Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Spaghetti Westerns, Shakespearean Sonnets and More at Beethoven & Blue Jeans - WEAR


Spaghetti Westerns, Shakespearean Sonnets and More at Beethoven & Blue Jeans

It’s time to break out your blue jeans for the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s most surprising concert of the season. English Horn player Robert Sheena will join Music Director Peter Rubardt and the orchestra for Beethoven & Blue Jeans, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Whether you dress up or dress down, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Music inspired by Shakespearean sonnets and Spaghetti Westerns aren’t normally performed together, but musical variety is one of the hallmarks of this concert.

Sheena has been the English Horn player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra since 1994, during which time his vocal style of playing has garnered accolades from audience members and the media alike. In his more than twenty years as a member of the BSO, Sheena has performed as a soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, most notably in the world-premiere performances of George Tsontakis' “Sonnets,” a BSO commission composed specifically for him. Sheena will be playing two movements from that piece during Beethoven & Blue Jeans.

Also on the program are Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, a piece that is lighthearted though not lightweight; Edward Elgar’s transcription of Bach’s “Fantasy and Fugue;” and Michael Daugherty’s “Spaghetti Western,” inspired by the sun-drenched panoramas, barren deserts and gun slinging depicted in the Wild West films of the 1960s.

The evening will close with the “1812 Overture” a monumental work that has stood the test of time, becoming an instantly recognizable piece of the repertoire and popular culture. Tickets to Beethoven & Blue Jeans start at $23 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 850-435-2533 or in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, 22 E. Intendencia St., Pensacola, Fla. 32502. Season subscriptions are also available.

For more information, visit or call the Symphony office, 850-435-2533.

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