LPO’s ‘Strings Serenade’ at TAMIU Sunday

Strings Serenade Offered
at TAMIU Sunday at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 4 p.m., the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the stage at Texas A&M International University's Center for the Fine and Performing Arts' Recital Hall, with its Spring program, “String Serenade.”

The Sunday program spans four centuries and is the latest edition in the popular “Evolution” season.

Tickets are available at the business offices at TAMIU and Laredo Community College, as well as at International Bank of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank locations.

They are $25 for adults and $17 for seniors. Students with an ID card are admitted for free.

Brendan Townsend, LPO music director and conductor, noted that the March 4 performance offers an intriguing program, special guest artists and composers and some LPO “firsts.”

“Joining the LPO for this performance will be the students and members of the 'Combined College Orchestra' which includes students from LCC, TAMIU and area schools,” Townsend said.

He said the string family has dominated the history of western music ensemble development and the March 4 program offers clear evidence of it.

“Two centerpieces of the program are the ‘Concerto for Two Violins and Strings’ by Malcolm Arnold and the United States premiere of a short work for string orchestra titled ‘Three Fragments’ by Polish composer Mikolaj Gorecki, who for the past five years has made Laredo his home,” he explained.

The Concerto features soloists David deLambre and Karen Stiles, a husband and wife team, members of the San Antonio Symphony.

Also on the program will be one of the most famous string orchestra pieces of all time - the Concerto Grosso Op 6 No. 1 of George Fredrich Handel - and the Sonata for Organ and Strings by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Sunday sees the US debut of Gorecki's ‘Three Fragments,’ previously performed in Canada. The selection offers startling tonal colors that will intrigue. Rounding out the program is ‘Serenade in E minor’ by British romantic composer Sir Edward Elgar.

For more information about this concert or other upcoming LPO events, contact Townsend at 326.3039 or btownsend@tamiu.edu

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