Posted: 9/19/17

Laredo Philharmonic Launches 38th  Concert Season; Tickets On Sale 


It's all about "Orchestral Families" this LPO Season.  

The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Board officially launched its 38th Concert Season this week and season tickets for the 2017-18 concert season are now on sale. 

The theme for this year’s new season of high-quality musical events will be “Orchestral Families,” explained music director Brendan Townsend. Tickets for all concerts are available through the Philharmonic’s website at www.laredophil.com, by calling 956.326.3042, or by contacting any Board member. Season tickets are $80 for all four concerts.

“One of the founders of the Laredo Phil, Hortense Offerle – who led the elementary music program at Laredo Independent School District for many years – has always been a proponent of families being at the heart of our mission in programming musical events,” Townsend said, and noted that the term “Families,” has twin meaning for this concert season.

“First and foremost, we have created programs of music that are completely family-friendly, and we encourage parents to bring their young children to concerts and expose them to the wonderful world of music.  But we also highlight each of the “Families” of instruments contained within the Orchestra: Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion. Each of these groups is featured in our four concerts of the subscription season.”

Over the course of the season, local musicians will be featured as soloists in three concerts. Long-time educator John Reimund – who has taught at the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts for over 20 years, as well as teaching low brass at both Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University – will be featured in the December concert.  Dr. Colin Campbell, TAMIU faculty member and University Organist, will be the featured soloist in March. The winner of the Laredo Concerto Competition headlines the April offering.

Townsend said the LPO’s core mission calls on it to create musical events that both entertain and educate the listener and engage with its diverse community through cooperative productions that enrich everyone’s lives.

“Innovative selection of music, which has been the hallmark of the Laredo Phil and has earned the organization national recognition, ensures that each concert will include music of differing styles and suited to all tastes,” he said.

LPO Board president Douglas Ferrier affirmed the Philharmonic’s focus on the community it proudly calls home. 

“We are proud of our history as an integral part of the cultural life of this community, and our concerts, jointly housed at LCC and TAMIU, include choirs, mariachis and ensembles from across the city, making us a true embodiment of a musical family,” Ferrier said. 

The first concert of the season will be on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3:00 p.m. and will be performed at TAMIU’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ Recital Hall.  It will include selections by Rossini, Anderson, Mendelssohn and the World Premiere of a new composition by Dr. Colin Campbell featuring the Organ and Strings.

For more information contact Angeline Townsend, Laredo Phil general manager, at 956.326.3042, or email laredophilharmonic@gmail.com.