First Offering of LPO Season Sept. 28 at TAMIU

Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra’s
29th Season Opens Sept. 28

The award-winning Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra will soon begin its 29th season, the 2008/2009 concert series “Heroes,” at the end of this month.

The Orchestra will perform music from many of the most popular orchestral works of all time, showcasing unique solo works, while incorporating dance elements within the performances.

The debut will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 with “Ordinary Heroes Who Answered the Call” at the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ Recital Hall.

Highlights include Overture “Flying Dutchman” by Richard Wagner, “Lux Perpetua” by Samuel Adler, “Reading the Naes” by Jessica Locke and Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma Variations) by Sir Edward Elgar. Featured soloist Dr. David Eaton will perform on the Sharkey Corrigan Organ.

Season passes are $100 for adults and $85 for seniors (62+). Individual concert tickets are $25 for adults and $17 for seniors (62+) and students with school ID get in free.

This year’s program consists of five subscription concerts and two special event concerts. “Each program has a different concentration for its theme,” said Brendan Townsend, music director for the LPO, “As a whole, the five themes all work to honor some form of Hero.”

This season follows the exceedingly successful 2007/2008 “Myths and Legends” series.

The second performance in the season is “Heroes of Stage and Screen” at Laredo Community College’s Martinez Fine Arts Center Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.

Both the LPO and Townsend have been praised by the League of American Orchestras for their great efforts to bring a rich mixture of popular orchestral works and for bringing new pieces by living composers to the stage in innovating and interesting ways.

For season ticket information, please contact Townsend at 326.3039 or e-mail btownsend@tamiu.edu.

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