FRANKLIN - Southwestern Suburban Symphony will bring "top drawer entertainment" to Franklin through "A Bernstein Banquet" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at the Saber Center, 8222 S. 51st St.
The symphony will perform some of American composer Leonard Bernstein's most famous music, including selections from "West Side Story," "Candide" and "Peter Pan."
"We'll be serving up a feast of Bernstein's best music," said Christine Flasch, executive director and conductor of the symphony.
More than 50 professional musicians will perform on stage along with six vocal soloists, who will be doing stage renditions from Bernstein's famous musicals. For example, two singers will be Tony and Maria while singing music from "West Side Story."
Around a third of the stage will be taken over by percussion instruments, according to Flasch, since Bernstein's music is so full of percussion.
"The music is very jazzy, very engaging, and lots of fun," Flasch said. "It's a very entertaining show that will appeal to everyone."
Now that the symphony is in its third season, Flasch wanted to do something for Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday.
"I thought it would be wonderful to celebrate that with an all-Bernstein concert," she said.
Flasch organized the symphony a few years ago, and it became an official nonprofit organization in 2014 with the goal of bringing high-quality music to the suburbs and exposing the "next generation" to the fine arts. Since 2015, Flasch has made it a goal to perform three concerts every year in the Milwaukee suburbs.
The symphony has played all over the area, including the Polish Center of Wisconsin and Greendale High School.
Flasch had spent her entire career in the musical world, from being a professional singer to building up a music festival at Aurora University in Illinois. However, after performing, conducting, and organizing musical events in other parts of the country, she decided she wanted to bring music back to where her roots were.
"I always wanted to do something for my hometown," Flasch said. "Franklin and the surrounding areas are really growing. Franklin has got The Rock for sports … I thought it would be really great to have a really fine music ensemble, too — something really top-drawer — and it is."
Tickets are now on sale for the performance, including special lunch/dinner packages that include a "signature meal" at That's Amore, 5080 S. 108th St. in Greenfield. The dinner package is $55 a ticket, which includes a seat in rows A-N in the theater. The ticket can be used as a meal voucher at the restaurant for the day of the concert or any other day before Dec. 30.
Standard seats for the front section of the theater are $40 a ticket and seats in the rear are $30.
Tickets can be purchased on the Southwestern Suburban Symphony's website, swssymphony.org.