Topeka Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Lovers and Dreamers’ concert slated for Saturday

Performance to be led by guest conductor Brian Stone

The Topeka Symphony’s “Lovers and Dreamers” concert will be led by guest conductor Brian Stone on Saturday, March 18.


The event, which is part of the symphony’s “Lovers, Villians and Legends” themed season, will also feature former Topeka Symphony Orchestra principal violist Mei-Chun Chen, the organization said.

“It is my great thrill to be in Topeka working with your wonderful Topeka Symphony on our program for Saturday night’s concert,” Stone said. “I’ve been hearing great things about this orchestra and I look forward to contributing to its excellent reputation. How lucky Topeka is to have such a great cultural resource.”

The concert includes works composed by Igor Stravinsky, William Walton and Johann Strauss. The evening concludes with the Kansas premiere of “Dreamtime Ancestors,” by American composer Christopher Theofanidis.

The new work was co-commissioned by the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.

Stone has worked both in the opera pit and on the concert stage with professional orchestras in several states and internationally. He has a doctorate in conducting from the Peabody Conservatory.

Chen began her career as a violist in 2012 and was TSO’s principal violist from 2014 to 2016. She’s currently studying viola performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

At 6:30 p.m., Stone will present a “Concert Conversation” at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University campus.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at White Concert Hall. Single tickets, not including sales tax, are $35, $30 and $25, with half-price tickets available for full-time students. To order tickets or for more information, contact the symphony’s office at (785) 232-2032.



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