EPSO News


DVORAK AND AMERICA
A Multi-Media Experience!
Maestro Bohuslav Rattay and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra will explore Dvořák in search of America in a multi-media experience at its February concerts – February 19 and 20, 2016 at the Plaza Theatre. The program will feature the Hiawatha Melodrama for narrator and orchestra with baritone Kevin Deas and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (From New World Symphony). The New World Symphony is Dvořák’s most famous symphony written on American soil. Dvořák was fascinated by the Native American and early African American spirituals.

In the first half of concerts, audience members will hear the final two movements of the Hiawatha Melodrama written by Joseph Horowitz and Michael Beckerman. The melodrama comprises a series of fragments from Longfellow’s poem accompanied by fragments of from Dvořák’s symphony with visuals and narration. The visuals are comprised by media artist Peter Bogdanoff. Eric Summerford Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation, will provide the narration. Baritone singer Kevin Deas will perform Goin’ Home and other spirituals.

The second half of the program will feature the entire Symphony No. 9, From the New World, by Dvořák. Dvořák and America is part of the “Music Unwound” consortium supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The concerts are generously sponsored by El Paso Community Foundation.

Audience members are invited to the pre-concert talk “Opening Notes” with Andy Moran and guest Joe Horowitz to further explore the concert program on Friday, February 19, 2016 and Saturday, November 21, 2015, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre. The pre-concert talks, which are free and open to all, are designed to give concert attendees the inside scoop on the music, composers and artists. A question and answer session is also schedule for after the concert in the Plaza Theatre.

CONCERT TICKETS: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 plus fees $9 and $11 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Montreal, San Francisco, and Seattle, and the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals. He repeats the role during the 2015-2016 season with the Dallas and Buffalo Symphonies. A strong proponent of contemporary music, Kevin Deas was heard at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in a new production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in honor of the composer's eighty-fifth birthday, which was videotaped for worldwide release. He has also performed the world premieres of Derek Bermel’s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. His twenty-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in To Hope!, and he performed Brubeck’s Gates of Justice. Kevin Deas has recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger for Decca/London with the Chicago Symphony under the late Sir Georg Solti and Varèse's Ecuatorial with the ASKO Ensemble under the baton of Riccardo Chailly. Other releases include Bach's Mass in B-minor and Handel's Acis and Galatea on Vox Classics; Dave Brubeck's To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society on the Telarc label; and Dvořák in America, the world premiere recording of Dvořák’s Hiawatha Melodrama and Dvořák’s arrangement of Goin’ Home with the PostClassical Ensemble.

Joseph Horowitz has long been a pioneer in thematic, interdisciplinary classical music programming, beginning with his tenure as artistic advisor for the annual Schubertiade at New York’s 92nd Street Y. As executive director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, he received national attention for the Russian Stravinsky, Dvořák and America, American Transcendentalists, Flamenco, and other festivals that explored the folk roots of concert works and the quest for national identity through the arts. Now an artistic advisor to various American orchestras, he has created more than three dozen interdisciplinary music festivals since 1985. He is also the founding artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s path breaking chamber orchestra, PostClasscial Ensemble. He is also the award-winning author of eight books that address the institutional history of classical music in the United States. Dvořák’s eventful American sojourn has long been a topic of special interest to Mr. Horowitz. As director of an NEH National Education Project, he wrote a young readers book, Dvořák and America, and commissioned a companion interactive DVD by Robert Winter and Peter Bogdanoff. Also for the NEH, Mr. Horowitz directed a Dvořák and America teacher training institute. His website is www.josephhorowitz.com; his blog is www.artsjournal/uq. The El Paso Dvořák and America festival is part of the NEH’s “Music Unwound” consortium, directed by Mr. Horowitz.

Media artist Peter Bogdanoff works in the field of video, audio, and computer-based media to bring the arts to new audiences. He has worked extensively with Joseph Horowitz, co-creating visual presentations of live performances of Dvorak’s New World Symphony (premiered by the Brooklyn Philharmonic) and Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements (commissioned by the Pacific Symphony and shown by the New York Philharmonic, among other orchestras). With Horowitz, he has created visual components for presentations of the New World Symphony (commissioned by the New York Philharmonic) and Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony (commissioned by the New York Philharmonic). He created a film, Remembering JFK, for the National Symphony Orchestra with Horowitz. He designed, produced, and programmed a series of computer programs that explore works by Bartok, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Mozart, and others. With the scholar/pianist Robert Winter, he created an interactive DVD-ROM about the New World Symphony. He also helped develop the Concert Companion, a hand-held personal digital assistant-based project that provides real-time text commentary during concerts. He is digital media specialist in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
Opening Notes: Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: Friday, February 19 & Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Kevin Deas, Baritone
Eric Summerford Pearson, Narrator
Dvořák Slavonic Dances, op. 46, B.83
Dvořák/William Arms Fisher Goin’ Home
Michael Beckerman/Joseph Horowitz (after Dvořák) Hiawatha Melodrama for narrator and orchestra
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Single ticket prices: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



EPSO Rings In the New Year with Friends
11th Anniversary of EPSO/EPPM Collaboration
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will ring—[in 2016 with a “Variations on Friends.” The concerts on January 22 and 23, 2016, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre mark the 11th consecutive season that EPSO and El Paso Pro-Musica present distinguished artists to El Paso audiences.

Internationally renowned cellist and EPSO friend, Zuill Bailey will perform with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bohuslav Rattay, the El Paso premiere of an EPSO co-commission piece, Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra by composer Michael Daugherty. Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra was commissioned by the Nashville Symphony and a consortium consisting of: the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Redwood Symphony, South Florida Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. The world premiere was on April 17, 2015, with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero, with Zuill Bailey, solo cello.

In Tales of Hemingway composer Michael Daugherty evokes the turbulent life, adventures, and literature of American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). Daugherty divides the concerto into 4 movements, which are inspired by one of Hemingway’s short stories or novels: I. Big Two-Hearted River; II. For Whom the Bell Tolls; III. The Old Man and the Sea; and IV The Sun Also Rises. Hemingway’s terse, direct, accessible writing style, combined with a mastery of dialogue and brilliant use of omission and repetition, made him one of the most influential and original writers of the 20th century.

The January 22 and 23 concerts, sponsored by EPSO friends Beverly and Ken Jinkerson, will open with Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and will close with Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Elgar dedicated Enigma Variations to “to my friends pictured within.” Each variation is a musical sketch of a close acquaintance.

EPSO presents Opening Notes with resident conductor Andy Moran on Friday, January 22, 2016 and Saturday, January 23, 2016, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre. The pre-concert talks, which are free and open to all, are designed to give concert attendees the inside scoop on the music, composers and artists.

CONCERT TICKETS: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 plus fees $9 and $11 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
Opening Notes: Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: Friday, January 22 & Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Zuill Bailey, Cello
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra (EPSO Co-Commission and El Paso premiere)
Elgar Enigma Variations
Single ticket prices: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com


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Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Announces EPSO's Tocando Music Education Program Among PlayUSA Pilot Programs
CARNEGIE HALL’S WEILL MUSIC INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN LOUISIANA, OHIO, AND TEXAS AS PART OF NEW PILOT PROGRAM: PlayUSA

Carnegie Hall Selects Music Education Programs at Columbus Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for Support in PlayUSA’s First Year

PlayUSA Designed to Boost Instrumental Music Instruction for Underserved K-12 Students Nationwide; Part of WMI’s Growing Programs Supporting Students and Organizations Across the U.S.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) today announced the creation of PlayUSA, a new pilot program that will provide grants and programmatic support to a range of instrumental music education projects across the United States, all specifically designed to reach low-income and underserved students on a local level. For its pilot year, Carnegie Hall has selected projects from three orchestras for its PlayUSA program: the Columbus All City Orchestra from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Columbus, OH); the Tocando After School Music Program from the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (El Paso, TX); and Music for Life from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (New Orleans, LA).

“In launching PlayUSA, WMI is partnering with organizations that are helping to address the need for more high-quality instrumental music instruction, serving students who normally do not have access to it,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “The three projects and organizations selected by Carnegie Hall for the program’s first year—each in their own way—are focused on providing sustained training and music education opportunities to a diverse group of talented and motivated students, placing musical instruments in the hands of young people with limited access. Through PlayUSA, we not only want to support each program, but perhaps equally as important, create a robust community of organizations across the country focused on this work, so we can learn from one another and make note of successes and milestones achieved in each PlayUSA location that can be shared across the field.”

PlayUSA provides support for new and expanded programs, all working on a local level. The program includes consultation with Carnegie Hall staff to help problem-solve, address challenges, and build on best practices in the music education field. It also provides training and professional development for teachers utilizing both online and in-person resources. PlayUSA grants (totaling $100,000 in this pilot year) may be used by each selected organization to underwrite teaching fees for music instruction; purchase or rental of musical instruments as well as instrumental repair; and other associated programmatic costs. Like other WMI national music education initiatives, a key program component will be an annual convening of representatives from PlayUSA organizations, creating an opportunity for shared learning among participants and with others in the field.

For this pilot year, Carnegie Hall invited orchestras across the country that already partner with the Weill Music Institute on its Link Up music education program for grades 3-5 to apply for a PlayUSA grant. (It is anticipated that future years of this program will be opened to a wider constituency of partners.) PlayUSA is part of a growing portfolio of WMI programs reaching students and teachers across the US. WMI’s Link Up program reaches approximately 350,000 students and teachers around the world through more than 80 partner orchestras. WMI’s Musical Explorers for grades K-2 now reaches 19,000 kids in New York City and at four national partner sites.

PlayUSA also complements recently-launched WMI initiatives like NYO2, an expansion of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA) program. Beginning in 2016, this intensive two-week summer program, run in conjunction with NYO-USA, will serve young American instrumentalists, ages 14-17, supporting greater diversity within the classical orchestral field with a particular focus on attracting talented students who have not had access to highly selective training opportunities via major youth orchestra programs, summer festivals and camps, or similar experiences outside their own communities.

PlayUSA is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Fund II Foundation, which is dedicated to music education, advancing social change, creating possibilities, promoting respect and protection of the environment, and preserving American culture by funding opportunities for minority and other vulnerable populations. The Fund II grant also supports further expansion of WMI’s Link Up program, helping Carnegie Hall to reach five million young people nationwide over the next decade.

About the PlayUSA Grantees

Columbus All City Orchestra (Columbus, OH)
The Columbus All City Orchestra (CACO) is the result of a long-term partnership between the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Columbus City Schools, the primary school district served by the orchestra. The CACO program was created to offer students in this district a deeper music instruction experience than most of their schools can provide. Each year, approximately 40 to 50 students in grades 9-12 are selected to participate in the CACO through seating auditions, which are judged by professional musicians and educators. The students receive in-depth musical training, performance experience, and mentoring from professional conductors and musicians, helping them to develop new musical skills, professionalism, and confidence.

Funding from PlayUSA will allow the CSO to expand access to sustained, high-quality music instruction for underserved students in Columbus, with a pilot program that will offer private lessons with Columbus Symphony Orchestra musicians. Selected CACO students will be paired with a CSO musician who will provide private lessons and mentoring throughout the school year. The expanded program will also include rented instruments made available to students, CSO musicians mentoring orchestra and band classes, free tickets for students in the district to all 2015-2016 CSO concerts, as well as professional development for teachers and engagement with parents and guardians.

