published Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Audience favorites on CSO program - Nov. 3


* What: Chattanooga Symphony & Opera presents “Classical’s Top Hits.”

* When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

* Where: Volkswagen Conference Center, 7351 Volkswagen Drive.

* Admission: $25.

* Phone: 423-267-8583.

* Website:

Audience Favorites

The 10 winners of the audience poll:

Rossini: Overture to William Tell; Mozart: “Allegro” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Pachelbel: Canon; J.S. Bach: Air from Suite in D Major; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Movement 1; Wagner/Sheffer: “Ride of the Valkyries” from “Die Walkure”; Grieg: Suite No. 1 from “Peer Gynt,” Movement 1 “Morning” and Movement 4 “In the Hall of the Mountain King”; Strauss: “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”; Debussy/Luck: “Clair de Lune”; Sibelius: “Finlandia”

Source: CSO

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is playing a program composed entirely of audience favorites on Sunday, Nov. 3, during its Volkswagen Series “Classical’s Top Hits” concert.

Sarah Marczynski, CSO community and patron engagement manager, says CSO conductor Kayoko Dan composed a list of favorite works last summer from categories such as waltzes, overtures and symphonies. The list was posted on the CSO’s social-media sites, and patrons were asked to vote for the favorites they would like to hear played this season.

The 10 winners range from works even classical-music novices will recognize (“Overture to William Tell” and Pachelbel’s Canon, a favorite wedding processional) to hits of die-hard fans such Sibelius’ Finlandia.

This is the second year the five-concert Volkswagen series is being presented in the VW Conference Center. Because it is an afternoon concert in a more informal venue than the Tivoli, Marczynski said the atmosphere is more relaxed and so is the attire.

“People come in jeans and T-shirts to those who are still in their suits coming from church,” she says.

She adds that concerts in this second year of the series will not be repeated in a second location as those of the first season were.

“This is the only place to hear these numbers,” she advises.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

Contact Susan Pierce at or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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