From the ‘Spooktacular’ to a ‘Salute to Youth,’ Southwest Symphony kicks off 2018-19 season; ticket promotions available

The Southwest Symphony in concert, St. George, Utah, March 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Southwest Symphony

ST. GEORGE — The new season of Southern Utah’s Southwest Symphony kicks off on Oct. 25 with its annual “Halloween Spooktacular,” followed up by a spectacular lineup of concerts.

In addition to the Spooktacular, concertgoers will be treated this year with the Christmas tradition of Handel’s “Messiah,” “The Best of Beethoven,” “Salute to Youth” and “Trip to Italy,” as well as vocalist Lexi Walker.

The Halloween Spooktacular: Hollywood Hits will hold two shows on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26, 2018 | Illustration courtesy of Southwest Symphony, St. George News

The Spooktacular has become an overwhelming community favorite, and a second performance has been added this year on Oct. 26 to ensure everyone can enjoy the fun.

Lucas Darger, musical director for the Southwest Symphony, said each concert will feature guest artists and unique visual elements that will delight audiences of all ages.

“Our patrons are treated to an unforgettable evening that goes beyond the excellent music,” Darger said.

The Southwest Symphony has been providing quality entertainment in the St. George area for more than 37 years, and Darger said the group has become a true gem in the community and earned the distinction of Southern Utah’s finest. 

Even audience members who don’t enjoy “classical music” will love the symphony’s Entertainment Series concerts, which include the Spooktacular and performance by Walker. And passionate symphony fans will adore the symphony’s Masterwork Series concerts, which feature some of the greatest pieces ever written.

See description of all concerts in the Southwest Symphony 2018-19 season below.

Season ticket packages to attend all six concerts are available until Oct. 20 for just $67 – service charges and ticket fees included – a savings of up to 42 percent.

In addition, those who purchase the promotional season ticket packages will receive access to a reserved seating area for a free Messiah performance in early December to usher in the holiday season.

“I would like to personally invite you to attend our performances this season,” Darger said. “I am confident that in addition to having an enjoyable experience, you will also feel enriched and energized as you listen to Southern Utah’s finest musicians!”

Season tickets provide the best value, but individual tickets are also available. For more information, visit the Southwest Symphony website or call the Cox Auditorium box office at 435-652-7800.

About the Southwest Symphony 2018-19 season

“Halloween Spooktacular: Hollywood Hits!” — Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m.

Experience the thrill of “Hollywood Hits” as the Southwest Symphony presents a blockbuster array of talent in their annual Halloween Spooktacular, featuring daring acts from the Cirque de Soleil troupe Aerobatics, powerhouse vocals from DSU Raging Red and the captivating St. George Dance Company.

Prepared to be amazed with this evening of spectacular music and guaranteed fun for the entire family. Children are welcome to wear family-friendly costumes. No masks please.

Handel’s “Messiah” — Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The Baroque-era oratorio “Messiah” is a Southern Utah holiday tradition and worldwide favorite.

LietoVoices! will join the Southwest Symphony and featured soloists to present selections such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “Glory to God” and the venerated “Hallelujah Chorus.” Special thanks to Dixie State University and local businesses who make this concert possible.

The Best of Beethoven — Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.

David Park, assistant concertmaster for the Utah Symphony, has been described by the Salt Lake Tribune as “a soloist with extraordinary gifts.” One of the last students of legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz, Park continues to tour the world as a featured soloist.

He joins the Southwest Symphony for an evening dedicated to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, playing the Concerto for Violin in D major. Beethoven’s enthralling Fifth Symphony will finish off an evening to remember!

“Salute to Youth” — March 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Southwest Symphony Orchestra proudly accompanies the winners of its annual concerto contest as a continued tradition of fostering the arts among young performers.

Each performance represents untold years and hours of dedication to honing their craft. Join us in honoring these budding musicians and celebrating their achievement and high level of musicianship!

“A Trip to Italy” — April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Tony Award-winner and Grammy nominee Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller sings a tribute to Puccini in this virtual “Trip to Italy” concert.

Giacomo Puccini, who has been described as “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi,” is known for operatic works such as “Madame Butterfly,” “La Bohème” and “Turandot.” Don’t miss experiencing a bellissimo night in Italy!

Lexi Walker — May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Youth singing sensation Lexi Walker started her walk into fame in 2013 when she appeared as Elsa in Alex Boye’s reinterpretation of “Let it Go.” Walker is a singer, songwriter and recording artist and has performed alongside Kristin Chenoweth, The Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling. She has toured as an opening act for Clint Black and Idina Menzel. The Southwest Symphony is excited to host Walker for this show-stopping season finale performance.

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