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Texas A&M-Kingsville Horn Ensemble Gives Two South Texas Performances Before Leaving for International Symposium, Concerts in Europe

KINGSVILLE - June 14, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Performances scheduled for June 23 in Port Aransas and June 24 in Kingsville

The Texas A&M-Kingsville Horn Ensemble gives two performances this month that provide a sneak preview of a European show the group will deliver next month.

Directed by Dr. Jennifer Ratchford Sholtis, associate professor of music, the ensemble will perform Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Aransas Community Theatre, located at 2327 State Highway 361. Tickets are $10, with half of the proceeds to be used for ensemble expenses to attend the International Horn Symposium in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland the week of July 8.

The ensemble will then perform in Kingsville Sunday, June 24, at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Admission is free to the Kingsville program, with donations for the trip to be accepted at the concert.

The concerts will begin with a medley of songs from the Broadway musical West Side Story, along with a slide show of still pictures from the 1961 film adaptation. Guest conductor will be Arthur Sholtis, band director at Kaufer High School in Riviera and husband of Jennifer. Also featured will be a collection of traditional Mexican folk music entitled “Latin Fiesta!” All music for the concert was arranged by Sholtis. Featured performance of the American and German national anthems will be sung by their daughter Alexandria Sholtis, a student at Riviera’s De La Paz Middle School who was previously a first chair in the U.I.L. Junior High All-Region Choir.
The ensemble was invited to perform at the renowned 2007 International Horn Symposium before a worldwide audience of horn players, students and teachers. They also will attend concerts and clinics given by recognized horn professionals. En route to Switzerland, the ensemble will perform three concerts in southern Germany.

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