LPO Launches 25th Season
Members of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Board launched its 25th
Silver Anniversary Season, "Silver Memories/Golden Dreams" with
an announcement held in the lobby of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez
Fine Arts Center on the Laredo Community College downtown campus, West
End Washington. (photo)
LPO president David Brown, LCC president Dr. Ramon Dovalina, TAMIU president
Dr. Ray Keck and LPO conductor and music director Brendan Townsend shared
news of the four-concert season which opens Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. at
the Martinez Building on the LCC campus.
Tickets are $20 per adult and $12 for senior citizens. All TAMIU and
LCC students will be admitted free with student ID, as will local high
school and elementary students. Season tickets are available for $75 per
person. Tickets are available at LCC and TAMIU business offices, Elmo
Lopez Music Company, The Jardiniere, Foster's, Starbucks at the corner
of Del Mar and McPherson and Picarillos.
The remaining performance schedule is as follows:
Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. - TAMIU.
"Silvery Shadows" features the comic work for actors and orchestra
called "Phantom of the Orchestra."
Sunday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m. - LCC.
"From the Stage and Silver Screen" featuring music made popular
both on the opera stage and through movies.
Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. at TAMIU.
This concert, entitled "Golden Ages" will bring forth beautiful
works from the "Golden Ages" of music from the baroque to modern.
This concert will feature the brilliant young pianist Adam Jackson from
Fort Worth, winner of the 2004 Young Texas Artists Competition.
LPO president Brown noted that this is the second year of the successful
"Thanks to this partnership, audience support and inspired programming,
we saw the LPO's audience grow considerably and look forward to a successful
25th Anniversary Season," Brown said.
Drs. Dovalina and Keck concurred, noting that the collaboration has
powerful ramifications for both campuses.
"This is a marvelous way to bring our students valuable exposure
to the performing arts and our campuses," Dr. Dovalina said.
Dr. Keck also noted that in addition to the benefit for students at
both TAMIU and LCC, audiences and the community at large benefit from
the stability the collaboration has provided.
"Prior to the collaboration, the very future of the LPO was of
great concern. For those of us who have cherished this organization since
its inception, this collaboration has helped secure the LPO's future,"
Dr. Keck said.
Music director and conductor Townsend said the latest season offers
a variation of last year's popular "Around the World" series
which highlighted global composers.
"We ended last year's musical season awaiting a return to US shores.
That is this season: we begin our musical return to the US with a concert
entitled "Hi Ho Silver" that features music that celebrates
America or is written by an American composer," Townsend said.
For the opening Oct. 3 concert the program will include three movements
from the ballet suite "Rodeo" by the American composer Aaron
Copland; a "fiddler" series that features fiddle orchestrations
by Townsend of three Texas country tunes including "Tom and Jerry,"
"Old-time Waltz" and "Hot Foot Rag."
The first half of the concert ends with two American Classics - Leroy
Anderson's "Syncopated Clock" and John Phillip Sousa's "Stars
and Stripes Forever." The second half of the concert is Antonin Dvorak's
9th Symphony "From the New World," perhaps Dvorak's most well-known
symphony inspired by music heard during his travels in America.
Townsend said that the concerts of the season may strike an especially
familiar chord for those Laredoans who attended Laredo Independent School
District elementary schools in the 70s or 80s.
"Many of the season's works were chosen from the Elementary Music
Program run by Mrs. Hortense Offerle at LISD precisely so that people
would be familiar with them and would be inclined to attend concerts.
Mrs. Offerle has been a staunch supporter of the LPO and has served on
the board of directors and held the LPO presidency twice and continues
to contribute to the educational outreach efforts of the orchestra,"
On November 5 at the Laredo Country Club the LPO will host a Gala fundraiser
that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group and recognize the
efforts of 25 patrons of the arts whose vision and leadership helped create
and nurture the LPO. Chair of the event is Ramon Zertuche. Tickets will
be $75 per person and seating is limited, so early ticket purchase is
recommended, said Zertuche.
"We are looking forward to a memorable evening of fine food and
music as well the honorary awards to the 25 patrons of the arts,"
In addition to the season, in early January 2005 the LPO plans to collaborate
with the Laredo Philharmonic Chorale and United High School Choir to perform
Beethoven's 9th Symphony both as a celebration of the organization's 25th
Silver Anniversary Season and the City of Laredo's 250th Anniversary.
For additional information, please contact Townsend at 326.3039 or 721.5258.
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