Beaufort Symphony Orchestra begins 29th season

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The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra will feature guest artist, John Samuel Roper, in its first concert of the 2014-2015 season, “Journey to Austria,” at the orchestra’s new venue at Sea Island Presbyterian Church at 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Lady’s Island, on Oct. 16 and 19.

Sea Island Presbyterian Church venue for the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra
Sea Island Presbyterian Church venue for the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra

Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major featured

Based in Charleston, Roper has performed in solo and chamber music recitals across the United States and Canada, more recently at the Charleston Library Society’s 2013-2014 Chamber Music Series with a recital of all Baroque flute works.  He will play Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major.  The orchestra’s featured work will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.”

New venue in Sea Island Presbyterian Church

They will be performing in the orchestra’s new home, Sea Island Presbyterian Church on Lady’s Island.  Maestro Frederick Devyatkin, BSO’s Musical Director and Conductor, is very enthusiastic about the orchestra’s new setting.  “It offers an acoustical design and a bright, airy interior that will enhance our audiences’ enjoyment of each performance and we are very excited about the creative possibilities our new home will provide,” said Devyatkin.  Other features of the new venue include a large stage area with room for the entire orchestra, convenient and ample parking, accommodation of the hearing impaired and more seating for those in wheelchairs.

Guest artist active in
flute societies, teaching

Roper is a founding member of the Low Country Flute and Percussion Project, which recently performed in the Spotlight Recital Series of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte.  As an orchestral musician, Roper has performed with the Charlotte, Charleston, Long Bay, Hilton Head and Beaufort Symphony Orchestras, and is a sought-after teaching artist.  He maintains a studio for his private students and is the adjunct flute instructor at the Charleston School of the Arts and the Bands of Wando and Moultrie Middle Schools. He holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Minnesota and studied and performed as an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

Upcoming performances

Following the October performances will be “Holiday at the Pops” on Dec. 4 and 7; “Classically Romantic” on Feb. 26 and March 1, featuring guest artist Yuriy Bekker playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; and “Let’s Dance” on May 7 and 10, with toe-tapping treats from the ballet to Broadway.  Thursday evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.

All tickets are $37.50 at the door, with the exception of Student tickets which are $5.  For a savings with Season Tickets, go to the orchestra’s website at www.beaufortorchestra.org and print out the subscription form or order online at TIX.com or call 1-800-595-4849.  The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra is funded in part by the Carolina Arts Commission.