EPSO News


THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
Pictures at an Exhibition
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform the very best of musical theater icon Andrew Lloyd Webber on November 16 and 17, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre.

Led by Bohuslav Rattay and joined by soprano Katie Travis and tenor Chris Mann, the Symphony’s program will include “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera; “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita; “Memory” and “The Jellicle Ball” from Cats; and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar.

Bohuslav Rattay and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra are looking forward to working with soprano Katie Travis, who recently finished her run of over 700 shows playing Christine Daae in the North American tour of Phantom of the Opera; and Chris Mann, tenor, who lit up a global audience with his 2012 post Super Bowl XLVI performance on NBC’s The Voice watched by a record-breaking 37.6 million viewers. His chart-topping duet with superstar Christina Aguilera solidified him as one of the most unique voices in the history of the show.

The EPSO November concerts, generously sponsored by the BBVA Compass and Helen Susan Coles will also include Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition.

Concert ticket prices are $45, $40, $34, $21 and $16 plus fees. Student tickets for $9 and $11 plus fees are available. Tickets may be purchase at epso.org, ticketmaster.com
or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.

LEARN MORE: Join EPSO prior to each performance at Opening Notes, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre, to get insights on the program, composers and artist.

ARTFUL PRELUDES series, a collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, continues with these performance on Thursday, November 15, 12pm at the El Paso Museum of Art. This series, which is free and open to the public, serves to bridge the two art forms: music and visual art.
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

RECAP:
Artful Preludes: Thursday, November 15, 12pm El Paso Museum of Art (Free & Open to Public)
Opening Notes: Friday, November 16 & Saturday, November 17, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre (Free & Open to Public)
Concerts: Friday, November 16 & Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Katie Travis, Soprano
Chris Mann, Tenor
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Selections from Phantom of the Opera
“Memory” from Cats
“Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera
“Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita
“I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar
“The Jellicle Ball” from Cats
Jesus Christ Superstar Medley
Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

Single ticket prices: $45, $40, $34, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com





FIRE AND BLOOD
October 19 & 20
EPSO October program “Fire & Blood” takes inspiration from
Mural by Mexican Artist Diego Rivera
Violinist Chloé Trevor returns to El Paso for Encore Engagement

Artful Preludes a collaboration with El Paso Museum of Art starts October 18

The dynamic, social media-savvy violinist Chloé Trevor returns after a stirring performance last season for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s October 19 & 20 classical performances at 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. Chloé will perform Michael Daugherty’s Fire and Blood, a piece that befits her spirit and dazzling technic. The concert also will include the return of a beloved and successful classic Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

Composer Michael Daugherty’s Fire and Blood was inspired by a mural by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. He writes “In 1932, Edsel Ford commissioned the Mexican modernist artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) to paint a mural representing the automobile industry of Detroit. Rivera came to Detroit and worked over the next two years to paint four large walls of the inner courtyard at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Considered among his best work, Rivera’s extraordinary Detroit Industry murals have inspired me to create my own musical fresco for violin and orchestra. It was Rivera himself who predicted the possibility of turning his murals into music, after returning from a tour of the Ford factories: “In my ears, I heard the wonderful symphony which came from his factories where metals were shaped into tools for men’s service. It was a new music, waiting for the composer…to give it communicable form.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Chloé Trevor has quickly become one of the most talked about and sought-after musical ambassadors to Generation Z. Her spirit for classical music and her passion for mentoring the youth of today allows her to connect on a personal level with audiences in exciting and innovative ways. Silver medalist of the Ima Hogg Competition, critics have acclaimed Chloé for her “dazzling technique,” “excellent musicianship,” “huge tone,” “poise and professional grace,” and “bold personality unafraid to exult in music and ability.” She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, and the Knoxville Symphony. She made her New York concerto debut in 2013 and Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2014.

Chloé was introduced to the violin at age 2 by her mother, Heidi Trevor Itashiki, Dallas Symphony violinist. She later studied with Arkady Fomin, Dallas Symphony violinist and Artistic Director of the New Conservatory of Dallas. Chloé has made numerous appearances on the concert stage with her father, internationally recognized conductor and teacher, Kirk Trevor. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with David and Linda Cerone, and her graduate degree as a scholarship student at Rice University studying with Kenneth Goldsmith. Chloé plays on a Carlos Landolfi violin made in Italy in 1771 and a bow by Etienne Pajeot.

