Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s annual Beethoven in Blue Jeans concert has another heavyweight vying for attention when Tchaikovsky’s vigorous “1812 Overture” will battle for attendees’ loyalties. Concert-goers can choose between “Team Tchaikovsky” or “Team Beethoven” stickers to display their allegiance.
Two shows will take place at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) in downtown Mobile. The Saturday, Nov. 19, performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday, Nov. 20, matinee is at 2:30 p.m.
Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5 features the talents of Italian pianist Alessio Bax. It is joined on the bill with Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s “The Moldau” from Ma Vlást and Philip Glass’ “Secret Agent: Three Dances.”
As per usual, casual dress is encouraged. The orchestra itself will get into the spirit by dispensing with formal attire.
Tickets cost $15 to $75 and can be purchased by phone at 251-432-2010, online at mobilesymphony.org or at the symphony box office (257 Dauphin St.). Reduced-price student tickets are available through the MSO Big Red Ticket program sponsored by Alabama Power; students in grades K-12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult. More details are at mobilesymphony.org.
The concert is sponsored by Alabama Power and the Mary Josephine Larkins Foundation.
Shakespeare’s end at MTG
Nov. 18-20 is the final weekend of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.). The classic Shakespeare comedy that pokes fun at romance, passion and individual identity is subtle and textured and remains one of the playwright’s most popular works.
Joanie Stiff directs this latest version starring Angel Ashley, Lisa Burnett, Hillary Nguyen, Ravyn Otis and Susan Vinson.
Friday and Saturday curtain is at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20, and $15 for students, military and seniors.
For more information call 251-433-7513 or go to mobiletheatreguild.org.
Chorale Christmas on successive Sundays
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society will perform its annual holiday show, “The Sounds of Christmas,” on both sides of Mobile Bay. The first will be at Government Street Presbyterian Church (300 Government St.) on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. and the next on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church (6620 Spanish Fort Blvd.).
The concerts will feature a variety of sacred, secular, gospel/spiritual, jazz and pop Christmas fare including Vivaldi’s Magnificat RV #610 as its master work along with choices from Berlin to Hayes.
Both shows are free and open to the public. For additional information call 251-434-9325, go the group’s Facebook page or contact Artistic Director Terry D. Maddox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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