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Laredo Philharmonic’s Orchestra’s 26th Season: “First Contact”

ay you don’t know anything about music? Well the new season of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) will give you some of the tools to make your “First Contact” less intimidating. S

“This season’s theme, ‘First Contact’ was designed to provide ‘First Contact’ on a number of levels. For those who have never been to an LPO concert, we want their first concert to be a positive experience. The programs will include introductions and background information about the music so the audience can easily follow along and learn about the music,” explained LPO music director, Brendan Townsend.

But first contact is not limited to first-time concert attendants. Regular concert patrons also benefit from the theme. The other forms of first contact include local premieres of new orchestral works and the introduction of new soloists to Laredo.

“This season also includes carefully chosen new music by living American composers, such as Bruce Craig Roter, Roberto Sierra and David Avshalomov. We also invited four singers from the Santa Fe Opera to perform with us. This season also marks the first time two local soloists, Dr. Susan Liu and Dr. Cain Budds perform with the LPO,” added Townsend.

It includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Ode to Joy) and other music that speaks to the nature of mankind, humanity and brotherhood. “Music and Dance,” scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20, embarks on a wild journey through various orchestral forms with a heavy emphasis on dance. TAMIU’s Ballet Folklórico will perform traditional dances. Celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday with “Mozart Goes to the Movies” on Sunday, Feb. 26. Dr. Liu and the Laredo Philharmonic Choral will join the LPO to present a variety of works by W.A. Mozart used in movies. This concert coincides with the annual Academy Awards broadcast. On Sunday, March 26 at TAMIU, a reduced orchestra will present the unusually titled program “Fire the Fiddles!” in which a variety of sumptuous works, including the Serenade No. 2 of Brahms and the Bachianas Brassiliaras No. 5 for solo Soprano and eight cellos will inspire and uplift the soul. Adds Townsend, “No violins are used anywhere in the program!” Finally, the season ends with “Passion and Emotion” Sunday, April 30 at TAMIU. The orchestra will present Dr. Budds in a premiere performance of “Folias” by Cuban composer Roberto Sierra. Other music includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique,” “Peterloo” by Malcolm Arnold and “Elegy” by David Avshalmov. All concerts begin at 4 p.m. Tickets for each concert are available at the door, at various Wells Fargo branches and also by contacting the office at 956.326.3039. Season passes are also available.

The LPO’s 26th season captures different elements and styles of music that give insight to the wonderful world of sound. The first concert of the season, “Music and the Human Spirit” kicks off Sunday, Oct. 9 at Texas A&M International University.

Melissa Barrientos-Whitfield


A year of fun: concerts, art shows, dance recitals, musical performances, art exhibits, special lectures and exhibits...

Save the date! College reunion, October 9, 2005 1 - 5 p.m.

Visit our web site at www.tamiu.edu/calendar/month.php for a full calendar of 35th Anniversary Celebration Events!




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