The EPSO October concerts are generously sponsored by the Helen of Troy. Ms. Trevor is generously underwritten by Judy & Kirk Robison.

Concert ticket prices are $45, $40, $34, $21 and $16 plus fees. Student tickets for $9 and $11 plus fees are available. Tickets may be purchase at epso.org, ticketmaster.com
or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.

LEARN MORE: Join EPSO prior to each performance at Opening Notes, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre, to get insights on the program, composers and artist.

ARTFUL PREDULES: The El Paso Symphony Orchestra October concerts also will introduce this season’s first “Artful Preludes,” a collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, on Thursday, October 18, 12pm. Patrons will enjoy an exclusive tour of the El Paso Museum of Art exhibition “After Posada: Revolution” while inspired by music by Chloé Trevor. As demonstrated in the Symphony’s program, art can be an inspiration for composers and music can inspire art.

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:
Artful Preludes: Thursday, October 18, 12pm El Paso Museum of Art (Free & Open to Public)
Opening Notes: Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre (Free & Open to Public)
Concerts: Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Chloé Trevor, Violin
Michael Daugherty Fire & Blood
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
Single ticket prices: $45, $40, $34, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com





88th Anniversary Season Opens Sept 21 & 22
Rachmaninoff Gold
EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
READY TO OPEN 88TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Diverse Season Includes Beloved Classics, Gold Medalists and Grammy Award Winning Artist, a little Broadway and regional Mariachi Music!

El Paso, TX – The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) is celebrating 88 years and still going strong. It has the honor of being the oldest continuously running Symphony in Texas. On September 21 & 22, 2018, Music Director Bohuslav Rattay, entering his sixth season with EPSO, and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra joined by the pianist and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo take the stage at the Plaza Theatre, 7:30pm, to start a new season that promises to entertain, enrich and engage our community.

Gold medalist of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the 28-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo is already being hailed for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” (San Francisco Examiner). A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music,” and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences. Mr. Sunwoo will perform Rachmaninoff’s popular Piano Concerto No. 2 with orchestra. Rachmaninoff was suffering from a deep depression prior to the debut of this concerto and found himself unable to compose. Finally, in desperation he sought out Dr. Nikolai Dahl, famous for his hypnotic cures. The results proved positive and he began to compose this piano concerto. The Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 starts with a melancholy movement that alternates between sad sweetness and darkness ending in a triumphant glory. This piece of music is compelling and stirs up deep emotions. The second half of the September concerts feature the El Paso Symphony Orchestra performing another classic by Rachmaninoff, his Symphony No. 2. Composer Patrick Piggott described the third movement in the symphony “as romantic as any music in the orchestral repertoire ̶ if by romantic we mean the expression, through lyrical melody and richly chromatic harmony, of a sentiment which can only be described as love.” The September 21 & 22 EPSO concerts are generously sponsored by the Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. Foundation.

Concert ticket prices are $45, $40, $34, $21 and $16 plus fees. Student tickets for $9 and $11 plus fees are available. Tickets may be purchase at epso.org, ticketmaster.com
or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.

EPSO’s 88th anniversary season continues in October, with the dynamic, social media-savvy violinist Chloé Trevor returning after a stirring performance last season. Trevor will perform Michael Daugherty’s Fire and Blood, a piece that befits her spirit and dazzling technic. The concert also will include the return of a beloved and successful classic Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.
The first half of the season concludes in November 16 & 17 with a program that combines the very best of Andrew Lloyd Webber including “Memory” from Cats, “The Music of the Night” Phantom of the Opera, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” Evita, “Any Dream Will Do” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” Jesus Christ Superstar; and Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition.

The second half of the season is equally diverse, exciting and thrilling starting with Grammy Award Winning artist Zuill Bailey joining EPSO for its January 18 & 19 concert. In February, EPSO performs Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto No 5 with guest pianist Daria Kiselva. The season concludes in April with a program fittingly called “Latin American Tour.” It features El Paso’s Mariachi Raices de America performing Mexican Composer Jose Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango. The program also includes Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

CONCERT TICKETS: Season tickets are available through the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (915) 532-3776. Season ticket prices (6 classical concerts): $222, $189, $162, $90, $66 plus fees. Discounts for the season tickets are: 20% seniors and active military, 30% educators, 50% students. Single ticket prices: $45, $40, $34, $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.

LEARN MORE: Join EPSO prior to each performance at Opening Notes, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre, to get insights on the program, composers and artist.

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.



