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Kingsville Symphony Orchestra Opens Second Season Sunday, Oct. 7 at A&M-Kingsville Jones Auditorium

KINGSVILLE - September 19, 2007

Contact: Sheri Borchardt
kaslb02@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2803

Acclaimed Laredo orchestral music director, educator Brendan Townsend guest conducts

By Dr. Naomi Seidman
Kingsville Symphony Orchestra board member
Assistant professor of flute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Seasonal Vivaldi, a Dvorak symphony and a noted guest conductor are just a few of the highlights to look forward to in the season two opening concert of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra.

It happens on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, located at 855 N. Armstrong on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The concert opens with the “Hebrides Overture, opus 26 in b minor,” by Felix Mendelssohn. This concert overture was inspired by Mendelssohn’s visit to Fingal’s Cave in Scotland and was one of the first pieces of music written to evoke a mood and set a scene.

Concertmaster Jose Flores will be featured in the “Fall” violin concerto from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” In it, the Italian composer evokes the spirit of the harvest and the hunt. Next will come “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius. He composed “Finlandia” in the autumn of 1899 for a series of tableaux illustrating episodes in Finland´s past.

After an intermission, the orchestra will perform Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8” in its entirety. Bohemian folk music inspired the composer to create this appreciated, lesser known work.

Brendan Townsend serves as guest conductor for the concert. Winner of the 2007 ASCAP Award for Innovative Programming, Townsend is beginning his fifth season as music director of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has attracted widespread attention from the public, media, and professional music world for his extraordinary and diverse talents as a conductor.

Townsend concurrently holds a shared teaching appointment at Texas A&M International University and Laredo Community College. He also holds an appointment with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and continues an extensive guest conducting career that has taken him to Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, Pennsylvania and California. He has upcoming engagements in Taiwan and his native Ireland.

Townsend began his conducting career in Ireland with the Cork Gilbert & Sullivan Society at age 18. He went on to work with various choirs and orchestras before pursuing graduate studies in Germany and the Netherlands. Townsend made his European debut with the Netherlands Promenade Orchestra. He conducted over 20 orchestras, choirs and opera companies in Europe. From 1995 to 1997, he was the music director for Sinfonietta Geleen and Ars Antiqua et Nova.

In 1997 he moved to the United States to become the music director of the youth orchestras of San Antonio and director of orchestras at the University of the Incarnate Word. In 2001, he became the interim music director of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestras at Tennessee Tech University.

Season tickets for the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra's four concerts are available by calling the Texas A&M-Kingsville music department at 361-593-2803. Season ticket prices are $90, $60, $30 and $15. Individual concert tickets are $30, $20, $10 and $5. Parking is available free of charge next to Jones Auditorium. For additional information, check www.kingsvillesymphony.org.

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