Symphony brings its music to the masses with three October concerts

Symphony brings its music to the masses with three October concerts

The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) is taking the magic of music to the next level by performing three very different concerts at three different locations within the next two weeks, giving everyone in Southeast Texas the opportunity to experience live orchestra music at its best.

“Our theme this season is ‘SOST Fantastique’ and we want to perform great and memorable music that everyone can enjoy at the Julie Rogers Theater and around the community,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton II.

‘Oh, What a Night’ Pops Concert on Oct. 8

The October concert schedule begins with a fall pops concert, which is new to the schedule this season. Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Julie Rogers Theatre, the SOST, joined by the multi-talented tenor Connor Bogart O’Brien, presents a spectacular evening of America’s most beloved musicals. “Oh, What a Night” brings Broadway’s best right here to Beaumont.

“Our pops concert is always one of our most well-attended and loved concerts each season,” said SOST Executive Director Doug Fair. “So we are giving the community more of what they love this season with a bonus pops concert on Oct. 8 and our usual one in February.”

O’Brien and the orchestra will have guests snapping along with the “Jersey Boys” in their head to “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and then drift through the great music that made “Frozen,” “West Side Story,” “Les Misérables” and “Phantom of the Opera” such great memories.

A classical violinist since the age of 5, O’Brien studied opera at the Eastman School of Music in New York, and has since toured the globe as a professional performer. O’Brien sings in multiple styles ranging from opera to musical theater to rock and also possesses a very high and pure falsetto. He has been the featured soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Pops among others. O’Brien’s crooning voice and strikingly fresh style bring the pops excitement back to Southeast Texas with Broadway hits.

“Oh, What a Night” is included in the SOST season subscription package. Season tickets are available with prices ranging from $111 to $193. Single ticket prices range from $26 to $46; senior, student and group discounts are available. 

“Symphony at Shangri La” on Oct. 16

“We love to bring the orchestra out of the theater and into the community,” said Maestro Tipton, “and Shangri La Gardens is such a great setting for us to perform some fun and memorable music.”

Following the amazing success of last year’s concert, the SOST returns to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange for another festive evening of seasonal nature and magnificent music at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Presented by the Lutcher Theater in conjunction with Shangri La Gardens and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, “Symphony at Shangri La” invites patrons to stroll through the majestic gardens at the peak of the Scarecrow Festival arriving at the Great Lawn in time to soak up the alluring sights and sounds of autumn and art at sunset.

“What a magical concert we had at Shangri La last year!” said Tipton. “The picturesque gardens amidst the sunset were all filled with the beautiful melodies from our orchestra. We can’t wait to do it again!”

As a response to last year’s request by the audience for more musict, Tipton has prepared a 90-minute concert with fun and memorable Broadway hits. The orchestra will perform “Broadway Showstoppers,” “Salute to the Big Apple,” “76 Trombones,” selections from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Oklahoma,” plus classics such as “Moon River,” and other favorites.

Premium seating is available in the Maestro’s Lawn area for $35 each with lawn chair seating provided.

Live Oak Lawn tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students if pre-purchased, and you must bring your own lawn chair or blanket. All adult ticket prices increase $5 at the gate day of show. Online purchases remain the same prices.

Shangri La Gardens is at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange. For details on parking, visit For those attendees living in Beaumont, the SOST is offering a special bus transportation package, which includes round trip bus service to Shangri La from the Event Centre. Call (409) 892-2257 for details and reservations.

Calder Baptist Church Chamber Music Series on Oct. 22

If those two blockbuster concerts weren’t enough, the SOST has one last performance in October in a more intimate setting. In its sixth year, the Calder Baptist Church Chamber Music Series will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the church building at 1005 N. 11th St. in Beaumont.

Maestro Tipton has prepared a wonderful program featuring Strauss’s “Pizzicato Polka,” Mendelssohn’s “String Symphony No. 1 in C Major,” an original arrangement by SOST’s own Gary Parks “Sweet, Sweet Spirit,” and many more.

This concert benefits the local ministry of Christian Life Crisis Intervention Inc., which provides housing for persons visiting family members in local prisons and other benevolent ministries.

Tickets are only sold in advance and are available in church office or by calling (409) 892-4251. This concert usually sells out before performance day.

This fantastic lineup of concerts is sure to prove why the SOST is in its 64th season and continues bringing the magic of music to Southeast Texas. For more information on any of these concerts, go to or contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.