Symphony journey continues to Europe for “Best of Beethoven” on Nov. 14

Published 8:52 am Monday, November 9, 2015

BEAUMONT — The Symphony of Southeast Texas’ (SOST) continues its amazing trip around the world at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Julie Rogers Theatre as they jet away to Europe for the “Best of Beethoven” and a delightfully entertaining evening of music.

“This will be a wonderful evening of music making for everyone to enjoy,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 is a truly light and cheerful piece that puts on full display the great composer’s genius as a lyrical writer. The SOST has never performed this masterwork, and Maestro Tipton says the orchestra is excited to share it with the audience.

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While in this country of the most renowned composers, we also travel to Italy to bring you Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violoncelli in g minor featuring the SOST’s own cello soloists Thomas Schroeder and Sonya Matoussova. This sensational piece opens with an electrifying, bold role for both soloists and moves along leaving no doubt of its highly charged emotional content.

Schroeder is the SOST’s principal cellist and is quite recognizable with his Luis and Clark Carbon Fiber Cello. He teaches violoncello and doublebass at Lamar University and also has a private studio coaching students of all ages in string instruments, piano and mathematics. Schroeder holds degrees in mathematics from the University of Hannover, music education from Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, as well as violoncello performance from the University of Miami.

Matoussova is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and now resides in Houston where she is a newly-named Da Camera Young Artist, which has her making regular appearances at the Wortham Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection, as well as at select hospitals and schools. In 2014, Matoussova was awarded First Prize at the Schlern International Music Competition in Italy. She was also a first-place winner at the Canadian Music Competition for two consecutive years, as well as a finalist in the Festival de Musique Classique du Bas-Richelieu Competition in Sorél-Tracy, Canada. She is also the cellist of the Aura Contemporary Ensemble and a member of the newly-formed Bayou City Symphony.

Maestro Tipton will also host a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. featuring special guests.

“Best of Beethoven” is co-sponsored by Entergy and CHRISTUS – St. Elizabeth Hospital; soloists’ appearance made possible by the Beaumont Music Commission’s Charlene L. Kiker Guest Artist Endowment.

Single ticket prices range from $18 to $45; senior, student and group discounts are available. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to or contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.

The Symphony of Southeast Texas continues its mission of presenting educational, entertaining, and culturally enriching programs of the highest artistic quality and, as always, promises to be “Good to the last note!”