Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Beethoven Symphony, Vivaldi and Holst All Part of Kingsville Symphony Orchestra Concert April 20

KINGSVILLE - April 10, 2008

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

Stefan Sanders of Buffalo Philharmonic guest conducts
By Drs. D. Wayne Gunn and Nancy KingSanders
Kingsville Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) presents its third concert of the season April 20 at 3 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, near the intersection of Armstrong Street and Santa Gertrudis Avenue.

The KSO will open with the “Festive Overture” by Shostakovich. Continuing its theme of the seasons, it will present the “Spring” concerto from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” featuring concertmaster Jose Flores as violin soloist. The first half of the program will conclude with “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” The second half of the program will be a complete performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.

Stefan Sanders will be the guest conductor for this third concert. An outstanding
bass trombonist, he was the first bass trombone player ever to win the Juilliard Concerto Competition. As a result, he made his debut with the Julliard Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Earlier, he studied at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. In September 2006, Sanders was appointed apprentice conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic. A native of Austin, the Cuban-American is also music director of the Austin City Brass Ensemble. His recordings include his performances with the Prague Radio Orchestra of Eric
Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra for the album “Brass Hits” and with the Radio City Music Hall’s 2004 concert with Sir Elton John.

The concert will be broadcast live by South Texas Public Radio, KEDT-FM 90.3 in Corpus Christi and KVRT-FM 90.7 in Victoria.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville Mariachi will perform before the concert in
the foyer of Jones Auditorium. A pre-concert lecture for VIP ticket holders will take place at 2 p.m. in room 100 of Sam Fore Hall, behind the Health and Recreation Building on Engineering Avenue.

Sanders also will conduct the KSO’s children’s concert at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21 for invited elementary students from Kingsville and surrounding communities. “Composer Jones,” a distant relative of a somewhat more famous archeologist and explorer, will narrate this adventurous quest for musical elements to be found throughout an orchestra. This children’s concert is made possible by a grant from the King Ranch Family Trust.

Concert tickets are $30 for VIP level, $20, $10 and $5, available through the A&M-Kingsville music department office at 361-593-2803, or at the door the day of the performance. Parking is available free of charge next to Jones Auditorium.

For additional information, call 361-593-2803.


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