TAMIU Orchestra Set to Perform April 25
The Texas A&M International University Orchestra will present its
second concert of the year on Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m. in the Center
for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. The event is free and open
to the public.
Brendan Townsend, assistant professor and Orchestra director, explained
the TAMIU Orchestra is made up entirely of TAMIU students.
"We currently have 25 registered students and a few who are attending
other classes but volunteer to be a part of the orchestra," Townsend
said, "We actively encourage anyone who has been a part of their
orchestral program in high school and wants to continue to play to come
and join the orchestra while attending TAMIU."
He said the works to be performed were selected to be both familiar
and yet exciting.
"The program includes Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro' Overture, which
many will remember as the background music from the movie 'Trading Places',
the tumultuous Coriolan Overture of Beethoven, Bach Concerto in D minor
for Oboe and Violin, featuring soloists Hector Pedraza and Ismael Borrego,
and will conclude with Strauss' ever popular 'Blue Danube Waltz,'"
The TAMIU Orchestra was officially founded this past Fall with the arrival
of Townsend, who holds a joint faculty position at TAMIU and Laredo Community
College. His services are also shared as the Music Director of the Laredo
"Yes, of course it is hectic juggling all these orchestras,"
Townsend said, "But how often do you get to contribute to the growth
of a city like Laredo by conducting orchestras at so many different levels?"
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