8th Annual POP GOES THE FORT
Wednesday, July 4
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert celebrating America’s Independence on Wednesday, July 4, at Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. EPSO Assistant Conductor James Welsch will lead the El Paso Symphony in a patriotic and pops concert featuring USO Show Troupe and violinist Andrew Sords 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 4:30pm and the festivities will begin at 5:30pm with a Cannon "Salute to the Union.” Concert begins at 7:30pm and the evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks display.

“This wonderful collaboration between the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Fort Bliss’ MWR began 8 years ago. We feel honored to keep this special tradition going and to perform for our troops at Fort Bliss” said Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association. “James has put together an exciting and varied program mixing traditional patriotic music, contemporary patriotic music, and pop music by Adele performed with the USO Show Troupe. In addition, we are very honored have guest violinist Andrew Sords join us on stage.”

This concert would not be possible without the financial support of our community who support the El Paso Symphony Orchestra especially Pioneer Services and Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners II (Clark Construction and McCarthy Building Companies), Andeavor and the Hunt Family Foundation.

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 and activities for the entire family.

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

RECAP:
8th Annual Pop Goes the Fort
4:30pm: Gates Open
5:30pm: Cannon Salute to the Union
7:30pm: El Paso Symphony Orchestra with special guests USO Show Troupe and violinist Andrew Sords 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.



KURT WEILL'S AMERICA
Seven Deadly Sins
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will culminate the 2017-2018 season with a program that pays tribute to composer Kurt Weill’s achievements as a pioneer in musical theatre and initiator of a new style of song.

On Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre, conductor Bohuslav Rattay and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra joined by Soprano Lisa Vroman, Baritone William Sharp and the Hudson Shad Quartet will perform Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, “Mack the Knife” from The Threepenny Opera and Weill’s music from Broadway.

The Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of two sisters, Anna I and Anna II, as they journey from their home in Louisiana to seek their fortune which will enable their family to build a home. Throughout their seven-year travels, they confront the seven deadly sins: sloth, anger, gluttony, pride, lust, covetousness and envy. The two sisters are thought to be two facets of the same person. One representing consciousness and self-denial and the other representing the natural instincts that give in to temptation.

PROGRAM:
“Mack the Knife” from The Threepenny Opera

The Seven Deadly Sins

Four Walt Whitman Songs:
Beat! Beat! Drums!
Oh Captain! My Captain!
Come up from the Fields, Father
Dirge for Two Veterans

Weill on Broadway

CONCERT TICKETS: $45, $40, $34, $21, $16 plus fees and $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.

“Kurt Weill’s America” is a cross-disciplinary immersion experience produced as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded “Music Unwound” consortium, of which EPSO is part. Music Unwound brings public programs in the Humanities to orchestras committed to ambitious contextualized presentations and institutional partnerships.

Presented in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso, the symphony concerts are a component of a wide-range programming including a UTEP production of scenes from Weill’s “Street Scene” (1946), juxtaposed with scenes from the 1929 El Rice play that Weill and Langston Hughes adapted: a snapshot of two different phases of the American experience. In the wake of the Holocaust and WW II, Rice’s dour melting-pot drama, mediated by song, adopted a more hopeful view of the American dream. The UTEP curriculum will include workshops with Opera UTEP, Afro-Mexico History and Voice Master Classes with Lisa Vronman and William Sharp.

Sunday, April 15, 2:30pm & Monday, April 16, 7:30pm
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
Opera UTEP presents “A Stranger Here Myself”
Tickets are $8 Adults; $5 Non UTEP Students
and Free for Children 12 and under, UTEP Students, Faculty & Staff
Tickets may be purchased in advance from any University Ticket Center outlet (recommended!) or through Ticketmaster, or at the door.

