February 2, 2023

‘Welcome to the Hotel California,’ and to the 2022-23 Abilene Philharmonic season

With two performances remaining on the 2021-22 schedule, the Abilene Philharmonic has announced its road trip for the next season.

It is moving on from what this year was called “The Lost Season.”

All the way to California. Via Winslow, Ariz., of course.

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t cancel but affected several shows, which were delayed until the current season.

But after playing catchup, the Phil motors on.

For fans of The Eagles, the highlight will be a Feb. 4 concert featuring the music of the popular band in a program titled “Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles.”

Hits such as “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California,” the title cut from the iconic band’s classic album, will be performed. That promises no “Heartache Tonight” for fans.

The season opens Sept. 24, not at the Abilene Zoo, where four concerts were scheduled during the early fall the past two season, but at the Abilene Convention Center.

Guitarist Jason Vieaux, a 2015 Grammy Award winner, will be the guest artist for a program titled “Concierto de Aranjuez.”

From a Spanish theme, the Philharmonic moves to “Czech Journey” on Oct. 29. This concert will feature symphonic photo-choreography by Westwater Arts. The music includes “Symphony No. 7” by Antonin Dvork, a native of the Czech Republic.

The fall half of the season concludes Dec. 3 with the annual Christmas pops program, this year titled “Home of the Holidays.”

Vocalist Niki Scalera, who did one of the zoo concerts, will perform as will Abilene Christian University voice professor Samuel Cook and the Abilene Chamber Singers. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee for youngsters as well as a full show that evening.

The first concert at the start of the new year is aptly titled “Joyful Beginnings.”

Violinist Daniel Bae, the 2021 Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition gold medalist, is the featured artist. He will perform “Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

The Eagles concert follows before “Beethoven 5.” Clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano and Susan Dubois on viola will perform at the concert that features the famous “Symphony No. 5” by Beethoven.

The season will conclude likely on the next city election date – the current season offers the “1812 Overture” on May 7, this year’s election date – with “Broadway a la Carte II” on May 6, 2023.

Five guests vocalists will be in the town, including previous visitors Kristen Hertzenberg, Kristi Tingle and Bruce Ewing. They will be joined by Bethany Mamola and Jason Forbach to sing selections from musicals such as “The Sound of the Music,” “Music Man” and “Anything Goes.”

The latter may be the theme for the season.

Season subscription renewals begin Tuesday. 

Greg Jaklewicz is editor of the Abilene Reporter-News and general columnist. If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com

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