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MOSC announces 2014-15 season performances

From Bach to the Beatles, symphony, chorale and ensembles offer enticing shows

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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 6:00 am

This year’s MOSC season includes some old favorites and new adventures. The following have been scheduled:

The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale has scheduled the following Masterwork Series at 7:30 p.m. at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.

Pre-concert lecture will be presented by Music Director Gary Lewis.

Masterworks Series

Sept. 13: Susan Graham concert followed by meet and greet. Graham, one of the world’s foremost stars of opera and recital, returns to her hometown to perform with MOSC. Gary Lewis will be the conductor and Graham is mezzo-soprano. Visit susangraham.com.

Nov. 8: Rach Rocks! with Gary Lewis, conductor, and Stanislav Khristenko, piano. Featured Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Stanislav Khristenko performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Texas premiere of Jeffrey Nytch’s Formations, a co-commissioned symphonic work centering on the exploration of human history in relation to the geology of the American West, including the formation of fossil fuels. Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. Nytch - Symphony No. 1 Formations. Visit khristenko.com.

Jan. 24, 2015: “There’s a Good Chance You’ll Love Strauss!” Gary Lewis will be the conductor. Christopher Chance, featured soloist Christopher Chance, MOSC’s Principal Clarinet, will perform Oscar Navarro’s tour de force concerto for clarinet and orchestra. The night’s virtuosity will continue with the  memorable music of both Johann and Richard Strauss.


  • Johann Strauss – Overture to Die Fledermaus.
  • Navarro – Clarinet Concerto No. 2.
  • Johann Strauss – Radetzky March.
  • Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier Suite.
  • Single Tickets will be available on August 1st.

April 11, 2015: “Shakespeare in Love,” with Gary Lewis, conductor. Shakespeare’s masterpieces have found countless expression in every genre of the music world, providing powerful stories for ballet, operas and Broadway musicals. From Romeo and Juliet to West Side Story, love is in the air this spring as talented Permian Basin singers and actors perform with the MOSC Symphony in this “must-see” salute to the Bard of Avon.


  • Mendelssohn – Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Prokofiev – Music from the Ballet Romeo and Juliet
  • Mendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Verdi – Prelude to Macbeth.
  • Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Pops & Family Series

The Pops & Family Series will also take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.

  • Oct. 18: For Michael, The Music of Michael Jackson with Gary Lewis, conductor. In this tribute to the King of Pop, the MOSC Orchestra along with Gavin Hope and the Jeans ‘n Classics vocal and rock ensemble will take you on a journey through Michael’s incredible music legacy. From the earliest Jackson 5 hits to later chart-toppers like Billy Jean, Beat It and Thriller, it’s For Michael, and it’s a tribute you’ll long remember.
  • Dec. 6: Sounds of the Season with Gary Lewis, conductor, and Patrick Mason, baritone, as Santa. Celebrate the holidays with our symphony orchestra, joined by MOSC Chorale, Permian Basin Youth Choir, Lone Star Brass, Permian Basin String Quartet, West Texas Winds and featuring distinguished baritone Patrick Mason as Santa.
  • March 7, 2015: ‘Wonderful, S’Marvelous, S’Gershwin with Gary Lewis, conductor, and Jeffery Biegel, piano. Experience the energy of the Paris streets and the rhapsody of the roaring ’20s in this special evening dedicated to one of America’s best-loved composers, George Gershwin. Considered one of the great pianists of our time, featured artist Jeffrey Biegel highlights the evening as he performs the most-loved Rhapsody in Blue. Visit: www.jeffreybiegel.com.
  • May 2, 2015: Classical Mystery Tour — A Tribute to the Beatles with Gary Lewis, conductor. From early Beatles music through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of the Beatles music: Totally Live! The four Classical Mystery Tour musicians look and sound just like the original mop-tops, performing more than 25 Beatles tunes with the MOSC Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber, Choir and Special Events

The Chamber and Chorale Series, six ensemble chamber recitals performed by the Lone Star Brass, Permian Basin String Quartet and West Texas winds along with two Chorale concerts, start at 3 p.m. on the following dates in the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center Main Hall.

  • Oct. 5: American Tapestry - The Chorale with Gregory Pysh, conductor.
  • April 26, 2015: Brahms Requiem- The Chorale with Gregory Pysh, conductor.

The following MOSC Ensemble Chamber concerts start at 3 p.m. in the Rhea-Greathouse Recital Hall.

  • Oct. 26: Back In Time - West Texas Winds.
  • Nov. 23: Death and the Maiden - Permian Basin String Quartet.
  • Dec. 14: A Lone Star Brass Christmas - Lone Star Brass.
  • Feb. 8, 2015: Symphony of Five – West Texas Winds.                       
  • Feb. 22: Cross-Cultural Inspirations - Permian Basin String Quartet.
  • March 22: Under the Big Top – Lone Star Brass.        
  • April 19: Location to be announced for the Wade in the Water: A Collection of African American Spirituals – Voices of the Permian Basin. Under the direction of Emily Baker, the Voices of the Permian Basin Youth Choir (formerly Kids’ Choir) features 70 young singers between the ages of 8-14, who rehearse weekly and enjoy performing two concerts per season. The Voices of the Permian Basin is accompanied by pianist LuAnn Lane.

For information, call 563-0921 or visit mosc.org.

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