Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Kingsville Symphony World Premiere Honors Area’s First Responders

KINGSVILLE - October 30, 2008

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

By Wayne Gunn, KSO Board Member and TAMUK Professor Emeritus

The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra will present its Thanksgiving concert Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, 855 N. Armstrong, on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. This will be the second concert of its third season, The Magic of Mozart. The conductor will be KSO Music Director, Stephan Sanders.
 
In recognition of their service and their bravery on duty, this concert is dedicated to First Responders in the six-county area. All first responders will be admitted to the concert for free. As a special tribute to them, KSO will feature the world premiere of "Alarm: The Call to Duty" by composer Dr. Greg Sanders, music professor at A&M-Kingsville. Firefighters, police officers, ambulance attendants and security officers will be asked to stand to be recognized.
 
The repertoire for the second concert also includes three works by W. A. Mozart, the signature composer for the season: "Overture to The Magic Flute," the intriguing "Sinfonia Concertante," featuring concertmaster Jose Flores and principal violist Melissa Melendez, and the second movement of "Flute and Harp Concerto."
 
Another special highlight will be the performance of the "Toy Symphony," ascribed to his father, Leopold Mozart, which will feature guest performers. Tchaikovsky's lush "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy" also will be performed.
 
Continuing its program of recognizing youth performers, KSO will salute students from the Corpus Christi ISD Ray High School Orchestra under the direction of Kathleen Kono.
 
Individual and season tickets are available at the Kingsville Visitors Center and the A&M-Kingsville music department. They also will be available at the door. To help those less fortunate at the Thanksgiving season, KSO invites all attendees to bring a non-perishable food donation for the local Samaritan Pantry.
 
Tickets are also available for two special upcoming concerts: the King Ranch Holiday Spectacular Concert, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in Jones Auditorium conducted by Lee Gwozdz, and the KSO Country Western Ball, Monday, April 20, 2009, at 8 p.m. in A&M-Kingsville’s Memorial Student Union Building, 1050 W. Santa Gertrudis.

Additional information about KSO is available at the Kingsville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 800-333-5032 or 361-592-8516 or the A&M-Kingsville music department at 361-593-2803. Also check out the KSO website, www.kingsvillesymphony.org.


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