Tocando After School Music Program (El Paso, TX)
Now in its third season, the Tocando After School Music Program is the most recent education and outreach program of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by Venezuela’s highly successful El Sistema program, Tocando (“to play”) is designed to engage disconnected youth at elementary schools through intensive music instruction, academic tutoring, and nutritional snacks. Students are provided with the use of free instruments and are exposed to positive adult role models. They are given opportunities to perform within the community. The intention of Tocando is to empower children to improve their sense of community and opportunity through immersive music learning and performing. Tocando uses music education as a vehicle for children to acquire valuable tools of teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and academic success.

Funding from PlayUSA will support the expansion of Tocando to a second location in El Paso, and provide for teaching artists and professional development.

Music for Life (New Orleans, LA)
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)—the only full-time professional orchestra in Louisiana and the country’s only full-time musician-governed orchestra—presents Music for Life, which offers disadvantaged youth the opportunity to study music intensively throughout the year in private and small-group settings with both LPO musicians and peers from the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras. Now entering its third year, Music for Life provides youth in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans with an outlet for creative expression, increasing the number of music-oriented out-of-school activities available to them and supporting positive in-school performance, both academic and behavioral. All program components, including instruments, supplies, tickets to LPO Family Concerts, transportation, and meals are provided at no cost to participants.

Funding from PlayUSA will support professional development, teaching and performance fees for artist mentors, instruments for new students, instrument repair and service, music stands and books, and other program costs.

About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. Nearly 500,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/education.


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BOHUSLAV RATTAY BACK ON STAGE
Make it a Date!
Maestro Bohuslav Rattay is back on the Plaza Theatre stage on November 20 and 21, 2015, 7:30pm to lead the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in a program that will include a World Premiere by El Paso composer Osvaldo Mendoza and highlight the Plaza Theatre Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer organ in a symphony by Saint-Saëns. The originally scheduled Bruch Scottish Fantasy with guest artist Pip Clarke has been replaced by Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Ms. Clark is unable to keep her commitment in El Paso due to family reasons. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto will feature EPSO’s current concertmaster and concert soloist Richard Biaggini.

Osvaldo Mendoza Overture to Victory (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Richard Biaggini
Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Organ Symphony featuring
the Plaza Theatre Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer)

Composer Osvaldo Mendoza is a familiar face in El Paso’s classical music scene. Born and educated in Cd. Juarez, Osvaldo received his bachelor of music at UTEP and a master of music in theory and composition from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Osvaldo described Overture to Victory to Dr. Marcia Fountain as a correlation between failure and success. “I had been trained by academic school that failing was not an option; now I realized that it is part of success. Musically I wanted to portray that energy that a victory gives. I used clusters, fast notes and extreme dynamics to build that excitement that joy give us. Also, there is a waltz in the middle section representing the emotion of meditation and evaluation. Finally, towards the end, a fast an energetic section comes again, culminating in a climax with lots of percussion, accents and counterpoint.”

Violinist Richard Biaggini will take center stage to perform a masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Richard is an active performer throughout the United States, South America, and Europe and is serving as EPSO’s Concertmaster for the 2015-2016 Season. Biaggini studied at the Latin Academy of Violin and at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela. At age 16, he had the honor of being the youngest member of the highest level orchestra in “El Sistema.” In 1999, he was accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Indiana University. He was the recipient of the First Prize of the Pittsburgh Performing Arts Foundation. In 2001, he continued his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was First Violin of the Graduate String Quartet Program. During his three years at UCSB, he was the winner of the UCSB Symphony Concerto Competition.

The Plaza Theatre Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer will be the feature in Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 popularly known as the Organ Symphony. Saint-Saëns wrote the piece during the artistic peak of his career and said of the composition, "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." Ever since its London premiere in 1886, Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 has been one of the most popular symphonies in the repertoire. It is one of those rare works that instantly entered the canon of masterpieces and has remained there ever since. Its most famous melody, the joyful finale, has been featured in the 1995 movie Babe and at Disney World’s Epcot Center.

The Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, one of only six of its kind, is one of the few theater organs still in its original home. The Wurlitzer Balaban III, opus 2123, was custom built for the Plaza Theatre, which opened in 1930. It had 15 ranks (later expanded to 22) and 1,071 pipes. It is capable of producing a wide range of sounds, from conventional instruments to bird whistles. It was sold in 1972 to a Dallas airline pilot, who played it in his home. The El Paso Community Foundation purchased and restored it in 1998, when it was installed at the Sunland Park Mall. It was played regularly by volunteers, from 1998 to 2006, when it was returned to the Plaza Theatre as part of its restoration. It was named for El Paso broadcast pioneer Karl O. Wyler, who was instrumental in the effort to save the organ and restore the theater. It is now used in El Paso Symphony Orchestra concerts, Plaza Theatre tours and the El Paso Community Foundation’s annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.

EPSO presents Opening Notes with resident conductor Andy Moran on Friday, November 20, 2015 and Saturday, November 21, 2015, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre. The pre-concert talks, which are free and open to all, are designed to give concert attendees the inside scoop on the music, composers and artists.

CONCERT TICKETS: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 plus fees $9 and $11 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

This concert is generously sponsored by the Helen Susan Coles. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
Opening Notes: Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: Friday, November 20 & Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Richard Biaggini, Violin
Osvaldo Mendoza Overture to Victory (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Richard Biaggini
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Organ Symphony featuring the Plaza Theatre Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer)

Single ticket prices: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



About the Artist


Aykal Returns for 85th Anniversary Season
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s (EPSO) Emeritus Conductor Gürer Aykal returns to El Paso in October to conduct EPSO during its 85th Anniversary Season. The concerts on October 23 and 24, 2015 led by Aykal will open with Turkish composer Ferit Tüzün’s Soylesi (Conversations) and Sibelius Finlandia, op. 26. Also featured in the first half of the program is the El Paso Brass performing Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Apasionado arranged by J.D. Shaw. Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Kellie Rumba Rattay will conclude the program in the second half.

Aykal served as the Music Director of the EPSO for twelve seasons, from 1992 to 2004. He was named Emeritus Conductor upon his retirement in April 2004. After 9 seasons, he returned to El Paso in April 2013 to conduct the EPSO’s final concerts of the 2012-2013 Season. In March 1995, he led the EPSO on its first European tour, which included performances in some of Germany’s finest concert halls. In June 2000, he joined members of his orchestras, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic for a tour of his native Turkey. Aykal is currently living in Istanbul, Turkey and is the general music director and principal conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. He also continues to guest conduct abroad.

About the Artists: Members of the EL PASO BRASS include founding member of El Paso Brass and El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet player Sam Trimble, EPSO assistant principal trumpet Kenny Capshaw, EPSO principal horn Richard Lambrecht, trombonist Frank Otero and tuba player Jim Shearer. Since 1972, El Paso Brass has been performing with symphony orchestras and wind ensembles in the region and Europe. El Paso Brass performed with EPSO under the baton of Aykal in February 2001 and for EPSO holiday pops concerts led by Laurence Gibson in December 1997. Their three CDs, Happy Holidays, Effervescent Brass and Let It Snow! have been well received by audiences.

Kellie Rumba Rattay will make her debut with EPSO in the soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Kelley received a bachelor of music in vocal performance and a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Ball State University. She completed her graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned a master of music and an artist diploma in vocal performance. She performs a diverse repertoire, ranging from symphonic works and opera, to intimate chamber music and folk song.

EPSO presents Opening Notes with resident conductor Andy Moran on Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015, 6pm in the Philanthropy Theatre. The pre-concert talks, which are free and open to all, are designed to give concert attendees the inside scoop on the music, composers and artists.

CONCERT TICKETS: Season tickets are available through the El Paso Symphony Orchestra office (915) 532-3776. Single ticket prices: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 plus fees $9 and $11 for students. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

This concert is generously sponsored by the Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. Foundation and Mattress Firm. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
Opening Notes: Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015 6:00pm, Philanthropy Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24, 2015, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Gürer Aykal, Emeritus Conductor
El Paso Brass
Kellie Rumba Rattay, Soprano
Ferit Tüzün Söylesi (Conversations)
Sibelius Finlandia, op. 26
Piazzolla (Arr. J.D. Shaw) Tango Apasionado
Mahler Symphony No. 4, G Major

Single ticket prices: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



85th Anniversary Season Opens September 18/19, 2015
“The French Connection
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO), celebrating 85 years and proud to be the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in the state of Texas, will open the 2015-2016 Season on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. Music Director Bohuslav Rattay, currently in his 3rd Season with EPSO, will lead the orchestra in a program that features Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The Rite of Spring may well be the most important and influential work of the 20th century. By 1929 the New York Times proclaimed it as significant to its time “as Beethoven’s Ninth is to the 19th century.” It is said that in one stroke of compositional genius, Stravinsky turned every aspect of compositional creativity on its head and changed the course of musical thought forever.

To celebrate both Classical Music Month (September) and EPSO’s long history of presenting classical music in El Paso, the September concerts are presented in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art’s Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Series supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The program will open with Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and also will feature pianist Veronika Böhmová performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the EPSO.

CONCERT TICKETS: Season tickets are available through the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (915) 532-3776. Season ticket prices (6 classical concerts): $210, $177, $156, $90, $66 plus fees. Discounts for the season tickets are: 20% seniors and active military, 30% educators, 50% students. Single ticket prices: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 plus fees $9 and $11 for students. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

EPSO and the El Paso Museum of Art will jointly present “Art Inspired” pre-concert talks on Friday, September 18, 2015 and Saturday, September 19, 2015, 6pm at the El Paso Museum of Art with Senior Curator Patrick Shaw Cable, Ph.D., Resident Conductor Andy Moran and EPSO Music Director Bohuslav Rattay. The talks are free and open to the public.

In addition, EPSO and the El Paso Museum of Art will host a Lunch & Discussion “The French Connection” on Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12pm at the Museum of Art. Reservations are required for the lunch - (915) 532-3776, cost is $25.

About the Artists: 30-year old Czech pianist Veronika Böhmová has garnered accolades at dozens of Czech and international competitions. She studied with Professor Arkadi Zenziper at the Hochschule des Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, and with Professor Ivan Klánský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Veronika has performed for audiences in the Czech Republic (Prague Spring and Prague Autumn festivals), Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, France, Spain and Italy. She has performed under the direction of conductors Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša and Paul Goodwin. Her accomplishments include 1st prize at the 2012 Rotary Club Nuremburg International Competition, 2nd prize at the 2012 Anton G. Rubinstein Wettbeverb, and 2nd prize at the 2007 Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona and the Anton G. Rubinstein Wettbewerb in Dresden. In spring 2014, Supraphon released her debut album Stravinsky: Le Chant Du Rossignol / Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8.

