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Kingsville Symphony Orchestra Pays Tribute to King Ranch with Next Concert Nov. 17 at A&M-Kingsville Jones Auditorium

KINGSVILLE - November 09, 2007


Austin music notable, founder of Balcones Community Orchestra, guest conducts

By Oscar Diaz
Kingsville Symphony Orchestra board member
Assistant professor of music and professor of trombone at Texas A&M-Kingsville

The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra presents its second concert of the season on November 17, 2007 at 3 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, 855 N. Armstrong, on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. This concert is the afternoon of the King Ranch Hand Breakfast and pays special tribute to the King Ranch by featuring cowboy musical fare. Dr. Robert Radmer is the guest conductor. 

The concert opens with the ever-popular “Hoe-Down” from Aaron Copeland’s Rodeo, the story of a ranch wedding. Continuing the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra’s season theme of the Seasons, the “Winter” Concerto from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons follows, featuring concertmaster Jose Flores as violin soloist. The first half of the program concludes with Bizet’s L’Arlesienne “Suite No. 2.”

The second half of the program begins with Dvorak’s joyfully exuberant Carnival Overture.  It is followed the “Intermezzo” from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (“Rural Chivalry”). Rene Echavarri, Texas A&M-Kingsville webmaster, has designed a multimedia presentation of King Ranch photographs that will be coordinated with the “Intermezzo.” The concert closes with Respighi’s exciting Pines of Rome, a work that had a major influence on many early Hollywood composers.

Dr. Robert Radmer is the founder and music director of the Balcones Community Orchestra in Austin, now in its 10th season.  He has worked with youth orchestras and adult ensembles in six states, and for ten years was music director of the Eastern New Mexico University Symphony Orchestra.  
Radmer’s primary conducting studies were with Gurer Aykal, general director of the Turkish National Symphony.  Radmer has received invitations to attend the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and the Conductor’s Institute at the University of South Carolina, and has studied under conductors David Zinman, Murray Sidlin, Robert Spano, Donald Portnoy, Samuel Jones and Kate Tamarkin.  
Radmer has performed as a violist with chamber ensembles and orchestras in over two thousand performances since 1981 in 21 states and 10 countries.  He was awarded the Doctorate in Viola Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993, and has served on the music faculties of Texas State University, the College of Saint Scholastica and Eastern New Mexico University.  Radmer was honored by being named Teacher of the Year in 1996 by the American String Teachers Association, New Mexico Chapter.  
In his spare time, he is a composer of concert music and also is an active member of the popular music scene in Austin.  He performs and records as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and improvising violist.  
Some tickets are still available for this concert and may be purchased from the A&M-Kingsville music department by calling 361-593-2803 or at the door of Jones Auditorium before the concert. For additional concert information, please check the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra web site at www.kingsvillesymphony.org.

(Author Oscar Diaz, assistant professor of music and professor of trombone at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin.)

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