Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Kingsville Symphony Orchestra Opens Season Sunday, Oct 5, At Jones Auditorium

KINGSVILLE - September 29, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

By Dr. D. Wayne Gunn, KSO Board Member

The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra’s third season, The Magic of Mozart, opens at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Jones Auditorium, 855 N. Armstrong, on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus. Under the baton of Dr. Yutaka Kono, the orchestra will play Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Jose Flores continues as concertmaster.
Dr. Steve Tallant, the new president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will greet concertgoers and pay special tribute to area schoolteachers.
All area teachers are invited free as special guests at the concert. Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture will be dedicated specially to them. Other special guests are students from the H.M. King High School Band under the direction of Rolando Molina.
Conductor Kono is assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He received his degrees from Bowling Green State University, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Texas at Austin. One of the founding KSO members, he conducted the chamber orchestra concert earlier this year and has led the wind and string section rehearsals for the past two years.
KSO was begun in 2006 as a joint venture between the community and the campus. Stefan Sanders is the music director for the more than 40-member orchestra. Its season consists of four concerts available to both subscribers and individual concertgoers. In addition, during its 2008-2009 season it has scheduled a special Holiday Concert conducted by Lee Gwozdz in December. In April Stefan Sanders will conduct the KSO Children’s Concert and a Gala Country-Western Ball Concert.
Both season and individual concert tickets may be purchased at the Kingsville Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling 361-592-8501 or 800-333-3052 and at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Music Department at 361-593-2803. Tickets for individual concerts cost $5, $10, $20 and $30. Season ticket holders receive the benefit of one free concert. Additional information is available at www.kingsvillesymphony.org.

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