Monday, November 18, 2019
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McALLEN – Residents of the Rio Grande Valley can look forward to another season of symphonic music and entertainment as the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents its 63rd anniversary season. It kicks off Sept. 24 in a new venue.

Performances will now be held in the newly-opened Performing Arts Complex auditorium of the University of Texas Rio Grande. This facility hosts 1,000 patrons and has exclusive balcony seating. It is equipped with adjustable performance acoustics to bring out the best symphonic concerts.20150807 vso-1

Dr. Peter Dabrowski, VSO conductor and director, has selected a vast musical repertoire for the 2015-2016 season that is primed to impress veteran patrons and first-time audience members. This season also includes world-renowned and critically acclaimed guest artists.

The Sept. 24 kickoff concert features UTRGV President Dr. Guy Bailey narrating Aaron Copland’s famous “Lincoln Portrait” speech with the VSO orchestra. Dr. Bailey’s participation represents the long-standing relationship the VSO has had with the University of Texas-Pan American and signals its new and solid partnership with our region’s new university, UTRGV.

Other concerts include an Oct. 29 “Classics Forever” presentation, featuring pieces from Schubert and Beethoven; Nov. 20 “Touch of Frost” performance at the McAllen Civic Center in conjunction with the VSO Chorale; Feb. 4, 2016 Pops concert featuring UTRGV’s Mariachi Aztlan; March 3 performance at UTRGV with an original composition by the late Dr. Carl Seale; and on April 7, the “European Masters” concert featuring guest pianist Adam Wodnicki performing Piano Concerto in A-Minor, op. 16.

In addition, Chamber Concerts also will be held Oct. 6 and Dec. 8 at the Sky Tower Club atop the 17th floor of the Chase Neuhaus Tower in McAllen. Chamber concert patrons are privy to an amazing view of the McAllen skyline and will enjoy an intimate concert experience of exciting musical performances including duets and octets of string, woodwind, brass and percussion.

All Chamber concerts begin at 7 p.m. with a reception of hors d’oeuvre, wine and dessert. The musical program begins promptly at 7:30 pm.

To secure reserved seats call the VSO Box Office at 661-1615. Season subscription and chamber series tickets are on sale now through Sept. 1. Season subscription patrons receive a discount equivalent to six concerts for the price of five. They also have the luxury of selecting the same seats with their friends.

For more information, go to valleyorchestra.org or stop by the VSO Box Office located inside the first floor of the Chase Neuhaus Tower at 200 S. 10th St., Ste. 104 in McAllen. Group, senior and student discounts also are available.

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