Orchestra kicks off season

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The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra begins its 36th season - with the theme "American Mosaic" - with a special performance, a Mozart Fest featuring world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head.

A gala will follow the performance at the Hilton Head Westin Resort and Spa.

A Grammy award-winning, Polish-born, naturalized American classical pianist, an internationally acclaimed performer, a teacher on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the main duo recital partner of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Ax is considered one of the finest concert pianists of the 21st century.

He will play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 19, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 and Haydn's Armida Overture.

Tickets for the one-night performance and gala are $50, $90 and $100 and may be purchased at www.hhso.org or by calling the box office at 843-842-2055.

The following Sunday, Sept. 24, from noon to 4 p.m., the League of the Symphony Orchestra will host its fifth annual Kitchens of Note tour in Moss Creek. The self-driving tour will offer six designer kitchens, each hosting a chef from a local restaurant who will offer samples of his or her cuisine.

Restaurants include Marley's Island Grille, The SandBar Beach Eats, Sea Grass Grille, Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana, Twisted European Bakery, and Hogs Head Kitchen & Wine Bar.

This event typically sells out. Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased on Hilton Head at Burke's Pharmacy, Christie's Hallmark and LeCookery. A reservation form is also available online at www.hhso.org/kitchens-of-note.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and its youth programs.

Finally, due to the popularity of HHSO's Symphony Under the Stars programs, a new fall event has been added Oct. 3 and 4 at Montage Palmetto Bluff.

"Symphonic Soul," under the baton of Maestro John Morris Russell, will present the music of Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Motown, featuring the local band Deas Guyz.

Tickets range from $25 to $85. For more information and tickets, call the Symphony office at 843-842-2055 or visit www.hhso.org.

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