Union Symphony Orchestra readies for its seventh season

by Eren Tataragasi

Soloist Yulia Zharavleva will perform Antonin Dvorak’s violin concerto, opus 53, during the Union Symphony Orchestra’s season opener Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. at The Batte Center at Wingate University. Photo courtesy of Union Symphony Orchestra

The Union Symphony Orchestra has announced its upcoming concert series and it includes soloist Yulia Zharavleva at its opening event.
The season starts Sept. 30 with two concerts.

The Union Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Sept. 30 at 4 p.m., with its new conductor Tom Lajoie at Marvin Ridge High School, 2825 Crane Road, Waxhaw. Admission is free.

Also Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. is the Union Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert, “The Answer,” with conductor Richard Rosenberg and soloist Yulia Zharavleva performing Antonin Dvorak’s violin concerto, opus 53. A reception will follow the concert in the rotunda at the The Batte Center at Wingate University. Tickets range from $15 to $25.

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 to 3, the Wingate University Student Opera performs “The Pirates of Penzance” with the Union Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jessie Wright Martin at the Batte Center at Wingate. Tickets cost $15.

On Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. the Union Symphony Orchestra performs “A Christmas Concert” with Central United Methodist Church of Monroe Festival Choir and a Community Holiday Chorus, directed by James O’Dell at the Central United Methodist Church in Monroe. Admission is free.

At 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Union Symphony Youth Orchestra presents its fall concert with conductor Tom LaJoie at Marvin Ridge High School, 2825 Crane Road, Waxhaw. Tickets cost $12.

And to kick off the new year on Jan. 13 at 4 p.m., the Union Symphony Orchestra performs “Bursting in Song” with the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Richard Rosenberg, as well as “Dinner Music for a Bunch of Hungry Cannibals” by Raymond Scott, and “The Song of the Nightingale” by Igor Stravinsky. Tickets range from $15 to $25.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 9, the Union Symphony hosts its Valentine’s Gala, “Up Close and Personal,” which will feature romantic dining and dancing, location to be announced later. Tickets cost $100 and are by reservation only.

And at 4 p.m. April 14, the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra performs its spring concert with conductor Tom LaJoie at the Batte Center at Wingate University. Tickets cost $12.

Ticket subscriptions for the Union Symphony’s seventh season are available by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300. For more information on the Union Symphony Orchestra, and its upcoming season, visit www.unionsymphony.org.

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