “a great work from near the end of his career,” and Beethoven’s quite famous “Symphony No. 7.”
Fakhouri is very excited about the 2019 Christmas program, “Home Alone in Concert” on Dec 14, 2019. “I am hoping the response will be similar to the Pixar concert we did,” he said. “We will perform the music by John Williams of the movie ‘Home Alone,’ and the movie will be projected on two screens, possibly more.”
The “Peter and the Wolf: The Young People’s Concert” follows on Jan 24, 2020 and was specifically designed for young people, he said. “We want to interact and engage with our young audiences.” They will also perform the first movement from Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The National Anthem,” and Leroy Anderson’s “Plink, Plank, Plunk!”“Russian Masterpieces” will follow on Feb 29 and open with Bruckner’s “March in D Minor.” “I love his music, and this is a very good introduction to our audiences of that music.”Guest cellist Julian Schwartz will play Shostakovich’s “Cello Concerto No. 1” and the WFSO will then perform Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.” “This is more of a true Romantic program,” he said. “I’ve wanted to do the Tchaikovsky with the WFSO for some time and am really looking forward to it.”The 2019-20 WFSO season concludes with “Brilliantly Orchestrated” on April 18, 2020. The evening will open with a world premiere of Fakhouri’s “Krupa,” “providing I finish it,” he said with a laugh. Guest pianist Andrey Ponochevny will play Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini,” and the orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous piece, “Scheherazade.”“The mindset for this season is to continue to build on the growth of the first two seasons,” Fakhouri said. “To find pieces that will appeal to our audiences and to try to continue on the growth of the previous seasons. “What I am trying to do is to try new things to see what is working and what is not working as well and to try to always find ways to engage with our audiences and to attract new ones. This season hopefully has enough variety to be able to do that.” Prior to each performance at approximately 6:45 p.m., the conductor will deliver informal pre-concert talks about the musical pieces to be performed that evening.