This concert is generously sponsored by Western Refining. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
Lunch & Discussion “The French Connection: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12pm, El Paso Museum of Art. Cost is $25 and reservations are required at (915) 532-3776.
“Art Inspired” Pre-concert talk: Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19, 2015 6:00pm, El Paso Museum of Art -- free and open to public
Concert: Friday, September 18 & Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Veronika Böhmová, Piano
Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Single ticket prices: $42, $37, $32, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



The Green Cellist
EPSO Celebrates 85 Years
El PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA COMMISSIONS
ARTIST HAL MARCUS TO CREATE COMMEMORATIVE
WORK FOR EPSO’S 85TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
© Hal Marcus 2015 “The Green Cellist “


The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO), celebrating 85 years, is proud to be the longest continuously running symphony in the state of Texas. To commemorate this special occasion, El Paso artist Hal Marcus has created a beautiful work of art called “The Green Cellist.”

The painting will be unveiled August 21, 2015 at EPSO’s 85th Anniversary Gala at the Camino Real Hotel.

Hal drew inspiration from Marc Chagall’s “Green Violinist,” a piece from the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York that will go on exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art in October. Marcus wanted to do something that paid tribute to Chagall for his own El Paso Museum of Art exhibition, Hal Marcus/Lyric Modern that will open September 6 and run through January 24.

“I sent a message to Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor and Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, so we could plant a seed for a painting called ‘The Green Cellist.’ We met and he came up with the idea of connecting a special cello concert for their 2015-2016 season to my painting, which I hadn't even started,” Marcus said. “After attending orchestra rehearsals, I began my drawings. I shared my drawings with Bohuslav; Ruth Ellen Jacobson, EPSO Executive Director; and Patrick Shaw Cable, Senior Curator of the El Paso Museum of Art. This was to be a timely union of the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Marc Chagall and me.”

Once he had the green light to start “The Green Cellist,” Marcus came up with the idea of having a “big green cellist” floating above the symphony “using his supernatural cello and umbrella to rise toward the starlit ceiling of the beautifully restored Plaza Theatre.”

EPSO commissioned the new work to celebrate their 85th anniversary with a commemorative full color fine art print. The original mixed media painting measures 55” x 67” on canvas. “I have seen the finished piece. Hal has created a charming, magical work of art. We feel very honored to be associated with such an inspired work of art by one of El Paso’s most iconic artists,” said Ruth Ellen Jacobson, EPSO’s Executive Director.

The painting will be sold during EPSO’s fourth classical concert of the season on January 22-23, 2016, the Symphony’s annual collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica. Its director, cellist Zuill Bailey, will be the featured soloist, performing a commissioned piece, “The Tales of Hemingway,” by Michael Daugherty.

Proceeds from the work of art and prints will benefit the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Anyone interested in purchasing the painting or a print should contact EPSO at (915) 532-3776.

The 85th anniversary gala on August 21st at the Camino Real Hotel will be a special evening of dining and entertainment by Windborne Music, featuring lead singer Brody Dolyniuk, and the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, which will be celebrating their 10th anniversary season. Tickets for the gala are available for $150 and $185 per person. Tables of 10 are available for $1,500 and $1,850.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.



POP GOES THE FORT
Honoring our Military
EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SALUTES
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF FORT BLISS
WITH 5th ANNUAL “POP GOES THE FORT”
INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT & FIREWORKS

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert celebrating America’s Independence on Saturday, July 4, 2015, 7:30pm at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. EPSO Resident Conductor Andy Moran will lead the El Paso Symphony in a patriotic and pops concert featuring El Pasoan, Candice Reyes and culminating with a spectacular fireworks display in salute of the brave men and women of Fort Bliss and all those who served to protect our country. Biggs Park will be open at 4pm and the festivities will begin at 5:30pm with a Cannon "Salute to the Union.”

“The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is honored to perform for our troops and are thrilled to be invited to continue this wonderful tradition which is now in its 5th year,” said Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association. The program includes patriotic favorites American Salute, America the Beautiful, Liberty for All, and Stars and Stripes Forever; plus Over the Rainbow, and Memory from “Cats” featuring Candice Reyes, Star Wars Medley and more. This concert would not be possible without the financial support of our community who support the El Paso Symphony Orchestra especially Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners II, Mrs. Robert M. Graham, Sr., and The UPS Store.

The El Paso Symphony is working with the Fort Bliss, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to make this event a fun-filled family day for everyone. The MWR will have vendors selling food, drinks and beer. Mark Cauthers, Director of Fort Bliss MWR said "The Fort Bliss Community is very grateful to the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as well as the El Paso community for providing this wonderful opportunity. What better way to celebrate the Independence by giving such a special performance to soldiers, their families and our community."

The concert and activities are free and open to everyone. Easy access to Biggs Park through Biggs gate, simply present valid ID. Lawn chairs are welcome. Pets, alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Food and beer is available for purchase.

RECAP:
Pop Goes the Fort
4:00pm: Gates Open
5:30pm: Cannon Salute to the Union
7:30pm: El Paso Symphony Orchestra with special guest Candice Reyes followed by Fireworks

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.




EPSO Holds Auditions in May
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions on Sunday, May 17, 2015 9am to 5pm at the University of Texas at El Paso Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall for the following positions:

Concertmaster
Section Violin
2nd Oboe/English Horn
Principal Harp

Audition application, requirements and music can be downloaded below. (Use bookmarks to find instrument requirements and repertoire.) Violin solos are under "Auditions PDF Document."

For further information contact El Paso Symphony Personnel Manager LeAnn Isaac at (915) 637-8144. Applications are due by Friday, May 1, 2015.

*****SKYPE auditions available contact LeAnn Isaac for arrangements.*****


Audition Information & Application

Auditions PDF
Repertoire PDF

THE GIFT OF MUSIC!
Support EPSO
There are many ways to support your El Paso Symphony Orchestra this holiday season.

1.) Purchase symphony tickets for loved ones. Enjoy a 10% discount on your holiday purchase of Symphony tickets today. Tickets come ready to bring joy to everyone on your holiday gift list. Choose from the following concerts or give a gift card and let them choose.

WINTER WHIRLWIND January 23, 24, 2015
Cypress String Quartet

THE LANGUAGE OF ROMANCE February 20, 21, 2015
Mauricio Nader, Piano, Verdi & Ravel

FIN-ESSE April 24, 25, 2015
Shostakovich Violin Concerto featuring Anna Vayman and Brahms Symphony No. 3.

OR for the BEATLES fan in your home

Receive $5 off of the purchase of tickets to the CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR A Tribute to the Beatles with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Simply call us at (915) 532-3776 or buy online.

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EPSO is now a community partner of ALBERTSON'S. Download your Albertson's community partners card below and have the cashier scan it every time you shop. Albertson's will donate a portion to EPSO.

3.) The third annual #GivingTuesday is December 2. Donate to the El Paso Symphony Orchestra via our website or call us at (915) 532-3776.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees, Staff and Musicians thank you for all your support and wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!!!!


Albertson's Community Card


El Paso Electric Young People's Concerts
Celebrating 75 Years!
“The Orchestra Moves”
Presented in Partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Concerts
February 4, 5 & 6, 2015
10:30am & 12:30pm, Abraham Chavez Theatre

For 75 years the El Paso Symphony Orchestra has been presenting the Young People’s Concerts free of charge to area 5th graders. The Young People’s Concerts started in 1941 at Liberty Hall under the direction of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s conductor H. Arthur Brown. Since then, approximately 600,000 students have been exposed to their first classical live concert through the Young People’s Concerts.

On February 4, 5 and 6, 2015 10:30am and 12:30pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s “El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts,” led by Andy Moran, will once again welcome over 12,000 5th grade students from El Paso, Canutillo, Fabens and surrounding area. This year’s program, “The Orchestra Moves,” is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) Link Up program. This is the 5th consecutive year the El Paso Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute on these concerts.

Early in the school year 5th grade students throughout the El Paso region were given recorders and curriculum designed by Carnegie Hall or EPSO-supplied educational materials to educate the children about the music, composers, historical period and art associated with each piece. The program culminates with students actively participating at the Young People’s Concerts by playing along with the orchestra on their recorders or violins from their seats. For many students, these performances often serve as their first concert experience, providing them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. Watch Bond Elementary School’s journey to the Young People’s Concerts in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE8zn_sIqQw

Link Up’s national partnerships grew out of the program’s ongoing work with New York City schools, through which Carnegie Hall has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in musical learning since its inception in 1985.
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute provides each site with:
• Link Up curriculum guide and CD for teachers (featuring lessons on singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, reading and notating music, and composing and improvising music)
• Link Up workbook for each student
• Professional development for teachers and orchestra administrators
• Complete concert script, repertoire list, and accompanying visuals
• Access to Carnegie Hall's Online Resource Center with educational materials, including the Link Up Beginnings skills-focused curriculum and audio for teachers and students
• Access to the Link Up Online Community, which connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff, and featured contributors to share ideas, student work, videos, and photos
• Ongoing support and consultation regarding professional development, program implementation, and media/publicity planning.

The El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts, presented free of charge, are made possible through the generous support of the El Paso Electric Company; El Paso Symphony Guild; Apteckar Foundation; Frances R. Axelson; The Cardwell Foundation; Chase Bank, El Paso Independent School District; Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold; Hunt Family Foundation; Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust; Robert E. & Evelyn McKee Foundation; Moor Foundation, Moleen Foundation; Shiloff Family Foundation; Target; Texas Commission on the Arts; Wells Fargo; and Western Refining Company, L.P.

Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve more than 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, as well as 65,000 people around the world through its online and distance learning initiatives.

For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute or call the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at (915) 532-3776. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.




ARABIAN NIGHTS
October Concerts take Inspiration from Ancient Tales & Astronomical Event
Composer Tomasz Golka to be in El Paso for World Premiere

The opening and final works of the upcoming October 24 & 25, 2014 El Paso Symphony Orchestra performances take their inspiration from the ancient tales known as the Thousand and One Nights. Conductor Bohuslav Rattay will open the concerts, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre, with a piece by Canadian raised composer Karim Al-Zand’s The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad. In his description of this work, Al-Zand cites the specific source of the Seventh Voyage of Sindbad in the Thousand and One Nights saga, “The stories of Sindbad the Sailor chronicle the extraordinary exploits of a restless mariner. Each new adventure is more strange and incredible than the last, yet Sindbad always manages to return home unscathed. Sindbad’s seventh voyage is his last, his longest and perhaps his most remarkable journey. This orchestral tone poem evokes a few episodes from Sindbad’s final adventure in a fantasy-like sequence.”

The first half of the program will also feature a world premiere The Transit of Venus by composer Tomasz Golka to be performed by guest violinist Richard Biaggini. Mr. Golka will be in El Paso for the world premiere of his piece, which was inspired by a visit in 2012 to Riverside Park in New York City with his brother Adam to observe the rare astronomical event known as the Transit of Venus, the last one that would happen in our lifetime (the next one will occur in the year 2117.) He writes, “I was always an astronomy nut, but I was particularly moved by this rare event – an opportunity to see our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus, pass directly between us and the sun – and by sheer coincidence the presence in the park of the renowned violinist Gil Shaham with his family to observe the event as well suddenly made me realize that writing a violin piece to commemorate this wonderful astro-milestone was meant to be.”

In addition to The Transit of Venus, violinist Richard Biaggini will perform Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28. Richard Biaggini studied at the Latin Academy of Violin and at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela. At 16 years old, his talent was highlighted and distinguished when he had the honor of being the youngest member of the highest level orchestra in El Sistema. In 1999, he was accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Indiana University. He was the recipient of the First Prize of the Pittsburgh Performing Arts Foundation. Biaggini was also awarded Third Prize at the Fourth Annual Sphinx Competition in 2001. Currently, Biaggini is serving as concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Bogota, Colombia and has a private studio in Bogota and in San Francisco, CA.

