The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra has announced the schedule for its 2016-17 season, which will mark Maestro Peter Rubardt’s 20th anniversary with the company.

The season has been carefully curated by Rubardt to showcase many of his favorite artists and pieces, symphony officials said. Audience members can expect the typical flash and fanfare of ‘Opening Night’ on October 1 with young dynamic artist Bella Hristova performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The concert will also include Three Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák, and works by Ravel and Debussy.

November 5 will bring Alexander Kobrin, the first of two Van Cliburn Piano Competition gold medalists, to the Saenger Stage. The program will feature C.P.E. Bach’s Symphony in D Major, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2.

The symphony will ‘Celebrate the New Year’ on December 31 with jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who has performed with the legendary Wynton Marsalis.

2017 will start off with the annual ‘Beethoven & Blue Jeans’ concert on January 14, featuring Rossini’s William Tell Overture, De Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, and the second of two Van Cliburn Piano Competition pianists, Jon Nakamatsu, who will be making his 3rd appearance with the PSO. Most recently, Nakamatsu performed Rhapsody in Blue with the orchestra at the opening of the new season following the two-year renovation of the Saenger Theatre.

The Pops! goes to the movies on February 11 with the fan-favorite film music of John Williams, conducted by Maestro Rubardt.

March 3 will showcase the largest orchestra of the season, and the largest piece as a whole, with the performance of ‘Mahler Symphony No. 3’. This concert will be a collaboration with other community groups including the Pensacola Children’s Chorus and the UWF Women’s Chorus. The performance will also feature a special guest, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts.

The symphony’s ‘Russian Spectacular’ on April 1 will feature guest conductor, William Eddins of the Edmonton Symphony in Alberta, Canada. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from Mlada and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances will round out this annual audience favorite.

The season will come to a close with ‘Bernstein & Beethoven’ on April 29. The program will open with a piece by visiting composer Richard Danielpour titled Celestial Night. Guest violinist, Frank Almond will perform Bernstein Serenade (After Plato’s Symposium), a piece Danielpour had been shown by Leonard Bernstein himself, will follow. The season will come to its ultimate finale with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Season tickets are available now at or by phone at (850) 435-2533. Single tickets will go on sale on September 12th, 2016.


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