Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel will lead the orchestra in 2016-2017

June 30, 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Symphony Orchestra, led by renowned Music Director and Conductor, Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, announces its upcoming 2016-2017 concert season.  The upcoming 69th concert season offers a wide variety of concerts including a celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Maestro Tchivzhel’s defection from the former Soviet Union, three rising guest artists, a special memorial concert for the GSO’s late Executive Director Sherwood Mobley, and the Upstate premiere of “Cirque de la Symphonie.”  The Greenville Symphony Orchestra returns for its 2016-2017 concert season with six Masterworks Series concerts in The Peace Center Concert Hall, four Chamber Orchestra Series concerts in The Gunter Theatre, three Spotlight Series concerts at Centre Stage Theatre, and the annual “Holiday at Peace” pops concert in December.

“We are thrilled to present you with a spectacular concert season,” says Maestro Tchivzhel.  “Our audiences will experience the grandeur and emotion that only a live performance can evoke.  From our exciting opening night that marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of my defection from the Soviet Union to our grand finale, Cirque de la Symphonie, which marries classical, symphonic hits with thrilling, live acrobatics, our 69th concert season will leave you spellbound.”


Masterworks Series concerts are held on Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm in The Peace Center Concert Hall.  The series opens September 24 & 25, 2016 celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Maestro Tchivzhel’s and his family’s defection from the Soviet Union in The Great Escape.  Featuring the very first piece Maestro Tchivzhel conducted on his U.S.A. tour with the U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s romantic Third Symphony, The Great Escape welcomes singer/songwriter/musician and Greenville native Edwin McCain to the stage to narrate Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.  The season opening concert comes to a festive conclusion with Gershwin’s jazzy An American in Paris.

On November 5 & 6, 2016, Canadian pianist and composer Dmitri Levkovich will shine in Rachmaninoff’s sparkling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in the second Masterworks Series concert, Genius Against Tyrant.  The second half of the concert features Shostakovich’s dramatic and victorious Tenth Symphony.

On January 28 & 29, 2017, the GSO offers a night of romance with, In the Company of Great Romantics, featuring rising star, Edisher Savitski, who simply “takes off to the sky” in Prokofiev’s wild and striking Third Piano Concerto.  Other selections include Weber’s brilliant Overture to Oberon and Schumann’s innovative Fourth Symphony, also known as “A Symphonic Fantasy.”

Satisfy your sweet “ear” with the GSO’s fourth Masterworks Series concert, Musical Desserts & Magic on March 4 & 5, 2017, where young virtuoso Roman Kim will amaze with his technical wizardry in Paganini’s thrilling Violin Concerto.  The music continues with Rossini’s striking Overture to The Thieving Magpie and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” which was influenced by African-American and Indian folk songs.

On April 8 & 9, 2017, the GSO pays tribute to its late Executive Director and former Principal Timpanist, Sherwood Mobley in very special memorial concert entitled, Triumph of the Human Spirit.  Mozart’s exquisite Overture to Don Giovanni and his timeless and charming Serenade (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) set the stage for the powerful ending with the Greenville premiere of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, also known as his “Tragic Symphony.”

The 2016-2017 Masterworks Series concludes with the Upstate premiere of Cirque de la Symphonie on May 6 & 7, 2016.  Fusing the power and majesty of a live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie adds a stunning, visual element to the concert experience with the addition of thrilling and astonishing, live acrobatic feats.  Each performance is perfectly choreographed to popular masterpieces and is sure to mesmerize in this spectacular program.


The Greenville News 2016-2017 Chamber Orchestra Series presents four concerts in the more intimate Gunter Theatre, featuring personal insights by Maestro Tchivzhel prior to each performance.  Concerts are performed on Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm.  The Chamber Orchestra Series kicks off on October 7, 2016 with its annual, fan-favorite Oktoberfest, which features some of the very best of German chamber music including Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, as well as a complimentary beer tasting after the concert, compliments of Thomas Creek Brewery.  Oktoberfest runs through October 9, 2016.

On November 18, 19 and 20, 2016, the GSO will present an entire evening dedicated to Mozart in Divine Mozart, featuring the GSO’s principal horn, Anneka Zuehlke-King, who will enchant audiences with the most romantic instrument in the Brass section in Mozart’s Horn Concerto.  Other Mozart favorites include his Overture to The Marriage of Figaro as well as his Symphony Nos. 20 and 35, which reflect both the early and mature periods in Mozart’s life.

On February 10, 11 and 12, 2017, three great composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Serge Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, and Piotr Tchaikovsky, pay tribute to their classical predecessors with their witty sparkling compositions, masterfully imitating the Baroque style in Inspired by the Classics.  The program includes Strauss’ Divertimento (on Themes of Couperin), Prokofiev’s First Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 1 in D minor.

The final concert in The Greenville News Chamber Orchestra Series, Chamber Extravaganza, performs on March 24, 25 and 26, 2017.  Featuring two of the GSO’s principal musicians, Amy Yang Hazlett (bassoon) and Stephen Wilson (trombone), this one-of-a-kind program presents four brilliant composers especially known for their exciting and extraordinary music from movies and theater, including Erich Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Nino Rota’s Concerto for Trombone, and Kurt Weill’s Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Suite from Threepenny Opera) – the fourth “mystery” composer will be revealed at the concert!


The Spotlight Series presents three concerts on Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Centre Stage Theatre and is sponsored by Nachman, Norwood & Parrott Wealth Management Consultancy.  The Spotlight Series features small ensembles of musicians in a casual setting with a one-hour concert that includes introductions by members of the orchestra prior to each work.

The first Spotlight Series concert, Trinkets, Jewels and Rarities, premieres October 1, 2016 and features three pieces: Beethoven’s Trio for Flute, Oboe and Bassoon, Op. 87; Steven L. Winteregg’s Divertimento for Flute, Horn, and Double Bass; and Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in A-major, K. 581.

Second in the Spotlight Series is Levity and Tears on January 7, 2016, featuring three selections: Ibert’s Trois Pieces Breves for Woodwind Quintet; Domenico Dragonetti’s Duo in B-flat major for Cello and Double Bass; and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, Death and the Maiden.

The third and final Spotlight Series for the 2016-2017 concert season is Myths and Detours on April 22, 2016 and includes four works: Hadyn’s Divertimento No. 1 in B-flat major for Woodwind Quintet; Shostakovich’s Adagio for Solo Bass and Piano; Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A-major; and Arne Running’s Quodlibet for Woodwind Quintet.


The Greenville Pops® returns to The Peace Center Concert Hall stage in December with its 2016 Holiday at Peace concert featuring the GSO, International Ballet, and Broadway star Rachel York.  This annual, holiday-themed pops concert continues to delight audiences young and old with beautiful, musical, yuletide classics, spectacular dancing, a popular audience sing-a-long, and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Sponsored by United Community Bank, Holiday at Peace will run Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  Ticket prices for Holiday at Peace range from $18-$59.

Season tickets to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 concerts are currently on sale, starting at $39 for the Spotlight Series, $54 for the Masterworks Series, and $88 for the Chamber Orchestra Series for first-time subscribers.  Single tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:00 am.  To purchase season tickets, call The Peace Center box office at (864) 467-3000 or toll-free at (800) 888-7768.  To request a full season brochure, call the GSO office at (864) 232-0344, extension 10.

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Greenville and surrounding communities through the presentation of live orchestra music.  Offering excellence in live musical performance, the orchestra enriches lives, educates minds and encourages community support of the arts.