The October concerts, generously sponsored by Helen Susan Coles and Mrs. Robert M. Graham, Sr., will conclude with Rimsky-Korsakov’s well-known work based on the Thousand and One Nights legend Scheherazade, op. 35. "...I had in view the creation of an orchestral suite in four movements, closely knit by the community of its themes and motives, yet presenting, as it were, a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images and designs of Oriental character” wrote Rimsky-Korsakov.

Learn more about the program from our resident conductor Andy Moran and conductor Bohuslav Rattay at “Opening Notes” 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre prior to each performance.

TICKETS: Season tickets are available through the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (915) 532-3776. Season ticket prices (6 classical concerts): $201, $171, $150, $87, $63 plus fees. Discounts for the season tickets are: 20% seniors and active military, 30% educators, 50% students. Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15 plus fees $8 and $10 for students. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The El Paso Symphony’s 2014-2015 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
“Opening Notes” Pre-concert talk: Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre @ the Plaza Theatre -- free and open to public
Concert: Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Richard Biaggini, Violin
Karim Al-Zand The Seventh Voyage of Sindband
Tomasz Golka The Transit of Venus
Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, op. 35

Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15; Student prices are $10 and 8 plus applicable fees
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



EPSO Dedicates 84th Season to Marlene & J.O. Stewart, Jr.
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association is honored to dedicate the 84th season of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra to Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. This season marks 25 years that the Stewarts have been supporters and friends of EPSO. Throughout the past 25 years, Marlene and J.O. served on the EPSO board, they have sponsored many events, and have devoted many hours of their time and leadership abilities to ensure that the El Paso Symphony is strong and vibrant.
Kacy Spivack, Chairman of the EPSO Board of Trustees, remarks “The Stewarts have been an inspiration to all Symphony supporters and the Board members who have served through the years. We appreciate their dedication to providing music of excellence to El Paso.”

The 84th Season opens on September 19 & 20, 2014, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. Conductor Bohuslav Rattay will lead the El Paso Symphony in Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun and La Mer. The concerts, which are generously sponsored by The Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. Foundation, will also feature pianist Natasha Paremski in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

“With the support of longtime friends like Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. the El Paso Symphony Orchestra is proudly celebrating 84 years and can still boast that it is Texas’ longest, continuously operating orchestra “ says Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director. “Their support has allowed EPSO to concentrate its efforts on increasing awareness, involvement and passion for music in our culturally rich city.”

Today, EPSO attracts 90,000 annually to its programs, which extend beyond the stage. Every year the El Paso Symphony reaches over 40,000 students through its education and outreach programs, many of which are in the schools.

The oldest of these programs is the El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts. Celebrating 75 years, these concerts have introduced more than 750,000 5th grade students to live classical music in a fun, energetic and interactive environment. In 2011, EPSO partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to bring the Link Up program to El Paso and the Young People’s Concerts. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra was one of 16 organizations from across the United States chosen for this program. Through Link Up and Carnegie Hall’s educational expertise and resources, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra provides El Paso school districts with exceptional repertoire-based curriculum that aligns with national standards. The schools receive curriculum and recorders at the beginning of the school year. The culmination of the year-long program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to sing and play the recorder or violins along with the EPSO’s El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts.

EPSO’s Brass in Class and Strings in Schools programs have been a presence in the classroom for over 25 years. Each year, EPSO chamber ensembles perform dozens of concerts in area schools. These programs work closely with the school administration and teachers to use music to foster learning. In addition, EPSO’s world-renowned guest artists and conductors have made school visits a regular part of the concert series. Some of these sessions have been simulcasted to other school districts as far away as Dallas.

El Paso Symphony recognizes that exposing our youth to live performances is essential to their education. To facilitate this, EPSO provides free tickets to all of its classical performances to students through the Kids Fly Free and Angel Ticket programs.

The largest component of EPSO’s educational mission, and a great source of pride for EPSO, is the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras (EPSYOs). Started in 2005, EPSYOs serves over 350 students annually. EPSYOs is open to all orchestral musicians ages 7 -23. It is a tuition-based program with over 50% of its members receiving financial assistance. No student is turned away. EPSYOs students participate in weekly rehearsals and 4 concerts. Their relationship with EPSO allows its members access to EPSO musicians through coaching, rehearsals and the annual Side-by-Side concert. We are proud to say that 100% of all high school seniors, since the inception of this program, have gone on to attend colleges throughout the United States. EPSYOs continues to add components that serve their members’ musical interests. These components include the Concerto Competition, the Conductor Apprentice Program ̶ inspiring the next generation of conductors ̶ plus the Young Artist Piano Competition, and a week long Summer Camp. EPSYOs is nationally recognized by the NEA (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013).

EPSO’s first after-school program, the Tocando Music Project, presented in partnership with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, launched in September 2013 at Hart Elementary in downtown El Paso. Fashioned after the highly acclaimed El Sistema program in Venezuela, Tocando provides free instruments, four day-a-week musical instruction, and performance opportunities throughout the school year to Hart Elementary students. Tocando helps students build self-confidence and leadership as they use music classes to achieve higher goals and improve scholastic performance.

EPSO acknowledges the rich diversity in our community and its programs reflect it. Started in 2008, the EPSO produced Downtown KidsPalooza is a one-day, fun-filled family event that exposes young families to all of the arts available to them in the heart of our city. Downtown KidsPalooza is the largest arts collaboration in the region.

On the 4th of July, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents, Pop Goes the Fort, a free patriotic concert at Fort Bliss. In recent years, EPSO has programmed concerts with a rock twist like “The Music of Queen” and “The Music of Led Zeppelin.” This coming season, EPSO is honored to partner with the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center to celebrate its 30th anniversary in a very special presentation of Verdi’s Requiem.

“On behalf of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association, I want to thank Marlene and J.O. Stewart for their part in EPSO’s long and rich history.” Ruth Ellen Jacobson Executive Director.

The El Paso Symphony’s 2014-2015 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.




84th Season Opens with a Spash
“FIRST IMPRESSIONS”
French composer Debussy and 26 year-old pianist open
EPSO’s 84th – 2014-2015 Season

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra and music director Bohuslav Rattay open the 2014-2015 season with a splash on September 19 and 20, 2014, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre performing Debussy’s La Mer and Afternoon of a Faun. La Mer is Debussy’s largest and most important orchestra work. It is symphonic in its large sweep, with strong elements uniting the three movements as a single work of art and displays Debussy’s unique approach to melody, harmony and colors. Afternoon of a Faun is inspired by a poem by French poet Stéphane Mallarmé about the mythical faun ̶ half man, half goat ̶ waking from a sleep, sensual and lazy on a summer afternoon, unable to decide whether a visit from the nymphs was a dream or a reality.

Joining EPSO for the opening of its 84th season is pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Born in Moscow, Natasha moved to the United States at the age of 8 and became a US citizen in 1991. She began her piano studies at the age of 4 in Moscow’s Andreyev School of Music. She then studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before moving to New York to study at Mannes College of Music. Natasha made her professional debut at age nine with the El Camino Youth Symphony in California. At age fifteen, she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She was awarded the Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006 at the age of 18, the Prix Montblanc in 2007, the Orpheum Stiftung Prize in Switzerland. In September 2010, she was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year.

Learn more about the program from our resident conductor Andy Moran and conductor Bohuslav Rattay at “Opening Notes” 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre prior to each performance.

TICKETS: Season tickets are available through the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (915) 532-3776. Season ticket prices (6 classical concerts): $201, $171, $150, $87, $63 plus fees. Discounts for the season tickets are: 20% seniors and active military, 30% educators, 50% students. Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15 plus fees $8 and $10 for students. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra wishes to acknowledge September concert sponsors the Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. Foundation and dedicate the 2014-2014 Season to Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. for 25 years of dedication, devotion and support of EPSO. The El Paso Symphony’s 2014-2015 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
“Opening Notes” Pre-concert talk: Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre @ the Plaza Theatre -- free and open to public
Concert: Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Natasha Paremski, Piano
Debussy Afternoon of a Faun
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Debussy La Mer
Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15; Student prices are $10 and 8 plus applicable fees
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



ADVERTISE IN THE EPSO PLAYBILL
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• The playbill is printed in the fall and in the spring -- offering advertisers the opportunity to change their message at no additional cost.

In addition, advertisers make it possible for the El Paso Symphony to fulfill its educational and outreach function within our community. Throughout each season, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra engages over 42,000 area children through its varied programs offering many their first experience of a live symphonic concert.

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EPSO performs The Music of Pink Floyd
THE EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMS
“THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD: A ROCK SYMPHONY”

SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014 8PM AT THE PLAZA THEATRE

Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra performs The Music of Pink Floyd at the Plaza Theatre on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8pm. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s fabulous vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Pink Floyd’s ethereal flow of music and effects while churning out new musical colors.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Available through the Plaza Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra office (915) 532-3776, on line at www.epso.org. Tickets prices are $30, $45, $60 or $75 plus applicable fees.

“My concept for The Music of Pink Floyd was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what the original group had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon. The band is reproducing what Pink Floyd did on the albums, as closely as possible, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of depth.”

Delivering vocals out front, singer Randy Jackson (lead singer of the rock band Zebra), acts as a window between the audience and reworked material. “The music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the spirit of the original singers,” says Havens.

The 2-plus hour concert features 17 Pink Floyd tunes, including Money, Learning to Fly, Comfortably Numb and selections from The Wall.

The symphonic rock hybrid has met with approval on both sides of the podium.

“When we first came on stage, the audience gave us polite, almost classical applause,” says Havens. “Then we hit the first note and they realized it was a rock show.”

Classical musicians also enjoy the change of pace. “This is music that these musicians grew up with just as we did,” says Havens. “I see them singing along with a number of the songs as we’re playing them.”




EPSO performs Carmina Burana!
EPSO PERFORMS “CARMINA BURANA”

EPSO’s music director, Bohuslav Rattay, has chosen probably the best-known 20th century piece for his first choral work to be performed in his freshman season with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. On February 21 and 22, 2014, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra led by Bohuslav Rattay, and joined by over 170 choral members, will perform the spectacle “Carmina Burana” written by composer Carl Orff. Soprano Andrea Edith Moore, tenor Eric Hanson and baritone Ryan De Ryke will lend their voices, along with over 130 choral members from UTEP’s Choral Union and Concert Chorale, directed by Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson, and another 40 members of the Youth Opera of El Paso, directed by Kimberley Wolfenbarger-Nakamato, to this enormous piece.

Carmina Burana is based on a collection of 200 poems found in Bavaria written in about the 12th century by students. The work is divided into three parts: Spring, In the Tavern and Love, opening with the stunning and well-known O’ Fortuna which has become a staple in popular culture. O’Fortuna has been used to sell aftershave and cars on television, in film such as The Matrix Revolution (2003), Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Speed (1984). It has been heard in television series such as Glee, The King of Queens and The Simpsons, and is also used by the Washington Redskins as the players enter the stadium.

