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DSSO, Playhouse announce 2014-15 schedules

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season includes Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Haydn — with a side of Bentleyville, haute couture and “Kid A.”

The DSSO’s 10-concert “Nordic Life” season includes collaborations between the musicians and other arts organizations. The season opens Sept. 20 and the finale is May 2, 2015.

“There is so much going on in this community and so much talent, artistic-wise here, that we really want to incorporate our community more into our season,” said Dirk Meyer, music director.

The DSSO will pair with Lyric Opera of the North for a semi-staging of “Carmen” on Nov. 15; The stage at Symphony Hall will get a Bentleyville-ian makeover for a holiday pops concert on Dec. 5; Audiences will see images from fashion week in New York, Milan, London and Paris — and fashions from a local designer — while the DSSO performs on March 21, 2015, and the final concert of the season will include Sybarite5, considered the “rock stars of classical music,” according to Meyers. The string quintet covers everything from Beethoven to Radiohead.

The DSSO’s 2014-15 season

  • Sept. 20: “Rhapsodies” includes Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and pianist John Novacek as soloist.
  • Oct. 11: “New Frontiers” closes with “The Planets” by Holst and simultaneous images of NASA photography.
  • Nov. 15: “Carmen” includes a semi-staged production of Bizet’s opera featuring singers from Lyric Opera of the North and the DSSO Chorus.
  • Dec. 5: “Bentleyville at the Symphony” will include a version of the Tour of Lights on stage and selections from “The Messiah.”
  • Dec. 31: “New Year’s Eve at the Oscars” is a Hollywood-style night featuring music from films.
  • Jan. 31, 2015: “A Winter Love Affair” includes music by Mozart, the storytelling of Richard Strauss and soloist Joyce Yang.
  • Feb. 28: “1001 nights” includes fairy tales and a performance by the Minnesota Ballet.
  • March 21: “Runway Pops” will mix fashion and music.
  • April 18: “Tributes” will feature music by Smetana, Haydn and Dvorak, with soloist Suren Bagratuni on cello.
  • May 2: “Rebels & Innovators” is a collaboration with Matinee Musicale and stars Sybarite5.  

The Duluth Playhouse also announced its 2014-15 season, which is a nod to the organization’s 100-year anniversary. They stuck with a tried and true formula, executive director Christine Seitz said.

“My motto has always been: Shows people want to be in and people want to see. It’s worked for 100 years, why would I mess it up now?” she said.

Seitz said the selection committee always looks for a newly available script with good buzz. They like to include a classic, a new comedy and a musical.

Much of this season hinged on securing the rights for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a Tony Award-winning comedy. Ordinarily the Playhouse wouldn’t produce “White Christmas” and “Guys & Dolls” in the same year, but the Irving Berlin classic was the right pick for a time when they could secure Michael Matthew Ferrell, the Minneapolis-based director behind the most-recent production of “Anything Goes.”

The Playhouse’s 2014-15 season

  • Sept. 18-28: “One Man, Two Guvnors,” a comedy by Richard Bean based on “The Servant of Two Masters”
  • Dec. 4-21: “White Christmas,” the Irving Berlin musical billed as being a “holiday card come to life”
  • Feb. 12-22, 2015: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams.
  • April 16-May 2: “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber
  • June 4-14: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a comedy about a family reunion by Christopher Durang.
  • July 16-Aug. 2: “Guys & Dolls” is a musical about the gambling and gangsters in NYC’s underbelly.