Release Date: September 12,2017

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Christopher Wilkins opens 2017-18 season on Sept. 23

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

The evening will feature a trio of stirring, melodious and folk-tune infused works, beginning with Tchaikovsky’s March slave, a patriotic work based on Serbian and Russian folk themes that remains one of his most popular short works.

Guest cellist Tony Rymer, who has performed major concerti to critical acclaim across the country, will be featured as a soloist on Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, which illustrates the composer’s ability to display a wide range of emotions within a single composition.

The performance will close with Dvoƙák’s Symphony No. 7, considered by many to be the composer’s greatest achievement, one that resides alongside some of the most-important works in the growth of the symphonic era post-Beethoven.

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Maestro Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.

Following the concert, the Akron Symphony will hold the first of five After Parties this season at Jilly’s Music Room, located at 111 N. Main St. The After Party will feature drink specials and live music. There is no cover charge for ages 21 and over; there is a $5 cover charge for those under the age of 21.

Single tickets for The Slavic Soul start at just $25. Visit or call 330.535.8131 for tickets and more information. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is located at 198 Hill St. on the campus of The University of Akron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.