Concert Ticket price are $40, $35, $30, $20, $15 plus fees and $8 and $10 for students plus fees. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The El Paso Symphony’s 2013-2014 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The February concerts are sponsored by Helen of Troy and the Montes Family. Soloists generously underwritten by Mrs. Wilma Salzman.

RECAP:
“Opening Notes” Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre @ the Plaza Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: February 21/22, 2014 “Carmina!”, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Orff Carmina Burana
Featuring:
Soprano Andrea Edith Moore
Tenor Eric Hanson
Baritone Ryan de Ryke
UTEP Choral Union and Concert Chorale
Youth Opera of El Paso
Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15; Student prices are $10 and 8 plus applicable fees
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



The Orchestra Rocks
El Paso Electric Young People's Concerts
For 74 years, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra has been presenting the Young People’s Concerts free of charge to area 5th graders. On January 29, 30 and 31, 10:30am and 12:30pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s “El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts,” led by Andy Moran, will once again welcome over 12,000, 5th grade students from El Paso, Canutillo, Fabens and surrounding area. This year’s program, “The Orchestra Rocks,” is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) Link Up program. This is the 4th consecutive year the El Paso Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute on these concerts.

Early in the school year 5th grade students throughout the El Paso region were given recorders and curriculum designed by Carnegie Hall or EPSO-supplied educational materials to educate the children about the music, composers, historical period and art associated with each piece. The program culminates with students actively participating at the Young People’s Concerts by playing along with the orchestra on their recorders or violins from their seats. For many students, these performances often serve as their first concert experience, providing them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. Watch Bond Elementary School’s journey to the Young People’s Concerts in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE8zn_sIqQw
Link Up’s national partnerships grew out of the program’s ongoing work with New York City schools, through which Carnegie Hall has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in musical learning since its inception in 1985.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute provides each site with:
• Link Up curriculum guide and CD for teachers (featuring lessons on singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, reading and notating music, and composing and improvising music)
• Link Up workbook for each student
• Professional development for teachers and orchestra administrators
• Complete concert script, repertoire list, and accompanying visuals
• Access to Carnegie Hall's Online Resource Center with educational materials, including the Link Up Beginnings skills-focused curriculum and audio for teachers and students
• Access to the Link Up Online Community, which connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff, and featured contributors to share ideas, student work, videos, and photos
• Ongoing support and consultation regarding professional development, program implementation, and media/publicity planning.

The El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts, currently in their 74th season and presented free of charge, are made possible through the generous support of the El Paso Electric Company; El Paso Symphony Guild; Apteckar Foundation; Frances R. Axelson; The Cardwell Foundation; Chase Bank, El Paso Independent School District; Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold; Walter H. Hightower Foundation; Hunt Family Foundation; Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust; Robert E. & Evelyn McKee Foundation; Moor Foundation, Moleen Foundation; J. Edward & Helen M.C. Stern Foundation; Shiloff Family Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Wells Fargo; WestStar Bank; and Western Refining Company, L.P.

Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve more than 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, as well as 65,000 people around the world through its online and distance learning initiatives.

For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute or call the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at (915) 532-3776. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


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From the Conductor
Bohuslav on this weekend's program
The upcoming November El Paso Symphony Orchestra Concert is full of drama, flavor, and refinement. The concert comes to life as we hear the robust sounds of the orchestra play Verdi’s overture to his opera “La forza del destino.” Premiered in St. Petersburg 151 years ago on November 22, 1862, the overture is a serious reminder of destiny, and the age-old philosophical questions aroused by the subject.

The drama of Verdi is enhanced with Latin flavor as the second piece of the concert is enlivened. “Aconcagua,” by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, is a concerto for Bandoneon, an instrument similar to the accordion. The “Aconcagua” concerto is named after the highest mountain in the Americas, located in Argentina among the Andes mountain range. Peter Soave, a world-class Bandoneon player that has graced the stages of concert halls across the globe, will play the concerto. The richness contained in this unique musical gem is sure to leave you invigorated and inspired.

The German composer Felix Mendelssohn provides the finale of the concert with the music of his Symphony No.4. Mendelssohn made the sketches for this symphony while traveling through Italy, and it is for this reason, that it is best known as the “Italian Symphony.” Premiered in 1833, the music is a wonderful German-Italian blend with hopeful promise for sensitivity.
On behalf of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, we look forward to sharing a musically-diverse evening together, communicating through our ever-special language of music.

Bohuslav Rattay

November 22 and 23, 2013, 7:30pm
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Peter Soave, Bandoneon
Verdi: Overture, La Forza Del Destino
Piazzolla: Aconcagua, Concerto for Bandoneon
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"
Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15; Student prices are $10 and 8 plus applicable fees
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



La Danza Clasica
Verdi, Piazzolla and Mendelssohn
On November 22 and 23, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre Bohuslav Rattay and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra bring us “La Danza Clasica” featuring bandoneon player Peter Soave performing Piazzolla’s Aconcagua, Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra, with its distinctive tango rhythms. The bandoneon has an essential role in the tango orchestra and has become the symbol of tango. Its beauty is in its power, providing a somber and sensual sound. Composer Astor Piazzolla, a bandoneon soloist himself, is indelibly associated with the Argentine Tango and the leading exponent of the bandoneon in the 20th century. He brought to the tango a much more varied harmonic and rhythmic palate than it had previously had.

Sponsored by Helen Susan Coles and BBVA Compass, the November 22nd and 23rd concerts open with Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture and close with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” which incorporates saltarello, a leaping Italian folk dance, and elements of a tarantella, a devilishly fast dance from southern Italy.

CONCERT SOLOIST: Peter Soave is recognized worldwide as the foremost master of the bandoneon and concert accordion. Of Italian descent, Soave’s earliest memories are of music played on an accordion. He began music studies at age five, and quickly gravitated towards classical music. At sixteen, he entered international competitions and swept first place four times, confirming his reputation as a virtuoso: Grand Prix in Neu Isenberg, West Germany; Klingenthal Wettbewerb in East Germany; Coupe Mondiale in Folkstone, England; and the Trophée Mondiale in Arrezano, Italy. In 1987, Peter Soave was the inaugural recipient of “Voce d’Oro,” the international award honoring those who have given prominence to the accordion in the world of modern music. Deeply inspired by the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Mr. Soave’s impassioned musicianship motivated him to include the characteristic bandoneon in his performances. Mr. Soave plays a “Mythos #002” concert accordion and an “Adrian #001” bandoneon, made by Pigini in Italy.

OPENING NOTES: Resident Conductor Andy Moran will lead a discussion of the evening’s program 6:30 p.m. prior to both performances in the Philanthropy Theatre.

CONCERT TICKETS: Single ticket prices are $40, $35, $30, $20, $15 plus fees and $8 and $10 for students plus fees. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The El Paso Symphony’s 2013-2014 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. T

RECAP:
“Opening Notes” Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre @ the Plaza Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: November 22/23, 2013 “La Danza Clasica” 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Peter Soave, Bandoneon
Verdi La Forza del Destino, Overture
Piazzolla Aconcagua; Concerto for Bandoneon
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, op. 90, A major “Italian”
Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15; Student prices are $10 and 8 plus applicable fees
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com


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“AMERICAN ROMANCE” PERFORMANCE
October 18/19
SYMPHONY’S 83RD SEASON CONTINUES OCTOBER 18/19
“AMERICAN ROMANCE” PERFORMANCE

Violinist Giora Schimdt will join the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bohuslav Rattay for the 2nd performances of the El Paso Symphony’s 83rd season on October 18 and 19, 2013, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. The program featuring American composers Samuel Barber and Howard Hanson is presented to coincide with the El Paso Museum of Art’s “Discovering the American Modern 1907-1936: The King Collection” art exhibit.

Smetana’s Vltava “The Moldau,” one of six tone poems from a cycle entitled Ma Vlast (My Fatherland) and depicts the river which flows through Prague, will open the program; followed by Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, op. 14 featuring Giora Schmidt on violin; and will conclude in the second half with Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, op. 30 “Romantic.”

The El Paso Symphony and the El Paso Museum of Art will collaborate on several events that will focus on Art and Music during the early 1900’s:

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 12:00pm at the El Paso Museum of Art, “What’s Modern About Modern Art” a lunch and discussion with EPSO Music Director Bohuslav Rattay and El Paso Museum of Art Director Michael Tomor. The cost of the event is $30. RSVP’s are required – for reservations call (915) 532-3776.

The El Paso Symphony’s usual pre-concert talk will be held on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the El Paso Museum of Art. The event will begin with cocktails at 6:00pm and follow with a pre-concert discussion “American Modern, Art & Music” with EPSO Music Director Bohuslav Rattay and El Paso Museum of Art Director Michael Tomor at 6:30pm. (No reservations are required for cocktails and pre-concert discussion… free and open to the public.)

CONCERT SOLOIST: Born in Philadelphia in 1983 to professional musicians from Israel, Giora Schmidt began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied with Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, Giora was on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the Perlman Music Program from 2005-2009. Giora was the First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition in 2000, the recipient of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2005 won the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award. From 2004-2006 Giora was a Starling Fellow at the Juilliard School.

CONCERT TICKETS: Single ticket prices are $40, $35, $30, $20, $15 plus fees and $8 and $10 for students plus fees. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The El Paso Symphony’s 2013-2014 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The October 18 and 19 classical concerts are generously sponsored by Mrs. Robert M. Graham, Sr. and the El Paso Community Foundation.

RECAP:
Concerts: Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:30pm, Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Giora Schmidt, Violin
Smetana Vltava “The Moldau”
Barber Violin Concerto, op. 14
Howard Hanson Symphony No. 2, op. 30 “Romantic”
Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15; Student prices are $10 and 8 plus applicable fees
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com

“What’s Modern About Modern Art” Lunch and Discussion
Thursday, October 17, 2013 12pm El Paso Museum of Art
Cost is $30, reservations required (915) 532-3776

“American Modern, Art & Music” Pre-concert Discussion
Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18, 2013, El Paso Museum of Art
6:00pm Cocktails, 6:30pm Pre-concert Discussion



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TOCANDO Launches September 30
EPSO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM TOCANDO
LAUNCHES MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

EPSO’s newest outreach initiative, Tocando will launch Monday, September 30, 2013. 40 students from Hart Elementary, in the Segundo Barrio, ranging from 1st through 4th grade will participate in the pilot program. Tocando is an after-school community music project that will provide music learning and performing opportunities to low-income children as a vehicle for children to acquire valuable tools of teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and academic success. The students will participate from Monday through Thursday from 3:15pm to 5:30pm through-out the school year. Each day the students will receive a healthy snack, high-quality music ensemble instruction in percussion, musicianship, and choir, and academic tutoring free of cost to students.

TEACHING STAFF:
Kellie Rumba, Choir/Musicianship Teaching Artist
Kellie Rumba is originally from West Lafayette, Indiana. Music has always been an important part of her life, using it since her childhood as a means of personal expression and enjoyment. While attending college at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, she received Bachelor degrees in Spanish as well as Vocal Performance, and had the unique opportunities to study the Spanish language in Valdivia, Chile, and Spanish and Latin-American song in Madrid, Spain. She received her master degree and Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, graduating in 2012. Currently, Kellie performs a wide variety of music, ranging from folk-song to opera. Finding her new home to be El Paso, TX, she rejoices in the awesome opportunities presented in Tocando, as well as throughout the El Paso community.

