The Traverse Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 65th anniversary in September with a season featuring talented guest artists on every concert and the return of the Lunch with the Maestro Series. The orchestra will explore new works and new collaborations, as well as revisit cherished favorites with familiar friends.

Soloists include the return of Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, debuting pianists Claire Huangci and John Novacek, world renowned cellist Suren Bagratuni, and TSO favorite and legendary pianist Ralph Votapek. The NMC Grand Traverse Chorale, Chamber Singers and Canticum Novum will join the Symphony to perform a Baroque Choral Festival, and the beloved NMC Children’s Choir returns for the audience favorite Home for the Holidays concert. Performance tickets are available at

Maestro Rhodes states, “in this upcoming season, we will visit some standards we simply haven’t gotten around to, such as the Sibelius Violin Concerto, some incredible less often played works such as Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 and some more recent pieces like Michael Daugherty’s Sunset Strip. There is truly something for everyone.”

The season begins on September 17 with a 65th Anniversary Concert presenting the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Other notable pieces in the season include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven’s Second Symphony. In June 2017, the Symphony closes its season with two Rachmaninoff works never before performed by the TSO, the Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 1.

Back by popular demand is the Lunch with the Maestro Series, offering the opportunity for patrons and community members to visit with Maestro Rhodes and guest artists prior to upcoming performances. Luncheons are sponsored by Rehmann and are held on select Thursdays prior to concerts at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club.

For information on concerts, tickets and the Lunch with the Maestro series, visit or call 231-947-7120. Season sponsor is Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons. Guest soloists are sponsored by Carpet Galleria. Kevin Rhodes at the Podium is sponsored by Serra of Traverse City. Media sponsors are TV 9&10, The Record Eagle and WCCW FM.

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