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Haydn, Symphony No. 94, "Surprise"

Saturday, April 24, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saenger Theatre, Pensacola

MAHLER - Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
MAHLER - Songs of a Wayfarer
               Corey McKern, Baritone
HAYDN - Symphony No. 94, "Surprise"

Papa Haydn’s characteristic playfulness is on full display with his “Surprise” Symphony, featuring one of the composer’s most famous musical jokes, the startling fortissimo chord in the second movement. Added by Haydn on a whim for the London premiere, the distinctive feature became an inextricable part of the of the lively and dynamic work. From the “Father of the Symphony” to the composer who expanded the symphony in every way, the program also features two works by Gustav Mahler, including his soulful Adagietto from Symphony No. 5.  The orchestra will also be joined by baritone Corey McKern for Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, the four-song cycle about a traveling journeyman who sets out in the world despite adversity.

View the concert program.

Masterworks Series Sponsor: Wind Creek Hospitality

Guest Artist Sponsor: Baptist Health Care

In-Person Tickets
In-person tickets will go on sale one week prior to the concert.

Virtual Tickets
Prefer to experience the concert form the comfort of your own home? Join us for a live stream on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. CDT, or view it on demand until May 5 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Virtual tickets are $20.

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To enjoy live music in person and provide the safest possible environment for you, your fellow audience members and the musicians, the following safety precautions for in-person concerts will include:

•    Socially distanced seating, allowing for staggered seating between rows and at least two seats between groups seated in the same row. Patrons will not be seated on the aisle to provide distance for those navigating the theatre. It is possible that there are locations in the theatre where the distance between patrons may be less than six feet. Our capacity with socially distanced seating provides for approximately 450 attendees in the theatre that seats more than 1,600.

•    Mandatory face coverings over the mouth and nose for all patrons, staff and volunteers for the entirety of the event, from the time you arrive at the building to the time that you exit. The CDC currently recommends that even people who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine should continue wearing face coverings to reduce the spread of the virus. If you will be uncomfortable wearing your mask for the duration of the time in the building, please consider access to our virtual concert experience so that you may enjoy the concert at home.

•    The Palafox Lobby will be open for entering the building one hour prior to the concert. The Intendencia Street Lobby will be closed, and the doors will be locked. Seating will be available when the doors open.

•    Security personnel will be present at the entrance. To expedite your entry, consider carrying a small bag or leaving your bag in your locked car. Security will ask you to open your bag so that they may check it. If you have questions about permitted items, please reference the FAQ page at, or call the box office at 850-595-3880.

•    Upon arrival, we encourage you to make your way to your seats. Please do not congregate in the lobby.

•    Concessions will not be available on the premises. Please do not bring outside food or drink.

•    Identify the best aisle for access to your seats. Socially distanced seating enables all patrons to have unobstructed access to an aisle. Please consult an usher about the best aisle to access your seats.

•    The program will be performed without intermission.

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