Amalia Castro, Choir/Musicianship Teaching Artist
Amalia Castro was raised singing and farming in La Union, New Mexico where she began to play the clarinet at age 12. Soon she was recruited to the Santa Teresa High School mariachi group, where she began to explore her vocal/performance capacities. Castro went on to New Mexico State University where she focused on musical education. During that time, Castro picked up the trumpet and soon joined the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, based out of Denver, Colorado, where she marched two years. Castro landed in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently studying History with a minor in commercial music, clarinet studies, and Brazilian culture studies. Castro has been performing since 1996, and has made it her goal as a professional musician to play as many different genres as possible to include Klezmer, Balkan, Cumbia, Gypsy jazz, corridos, mariachi, Arabic compositions, and classical compositions. Castro has participated in and created her own performing groups to include La Caravana, Fabulaa, Oussa Bossa, Frontera Bugalu, Fuga!, Sonido Cachimbo, Ribo Flavin, and Layali Al Sham. Castro has worked nationally and internationally with a wide variety of artists and also works with youth to access the arts industry by providing free workshops and music lessons.

Yulier Bonet, Percussion Teaching Artist
Yulier Bonet was born on June 4, 1988 in Las Tunas, Cuba. From an early age he began his music studies at the Vocational School of Art. Music is like oxygen for his life, he has shared the stage with several latino music personalities like "Elio Reve y su Charangon," "Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco," "Camp Kirkland," and other great performers. He plays piano, drums, congas and timbales. He holds a degree in percussion studies from Centro de Superacion Para La Cultura Francisco Munoz Rubalcaba in Las Tunas, Cuba and a degree in piano studies from the Conservatorio De Musica Esteban Salas in Santiago De Cuba, Cuba.

Karen Peters, Program Coordinator
Karen is a cellist who was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Karen studied under Daniel Rothmuller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and went on to earn a B.A. in Literature and Cello Performance from Oberlin College. After several years of teaching English in South America and working at Immigrant Rights Organizations, Karen came to El Paso to work at Annunciation House, a homeless shelter in downtown for migrants and refugees. Karen is now the program coordinator of Tocando, which combines her two passions, music and social justice. She continues to remain close to her community by volunteering at Annunciation House weekly and regularly performs in a folk band on cello.

Andy Moran, EPSYOs Music Director & EPSO Resident Conductor
Texas native Andy Moran is currently the resident conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Since being appointed to this position in 2009, he has overseen all Pops, Family, and Educational Outreach programs and served as the music director and general manager of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. Prior to his work in El Paso, Moran served as associate instructor in the Instrumental Conducting department for Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He received a graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Horn Performance.

PROGRAM INSPIRATION: The EPSO’s community music project takes its inspiration from the Venezuelan social initiative, El Sistema (“the System”). In 1975, economist and musician José Antonio Abreu organized an orchestra of 11 children in a parking garage, in response to a lack of Venezuelan representation in foreigner-populated orchestras. This first rehearsal marked the beginning of El Sistema, now a network of youth orchestras that reaches deep into the barrios and marginalized groups in society, engaging low-income children in an intensive and long-term youth development program. El Sistema’s focus is on enacting social change through music. Young musicians play in orchestras throughout their childhood and adolescent years, always with the philosophy of teaching younger and more inexperienced students. Over the last five years, El Sistema, which now serves over 300,000 people in Venezuela each year, has inspired similar programs all over the world as an innovative model for providing equal opportunities to all children through intense and immersive music education.

INSTRUMENT DONATIONS: The EPSO is still accepting band and/or orchestra instrument donations for the Tocando program. As Tocando is a free program to all participating students, donations of instruments will be critical to its success.

For further information contact Karen Peters at (915) 525-8978 or kpeters@epsyos.org.



2013-2014 Season Announcement
El Paso's Kind of Classical
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s (EPSO) newly appointed music director, the 7th in its 83 year history, Bohuslav Rattay, returns to El Paso this week to move into his new home, get acclimated to his new surroundings, and prepare for the El Paso Symphony’s 2013-2014 season. He has planned a tremendous season for his first year, which includes collaborations with the El Paso Museum of Art, the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Pro-Musica.

The 2013-2014 season open on September 20 and 21, 2013, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre with pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the 2013 Gold Medal Winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Appropriately titled “Heart of Gold” this concert also features another Tchaikovsky favorite Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique.” Vadym Kholodenko will also perform in recital at a special fundraiser for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra for an intimate group at the home of Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts that includes lunch on Saturday, September 20, 2013, 12pm.

On October 18th and 19th, Bohuslav and Michael Tomor, director of the El Paso Museum of Art, will team up for a pre-concert discussion on American Modern, Art & Music at 6:30pm at the El Paso Museum of Art. The discussion will be preceded by cocktails 6pm at the Museum of Art. The symphony concerts will follow at 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre with music by American composers Barber (Violin Concert featuring Giora Schmidt) and Howard Hanson (Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”).

In November, Bohuslav brings us “La Danza Clasica” featuring bandoneon player Peter Soave performing Piazzolla’s Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra, Aconcagua with its distinctive tango rhythms. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” which incorporates saltarello — a leaping Italian folk dance — and elements of a tarantella, a devilishly fast dance from southern Italy.

El Paso Pro-Musica’s music director and concert cellist Zuill Bailey and violinist Kurt Nikkanen will join Bohuslav and the symphony on the stage on January 24 and 25, 2014 for the 9th annual collaboration between the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Pro-Musica’s Chamber Music Festival.

After 15 years, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra will once again perform Carl Orff’s popular choral work Carmina Burana on February 21 and 22. This time, though, on the Plaza Theatre stage. Considered a spectacle work, the Symphony will be joined by UTEP’s Choral Union and Concert Chorale, Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson, conductor plus outstanding guest singers from the El Paso/Juarez region, a children’s choir and dancers.

Bohuslav has plans to “Raise the Roof” for the season finale April 25 and 26 which features timpanist Andrew Spencer performing GRAMMY Award winning composer Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof. Daugherty is an American composer, pianist, and teacher. He is influenced by popular culture, Romanticism, and Postmodernism, and is one of the most widely performed American concert music composers of his generation. Daugherty's notable works include his Superman comic book-inspired Metropolis Symphony for Orchestra.

Bohuslav Rattay has planned an ambitious season is ready to lead EPSO and El Paso's growing arts community confidently into a promising future. Attached is a complete listing of the 2013-2014 classical series and special events.

SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE EL PASO SYMPHONY OFFICE (915) 532-3776
Season ticket prices (6 classical concerts): $201, $171, $150, $87, $63 plus fees
Discounts: 20% Seniors and Active Military, 30% Educators, 50% Students
Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15 plus fees $8 and $10 for students

ABOUT BOHUSLAV RATTAY:
After a two-year search, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra has a new Music Director, Bohuslav Rattay. A native of the Czech Republic, 41 year-old Bohuslav Rattay is a busy ambassador for classical music, working with orchestras across the globe to produce symphonic works of all kinds for a diverse audience. EPSO’s newly appointed Music Director also serves as Music Director for the Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. Bohuslav combines impassioned and virtuosic musicianship with a determination to bring great music into the lives of all people. He brings to El Paso 31 years of musical training that began with playing the bassoon at age 10, he studied at the Prague Conservatory for 6 years, played in an orchestra for 15 years, and holds degrees from Rice University in Houston and the Peabody Institute of Music in Balitmore. He is also a pretty good baritone singer! He made a living by singing when he first moved to the United States in 1993.

Bohuslav was born into a musical family in Prague. His father played trombone, his grandfather played violin and his uncle is a concert cellist and a member of a famous string quartet. Bohuslav knows music but he also loves to cook, sail, hike, ride his motorcycle and travel.

Bohuslav made his first appearance as EPSO’s official music director at the 4th of July concert at Biggs Field in front of a crowd of over 12,000, many of whom were the brave men and women who proudly serve our country.


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EPSO saddened by loss of Edward Schwartz
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association is greatly saddened by the death of one of El Paso’s wonderful citizens, Edward F. Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz served on the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Trustees for many years and served as Chairman of the Board from 1973 to 1976. He continued to support the El Paso Symphony Orchestra throughout his life. We are thankful for all his generosity, leadership and impact to our organization.

Our condolences go out to his wife Evelyn, daughter Jane Snow, son-in-law Bob Snow and his family.

---El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association



We Found The One!
Bohuslav Rattay named Music Director
El Paso Symphony Orchestra Announces Bohuslav Rattay as New Conductor!

Two-Season Search Concludes with Popular Czech Conductor Selected.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) is pleased to announce that Bohuslav Rattay has accepted the position of conductor, beginning in the 2013-2014 season. After a two-season search with hundreds of candidates considered and nine visiting conductors, the announcement comes with great excitement and anticipation.

“We are thrilled to have Bohuslav, whom we are now fondly referring to as ‘Bo,’ join the El Paso Symphony Orchestra,” said Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of EPSO. “El Paso is undergoing so many new and exciting developments, and we know Bo is the right leader to move our symphony forward with our evolving community.”

Bohuslav Rattay was one of nine candidates invited to serve as a guest conductor during the “Is He the One?” campaign. The guest conductor candidates were selected from hundreds of applicants and sought-out conductors from around the world. The effort was spearheaded by a Search Committee, comprised of five EPSO board members paired with five orchestra musicians, elected by their fellow orchestra members. The Search Committee evaluated several factors in their decision and ultimate recommendation to the EPSO board to extend an offer to Rattay, including surveys taken from orchestra members and symphony patrons.

“Every candidate that visited El Paso and guest-conducted would have been an excellent choice,” said Debbie Hand, Chairman of the Search Committee and a long-time member of the EPSO board. “We ultimately selected Bo because he had everything we were seeking, and beyond. He had immediate and easy rapport with our musicians, and was very well liked by our patrons. He demonstrated a unique affinity with the El Paso community, and expressed an inspiring, forward-thinking vision for the symphony’s future.”

Rattay guest conducted the EPSO’s performance of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in October 2012. Like his fellow guest conductors, he spent the week meeting and rehearsing with the orchestra, socializing with board members and patrons, and getting to know the El Paso community.

“I fell in love with El Paso immediately,” said Rattay. “I am a hiker and I love the outdoors, and was awe-struck by the majesty of your mountains and the desert landscape. And the people could not be more interesting or rich in history and culture. I felt the same chemistry with El Paso that the Search Committee found in me. For that reason I plan to make El Paso my home.”

“It is not a request or a requirement of our conductors to move here – Bo decided that on his own when we offered him the position,” said Hand. “We feel that commitment further demonstrates the natural connection we sensed during his visit. The way he interacted and responded to the orchestra was also remarkable. He has everything we could ask for when it comes to schooling and experience, but that level of easy and natural fellowship does not come from training.”

“Bo is the type of person that will come out and mingle with patrons during intermission. Not because it’s good public relations, but because he likes people, and wants to hear what they have to say,” said Hand. “He has some really funny quirks. For example, he likes to wear bright, colorful shoes, like his own trademark. He is so personable and friendly – we know the El Paso community will truly enjoy him.”

“The orchestra musicians overwhelmingly responded positively to Bo’s conducting style,” said Laurence Gibson, EPSO Concertmaster and member of the search committee. “We felt he could bring out the best performance from each of us, and we are collectively excited to see where he will take us.”

“Bo was immediately attuned to striking the delicate balance between appealing to our loyal patrons with an appreciation for traditional classical music, and attracting new patrons who enjoy more modern interpretations, audio-visual accompaniments, and other creative details,” added Jacobson. “It is rare to find a conductor that understands and appreciates that unique demographic quality that makes El Paso so special.”

Bohuslav Rattay holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory, Rice University and the Peabody Institute of Music. He began his musical career playing the bassoon, and is also an impressive baritone – a talent that drives him to often include choral accompaniment in his programs. He is currently serving second year as Music Director of the Lake Charles Symphony in Louisiana, and his first year as Music Director of the Midland Symphony Orchestra in Midland, Michigan.

Rattay has been hailed for having fresh and inspired interpretations of works ranging from perennial concert-hall favorites to the contemporary. Patrons have complimented his programming as unique and innovative, incorporating everything from special audience discussions to the inclusion of multi-media elements. Critics from around the world have observed Rattay as “vigorous and savvy,” “excited, fiery, and always lively,” and congratulate his “zest and elegant panache,” and for “making the music very accessible to all.”

Bohuslav Rattay will be visiting El Paso May 6-12. The EPSO will host a reception that is open to the public to come and meet our new conductor. The reception will take place on Tuesday, May 7 from 5-7 pm, Alcantar Sky Garden, Plaza Theatre. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine and visit with Rattay. Rattay will also be making a guest appearance at the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra’s performance on May 11, 7pm at the Plaza Theatre.

“I am honored and so very excited to be a part of El Paso Symphony Orchestra. I know together we will make beautiful music that everyone will enjoy, in a place that is like nowhere else,” added Rattay.

NOTE: The media is invited to attend the reception on Tuesday, May 7. Rattay will also be available for in-person interview during his visit. He can also be interviewed by phone as needed. Please contact Rosemary Flores at rosemary@epso.org or(915) 532-3776 with inquiries.



EPSO Performs at Juarez Sculpture Dedication
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform at the inauguration of Juarez' newest icon, an enormous red X that sits near the Rio Grande, on May 24 in a celebration expected to be as huge as the structure itself. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will be lead by Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra with guests Natalia LaFourcade, Ely Guerra and Denise Gutierrez. The concert will be held on Friday, May 24, 8pm at Plaza De La X en el Chamizal.



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6th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza
Family Art & Music Festival
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Children's Hospital are pleased to present the 6th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 10:30am to 5:00pm. Downtown KidsPalooza is an all-day family event organized by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra with the support of our FAMILY FUN PARNTERS. Downtown area arts organizations join forces to present a day of fun for families with free transportation to a variety of stops throughout the downtown area.

This year’s event will kick-off with the Epilepsy Foundation annual 1-mile stroll at Cleveland Square Park. Walkaround Elmo from Sesame Street will make a special appearance at Arts Festival Plaza. The El Paso Symphony will present two concerts (12pm & 2pm) of “The Enchanted Forest” at the Plaza Theatre. Entertainment and fun activities are scheduled all over the downtown El Paso Arts District from Cleveland Square Park to the Union Depot. Over 80% of the events are free of charge and all other events charge a minimal fee no more than $5. Nowhere in El Paso can children experience so many various and rich programming in an all-day event involving all of the downtown arts and cultural organizations. Children are engaged at each venue with programming created especially for them and their families. (See attached schedule for all the details.) In addition, the El Paso Symphony is working with Fort Bliss to bring in families and their children and working with the USO to bring in Wounded Warriors and their families to the event. The goal is to provide free concert tickets to these families.

Downtown KidsPalooza Partners:
• El Paso Symphony Orchestra
• El Paso Children’s Hospital
• City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
• City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department
• El Paso KidsExcel
• El Paso Public Library
• El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Centers
• El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center
• El Paso Museum of Art
• El Paso Museum of History
• El Paso Zoological Society
• Kids-N-Co.
• El Paso Exploreum
• Magoffin Home Stage Historic Site
• OLO Gallery, home of Creative Kids
• Railroad & Transportation Museum of El Paso
• El Paso Latinitas
• Sun Metro
• USO
• Fort Bliss: FMWR

See attached schedule for all other events and details. Downtown KidsPalooza is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the arts, and is generously sponsored by El Paso Children’s Hospital, The Cardwell Foundation, Hunt Family Foundation, Western Refining, Village Inn, Applebee’s, Corner Bakery Café, Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company, El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, Guerra Investment Advisors, Price’s Creameries, El Paso Times, KCOS 13, KISS FM, KLAQ,andKROD 600.



Downtown KidsPalooza Schedule


The Orchestra Sings
El Paso Electric Young People's Concerts
El Paso Symphony Orchestra “El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts”
Presents in Partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Concerts

“The Orchestra Sings”
February 6, 7 and 8, 2013
10:30am & 12:30pm, Abraham Chavez Theatre

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s “El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts,” led by Andy Moran, will be performed on February 6, 7 & 8, 2013, 10:30am and 12:30pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Over 12,000 5th grade students from El Paso and the surrounding area are expected to attend the concerts featuring, for the third year, the Link Up program in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI).

Early in the school year 5th grade students throughout the El Paso region will be given recorders and curriculum designed by Carnegie Hall or EPSO-supplied educational materials to educate the children about the music, composers, historical period and art associated with each piece. The program culminates with students actively participating at the Young People’s Concerts by playing along with the orchestra on their recorders or violins from their seats. For many students, these performances often serve as their first concert experience, providing them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. Watch Bond Elementary School’s journey to the Young People’s Concerts in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE8zn_sIqQw.

Link Up’s national partnerships grew out of the program’s ongoing work with New York City schools, through which Carnegie Hall has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in musical learning since its inception in 1985.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute provides each site with:
• Link Up curriculum guide and CD for teachers (featuring lessons on singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, reading and notating music, and composing and improvising music)
• Link Up workbook for each student
• Professional development for teachers and orchestra administrators
• Complete concert script, repertoire list, and accompanying visuals
• Access to Carnegie Hall's Online Resource Center with educational materials, including the Link Up Beginnings skills-focused curriculum and audio for teachers and students
• Access to the Link Up Online Community, which connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff, and featured contributors to share ideas, student work, videos, and photos
• Ongoing support and consultation regarding professional development, program implementation, and media/publicity planning.

The El Paso Electric Young People’s Concerts, currently in their 73rd season and presented free of charge, are made possible through the generous support of the El Paso Electric Company; El Paso Symphony Guild; Apteckar Foundation; Frances R. Axelson; The Cardwell Foundation; Chase Bank, El Paso Independent School District; Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold; Walter H. Hightower Foundation; Hunt Family Foundation; Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust; Robert E. & Evelyn McKee Foundation; Moor Foundation, Moleen Foundation; J. Edward & Helen M.C. Stern Foundation; Shiloff Family Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Wells Fargo; WestStar Bank; and Western Refining Company, L.P.

Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve more than 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, as well as 65,000 people around the world through its online and distance learning initiatives.

For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute or call the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at (915) 532-3776. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


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A Tribute to the Beatles
Classical Mystery Tour
Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. What would that have sounded like? Find out for yourself when Classical Mystery Tour performs live in concert – Saturday, August 25, 2012, 8pm at the Plaza Theatre.

The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged "I Am the Walrus." From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you've never heard them: totally live with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Lonnie Klein, guest conductor.

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; John Brosnan (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman, who transcribed the musical scores note for note from Beatles recordings, conducts many of the Classical Mystery Tour concerts.

From the recent success of The Beatles Rock Band to the release of the re-mastered Beatles albums, the demand for Beatles material is greater than ever. Many Beatles fans never had the opportunity to experience a live Beatles show; Classical Mystery Tour offers that live experience in the comfort of a concert hall.

The Los Angeles Times called the show "more than just an incredible simulation...the swelling strings and soaring French horn lines gave Saturday's live performance a high goose-bump quotient...the crowd stood and bellowed for more."

Experience the excitement of Classical Mystery Tour—coming to El Paso, Saturday, August 25, 2012, 8pm at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are on sale now - $30, $45, $60 and $75 plus applicable fees. Call the El Paso Symphony office (915) 532-3776 or buy online at epso.org or ticketmaster.com.

About the Artist:
Jim Owen (John Lennon) (Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Vocals)
Jim Owen was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. He gained rich musical experience from his father who played music from the classics for him on the piano and from his extensive library of recordings by the great classical artists. Owen began studying piano at 6 and won honors in various piano performance competitions through his teenage years. He was 8 years-old when he first heard The Beatles and promptly decided to take up the study of the guitar. His first professional performance as a Beatle was at 16. Then, at age 18 he began touring internationally with various productions of Beatlemania, visiting Japan, Korea, China, Canada, Mexico, and much of South America. In 1996, Owen began working on his idea for a new show with orchestra. It has long been his dream to share with the public live performances of some of the greatest music ever written and recorded. Classical Mystery Tour is the result. Most recently, Jim became associate producer of the dance musical Shag With a Twist, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2005, and is debuting in Las Vegas July, 2006.

Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) (Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals)
Singer-songwriter Tony Kishman was born in Tucson, Arizona where he began his musical career in the early 1970s. Although he had been playing guitar for a number of years, it was not until age 19 that Tony started performing seriously. Kishman's early influences included Wishbone Ash, Bad Company and Peter Frampton. Between 1973 and 1978, he played guitar in the group Cheap Trix, a cover band performing Top 40 as well as originals. Starting in 1979, Kishman played bass and guitar for six years as Paul McCartney in both the national and international tours of Beatlemania. He then went on to perform in Legends in Concert and produced shows that ran in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. He joined the classic supergroup Wishbone Ash for a tour of Europe and the recording of the group's 18th album.

John Brosnan (George Harrison) (Lead Guitar, Vocals)
John is a songwriter and musician from London, England. He grew up in Melbourne and studied classical piano, performance and theory at the Conservatorium of Music. He switched from piano to guitar, which has since become his main instrument. His first professional music job came at the age of 18, when he played in the orchestra pit for a musical theatre production. He then spent the next decade playing in original bands, many of which achieved music chart success in Australia, UK, and the United States. He first began performing the role of George Harrison in 2000 and has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia with various Beatle productions. In addition to performing in Classical Mystery Tour, John runs a music and film production company in the UK.

Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) (Drums, vocals)
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Chris Camilleri had a convenient drum teacher; his dad. He started listening to Beatles records at a young age, and for many years played drums and sang along to the recordings. Gradually Chris gravitated to progressive rock bands, but retained a fondness for The Beatles and eventually formed the internationally-renowned Beatles cover band Liverpool, which still reunites to perform at the Fests For Beatles Fans (formerly Beatlefest). Chris has played drums for a variety of touring artists, including Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits fame), Badfinger, Micky Dolenz, Joe Walsh, and other Beatles-era bands. He became a good friend and musical associate to Harry Nilsson (who was a contemporary and close friend to all the individual Beatles). In addition to The Beatles, his musical influences include Jethro Tull, Genesis, ELP, and David Bowie. When not playing music, Chris has an active commercial and voice-over career. While he doesn’t have a favorite Beatles song in the Classical Mystery Tour show, Chris admits he favors the material that features the full orchestra. “It’s like playing in my living room at age 13 again – there’s the wonderful ‘pop’ music, but with this huge orchestral background, which is just as important to the tune as the band. It’s completely enlightening”.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


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Andy Moran Appointed Resident Conductor
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Moran in his new position as resident conductor of El Paso Symphony Orchestra. As resident conductor, Andy will take on more responsibility in the programming of EPSO’s education and pops programs and will also be considered to conduct a subscription concert if the opportunity arises. In addition, his new role will have him serving as the “face” of the orchestra when the music director is away. “We have been very impressed by the dedication, intensity and professionalism that Andy brings to his work and conducting. He is an asset to our organization and we look forward to working with him in his new role to advance the mission of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.” -- Sue Woo, EPSO Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Andy Moran had served as assistant conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestras since the fall of 2009. During his tenure as assistant conductor, Andy conducted the El Paso Symphony’s Holiday Afternoon with the El Paso Symphony concerts, the Young People’s Concerts, Downtown KidsPalooza concerts and the Fourth of July concerts. Andy will continue to serve as the music director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the El Paso Symphony Orchestra's first resident conductor. Since joining the conducting staff of the EPSO in 2009, I have witnessed how tirelessly the board, staff, and musicians work to provide the community of El Paso with high quality orchestral concerts. I am grateful to be a part of this great team and look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of the EPSO." -- Andy Moran.

Moran began his career while pursuing a degree in music education from New Mexico State University. He performed extensively with both the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra and was also an active member of the music education community. Moran taught middle school and high school band in the El Paso Independent School District and also helped initiate a music mentorship project that provided one-on-one instruction for young musicians living in low income areas.

During the summer of 2009, Moran will serve as the David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival. He will serve as assistant to Maestro Timothy Muffitt and conduct several performances throughout the summer. From 2007 to 2009, Moran served as associate instructor in the Instrumental Conducting department for Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. In this role, he collaborated with the IU Opera and Ballet Theater on their production of Perspectives 1900's, conducting fully staged versions of Debussy's L'Après-midi d'un faune and Chopin's Les Sylphides. In October 2008, Moran again collaborated with the IU Ballet Theater in the recreation of George Balanchine's original production of Hindemith's The Four Temperaments. Moran also worked closely with Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom in the collegiate premiere of his opera A Wedding as well as a new production of Puccini's La Boheme.
As assistant conductor for the National Repertory Orchestra in 2008, Moran shared the podium with Maestro Carl Topilow on several occasions in both classical and pops concerts while also leading full orchestral and educational performances. In 2007, Moran served as staff conductor at the Brevard Music Festival where he conducted both orchestral and chamber music performances. During the 2006 summer season, he was invited to the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado to conduct a concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. In May of 2005, Los Angeles's Young Musicians Foundation selected Moran as a finalist in their national search for a music director for their Debut Orchestra.

Moran is currently in the process of completing his doctorate degree in Instrumental Conducting from Indiana University. He received a graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting at Southern Methodist University while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Horn Performance. Moran's principal conducting teachers are David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Paul C. Phillips. He has participated in masterclasses with Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Marin Alsop, and Michael Morgan.



Eroica Trio Performs at EPSO 80th Anniversary Celebration
The Eroica Trio will perform at the El Paso Symphony's 80th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 28, 2010, 6:30 at the El Paso Museum of Art. Please join us for this special evening of dining and entertainment by the most sough-after trio in the world. Tickets are $125 per person. Call us at (915) 532-3776 to reserve your tickets.

The Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. The New York Times writes, “They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce”. The Trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut and has since toured the United States, Europe, and Asia. While maintaining their demanding concert schedule, the Eroica Trio has released eight critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy® nominations.



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The Red Violin: Music and Art
El Paso Symphony and El Paso Musuem of Art collaborate to bring The Red Violin to life through Music and Art.

On October 17, 2007 from 12:10 to 12:50pm the El Paso Museum of Art, in partnership with El Paso Symphony Orchestra, will present a discussion and performance of art and music through the paintings and violin scores at the El Paso Museum of Art with Maestra Sarah Iaonnides, Museum Director Dr. Michael Tomor, and violinist Lara St. John.

This unique presentation will include a live discussion on Francios Girard’s Oscar-winning 1998 film The Red Violin and Corigliano’s Red Violin Suite from his award-winning score to the film. The Red Violin tells the story of a cursed violin that travels the globe, passing from doomed owner to doomed owner until the violin disappears and reappears at the end of movie in the hands of a little girl. The real red violin, a 1720 Mendelssohn Stradivari, which inspired this film is currently owned by violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. She was 16 years old when the Strad was presented to her as a gift from her grandfather. All that is known about the violin was that it vanished from sight soon after it was built and documented, and centuries later, in 1945, it quitely came into possession of a wealthy businessman. Elizabeth Pitcairn and the story of her red violin are currently highlighted on the latest issue of Strings Magazine – www.stringsmagazine.com.

In response to the Red Violin's history, Dr. Michael Tomor, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art will give very brief vignettes on the art of the 17th century in Italy through St. Bernice (1640) by Bernardo Strozzi, 19th century France and Western Europe through Portrait of a Man by Nicoles Langilliere (1717), the 19th and 20th century Canada through Emil Carlson's Still Life and 21st century America through Still Life by Peter Max (2006).

On display will be several rare and beautiful violins. Guest speakers, Dr. Joseph Sylan professor of Music History and Literature at NMSU and Laurence Gibson professor of Music at UTEP, will speak on the history of violins. Dr. Sylvan will have on hand his very own 1620 Giovanni Paolo Maggini. Maggini (1580 – 1630), born in Botticino,Italy, is considered one of the most important instrument makers of the Brescian school. Maggini is known to have made at least sixty violins, nine violas, two violoncellos, one double bass.

Lara St. John and Laurence Gibson will compare and demonstrate their Guadagnini violins. Lara St. John currently performs on the 1779 “Salabue” Guadagnini, currently valued at around $1 million, thanks to an anonymous donor and Heinl & Co. of Toronto which she calls the “Resurrection”. Mr. Gibson owns and performs on a 1776 Guadagnini which was discovered in an old castle in Switzerland.

Lara St. John’s violin has it own interesting background, at least that which is known, from the 20th century onwards. Ms. St. John’s writes about her violin “Apparently a loving father bought it back in the 20s or 30s for his young violinist son, in California. This boy was doing very well - he studied with Zimbalist - and at the age of 16 played a concerto at the Hollywood Bowl. At the age of 17, he contracted tuberculosis and died that year. His father was heartbroken, so much so that he entombed the Guadagnini and some bows along with his son. (The details are a bit sketchy, but I have to assume that he had a mausoleum erected for him). This was the case for about fifty years, until finally the violin came back to light again. I am not sure if the father passed away, or if he decided it should be played again, or what, but apparently it was sold to an amateur for a while in the 80s. Finally, it started making the rounds of various luthiers, some of whom were rather spooked by the story. A few years ago it came up for auction and was bought by an anonymous donor who has now lent it to me. I am somehow not at all freaked out by the history of this violin - mainly because the whole thing happened out of a father's love for his son. The Guad is in extraordinary condition, practically never having had a scratch or crack, and is beautiful to look at as well as to play. There is a depth and strength to it which I have never felt on any Stradivarius, or other violin. I am very lucky and grateful to have this living link to a past era, the violin presumably having much more history to it than the later portion that I know. I mean, when this fiddle was made, Beethoven himself was 9 years old! Cool. One can only imagine where it's been, and who has heard it.”

At 5:00pm the film The Red Violin will be shown in the Museum’s El Paso Energy Auditorium. Discussion and film are free and open to the public.

On October 19 and 20, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre, Maestra Sarah Ioannides and the El Paso Symphony with guest violinist Lara St. John will perform Corigliano’s The Red Violin Suite. The program will also include Liszt’s Totentanz arranged for violin and orchestra and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1. Tickets for the concerts range from $11 to $37 and are available through the El Paso Symphony Box Office, 532-3776.

El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association
P.O. Box 180
El Paso, Texas 79942
General Information and Tickets (915) 532-3776
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EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DEBUTS US PREMIERE OF DARIO MARIANELLI’S ATONEMENT CONCERT SUITE
For the fourth consecutive season, the El Paso Symphony will collaborate with El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival. This exciting program, January 23 & 24, 2009, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theater, will feature pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Ben Hong in the US Premiere of Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianelli’s Atonement Concert Suite for Cello, Piano and Orchestra. The world premiere debuted on October 18, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium for the Flanders International Film Festival by the Brussels Philharmonic, conductor Dirk Brosse. Born in 1963 in Pisa, Italy, Dario Marianelli won the Best Original Score for the score of Atonement at the 80th Academy Awards and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and has recently collaborated with Joe Wright for the upcoming film The Soloist.

Cellist BEN HONG joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1993, at age 24, making him the youngest member of the orchestra at that time. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ben won his native country's National Cello Competition three years in a row before leaving home, at 13, for the Juilliard School. Later he studied with Lynn Harrell at the University of Southern California School of Music before joining the LA PHIL. Most recently, Ben was hired by Dreamworks to train several members of the cast of the upcoming movie, The Soloist scheduled for release in March 2009, including Jamie Foxx and Tom Hollander. He also served as an on-set technical advisor and his playing will be featured on the film's soundtrack.

Frequent performer at the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Festival, pianist AWADAGIN PRATT, is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances that receive tremendous audience response and press attention throughout the United States. Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin began studying piano at the age of six. At the age of 16, he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas - piano, violin and conducting. Awadagin Pratt has been the subject of numerous articles in the national press, including Newsweek, People Magazine, USA Weekend, New York Newsday, Emerge and Mirabella. He was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine's special 50th anniversary issue. On television, Mr. Pratt has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Sesame Street, been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and was one of the featured soloists on PBS's "Live from the Kennedy Center - A Salute to Slava." He also performed twice at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

Sponsored by a friend of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, “providing the essential sound of music for the revitalization of the heart of our great city, its downtown,” this weekend’s program also includes Dvořák’s In Nature’s Realm and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Written during one of the most difficult periods in Beethoven’s life (1811-1812), the Seventh Symphony is considered one of Beethoven’s most optimistic piece. The Seventh Symphony premiered in 1813, when the composer’s health and hearing were in decline. He would become completely deaf by 1814. The piece was very well received by audiences, and since critics and listeners have often felt inspired by the Seventh Symphony. Composer Richard Wagner called Beethoven's Seventh Symphony "the apotheosis of the dance."

Audience members can learn more about the program with Awadagin Pratt, Ben Hong and Sarah Ioannides at Opening Notes, 6:30pm prior to the Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24 concerts in the Philanthropy Theatre.

For tickets, call the Symphony office at (915) 532-3776 for information or visit www.epso.org. Tickets range from $11 to $37. The El Paso Symphony is made possible with the support of the city of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

In conjunction with El Paso Pro-Musica film series, the film Atonement will be shown on Wednesday, January 21, 7pm at the Philanthropy Theatre. Admission is free and tickets will be available at the door starting at 6pm.



Programs and artists are subject to change without notice. The El Paso Symphony is made possible with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.