Sixty years after his death, KURT WEILL'S music continues to be performed both in popular and classical contexts. Shortly after his death "Mack the Knife" was established by Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin as a jazz standard. His music has since been recorded by many performers, ranging from Nina Simone, The Doors, Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Robbie Williams, Judy Collins, John Zorn, Dagmar Krause, Steeleye Span, The Young Gods and PJ Harvey to New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. (1900-1950) began his career in the early 1920's, after a musical childhood and several years of study in Berlin. By the time his first opera, The Protagonist (Georg Kaiser), was performed in April 1926, he was an established young German composer. Weill was raised in a religious Jewish family in Dessau, Germany. He married actress Lotte Lenya in 1926; they maintained a close relationship throughout his life despite their divorce in 1933 (they remarried in 1937). He fled the Nazi leadership in March 1933 and continued his unrelenting efforts, first in Paris (1933-35), then in the U.S. until his death. Certain common threads tie together his career: a concern for social justice, an aggressive pursuit of highly-regarded playwrights and lyricists as collaborators, and the ability to adapt to audience tastes no matter where he found himself. His most important works: the Violin Concerto (1925), The Threepenny Opera (Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann, 1928), Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Brecht, 1930), The Pledge (Caspar Neher, 1932), The Seven Deadly Sins (Brecht, 1933), Lady in the Dark (Moss Hart and Ira Gershwin, 1941), Street Scene (Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes, 1947), Lost in the Stars (Maxwell Anderson, 1949).

ABOUT THE ARTIST: From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, LISA VROMAN has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She starred on Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, and garnered theatre critics’ awards for her portrayal. Lisa starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man (with Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy and the Hartford Symphony), Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/MUNY St. Louis), Birdie in Regina, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (Utah Symphony/Opera), Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (NJ Opera), and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera). Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables. Vroman is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, State University at Potsdam (BM, Honorary Doctorate of Music, Minerva Award), Carnegie-Mellon University (MFA), and is a George London Competition winner.

Praised by the New York Times as a "sensitive and subtle singer," WILLIAM SHARP has earned a reputation as a singer of great versatility and continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concert, recital, opera and recordings. In the summer of 2017, William Sharp joined the Brevard Festival in a recital of music by Weill and Schoenberg. Sharp’s recent engagements included a return to the Bethlehem Bach Festival for a series of Bach Cantatas and his Mass in B Minor; joining the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in works by Charles Ives; singing Bach’s Cantatas No. 32 and 49 with the Dryden Ensemble; and an evening of songs by John Musto with New York Festival of Song. Sharp was nominated for a 1989 Grammy award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his recording featuring the works of American composers such as Virgil Thomson and Lee Hoiby on the New World Records label. He also can be heard on the 1990 Grammy award-winning, world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles on the Koch International label.

Though the six-man ensemble HUDSON SHAD (five singers and a pianist) debuted officially in 1992, their nucleus formed in 1977 when three of them made their Carnegie Hall debuts as soloists in Penderecki’s Magnificat. In 1989, the Arts at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn asked bass Wilbur Pauley to contract a quartet to perform as The Family in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Marianne Faithfull. Over the last quarter century, Hudson Shad most likely has racked up more performances as The Family in the Seven Deadly Sins than any other group in history. They have performed in almost 50 different locations, from Arezzo to Zagreb, numbering over 100 performances worldwide. They participated in a staging of the work, in a double bill with Weill’s Der Lindbergflug, at the Macerata Festival. They have twice recorded the work, once with Masur and the NY Philharmonic and once with Faithfull, Dennis Russell Davies and the RSO-Wien. In 2008, Hudson Shad was honored to participate in the Carnegie Hall premiere of the work, with Ute Lemper and the Toronto Symphony.

The El Paso Symphony April concerts are presented in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso. Performances are funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY is supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities’ Music Unwound consortium and funded by a grant from the Jewish Federation of El Paso. Guest Artists are underwritten by Judy & Kirk Robison. 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 April 29
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions on Sunday, April 29, 1:30pm to 7pm in the Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium at Coronado High School, 100 Champions Pl., for the following positions:

Concertmaster
Principal 2nd Violin
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Section Violin
Section Viola
Section Bass
Principal Trumpet
2nd Bassoon

Should any position be filled by a current member of the EPSO, the resulting vacancy(s) may be filled at these auditions.

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

For further information contact El Paso Symphony Personnel Manager LeAnn Isaac at (915) 637-8144. Applications are due by April 20, 2018




Audition Information & Application

Repertoire PDF

A NIGHT WITH JOHN WILLIAMS
Two Musical World Collide
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will explore and pay tribute to the music of American composer John Wiliams for its November 17 and 18, 2017 classical concerts at 7:30pm, Plaza Theatre. From his most popular and recognizable film scores to two concertos he wrote for horn and bassoon, this concert will give El Paso audiences a much broader picture of this brilliant composer.

Conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, the concerts will open with music excerpts from ET: Adventures on Earth. It is followed by the Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with guest Kurt Civilette. This concerto premiered in 2003 with the Chicago Symphony and Dale Clevenger with John Williams conducting. Williams spoke of the horn’s “capacity to stir memories of antiquity. The very sound of the French horn conjures images stored in the collective psyche. It’s an instrument that invites us to ‘dream backward to the ancient time.’… The horn stirs memories of fearful things, of powerful things, of noble and beautiful things!”

The concert shifts back to film music with the March from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Highlights from Jurassic Park. Next, the El Paso Symphony’s principal bassoonist, Cara Luffey, will be featured in William’s The Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra. William’s wrote the bassoon concerto in 1993 for the New York Philharmonic and its principal bassoonist. This concerto is Influenced by the work of Robert Graves with elements of Celtic myths about sacred trees. “Within the tree community there lies more music than anywhere else in the Western world. It is impossible to stand under the high arching boughs of ancient trees and not wonder if the architecture of cathedrals was not born of just such an experience.” says Williams.

The concert ends with one of his most recent film scores 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Suite.

ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTIST:
Kurt Civilette is a professional performer and teacher based in East Lansing, Michigan. His orchestra positions include principal horn in South Bend Symphony, Principal horn in Midland(MI) Symphony, 3rd horn and brass quintet in Ann Arbor Symphony, and 3rd horn in Flint Symphony. He is the horn instructor at the MSU Community Music School and horn professor at Lansing Community College. As a soloist, he has appeared with Midland(MI), South Bend(IN), Baroque on Beaver Festival(MI) and Southern Illinois festival. While still in Albuquerque, he soloed with New Mexico Symphony on several occasions, most recently as a featured soloist during the 2005-06 season on tours and community concerts, playing the seldom-performed virtuoso work, the Concertino for horn and orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber six times on statewide tours.

A native of El Paso, Texas, Cara Luffey holds the principal bassoon position with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. She played contrabassoon with the group for several seasons before winning her current chair. In addition to her work with the EPSO, she has recently performed with the Phantom of the Opera and El Paso Opera orchestras, in solo and chamber recitals, and as soloist for the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the University of Texas at El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Luffey earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific, graduating summa cum laude and performing the Hummel Concerto as winner of the concerto competition. She continued her studies, earning a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and a Teaching Certification from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. After completing her degrees, Ms. Luffey won a position with the US Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base, VA., and was later stationed with the USAFE Band in Sembach, Germany. During four years of service, she performed in wind quintets and concert bands throughout the Eastern US and Europe.
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra November classical concerts are generously sponsored by Andeavor and Helen of Troy. 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 17 & Saturday, November 18, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre
Concerts: Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
A Night with John Williams: Two Musical Worlds Collide
ET: Adventures on Earth
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra featuring Kurt Civilette, Horn
March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Highlights from Jurassic Park
The Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra featuring Cara Luffey, Bassoon
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Suite

Single ticket prices: $45, $40, $34, $21, $16 and $9 and $11 for students plus applicable fees.
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com


Concert Infomation


TITOVETS' ART SHOW AND SALE
Celebrating 25 Years in El Paso!
RUSSIAN ARTISTS, ALEKSANDER AND LYUBA TITOVETS CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN EL PASO WITH ARTSHOW BENEFITTING EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Painting of internationally recognized Russian artists, Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets, will be on display and for sale on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm and Sunday, October 15 from 1pm to 4pm in the beautiful upper valley home of Randy and Janet Wechter, 804 Don Quixote. The Titovetses passion for art and music and the distinct correlation between the two art forms plus their 25th anniversary in El Paso inspired the idea to bring together their art for two days to benefit the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

In 1992, Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets left their homeland, St. Petersburg, Russia, where they had each studied and relocated to El Paso. Since then, both have achieved National recognition. Their work has been included in exhibitions all over the world. Their work has been added to the collections of the King of Spain, Juan-Carlos, and actress Sophia Loren.
Born in Siberia, Aleksander received his Masters in Fine Arts from St. Petersburg University College of Fine Arts. His classical training reflects the Russian School of Oil Painting, a style that combines a powerful realistic involvement with the soft, lyrical looseness of impressionism. He has participated in competitions with the National Academy of Design, in New York and the Oil Painters of America. He won Best of Show in the International Fine Art Competition four years in a row among competitors in his region. For many years running, he has been selected as a guest artist for Great American Artists and Artists of America that honored him in 1998 with the Artist's Choice Award. His work is included in public and private collections worldwide, including those of Sophia Loren and the King of Spain, His Majesty Juan Carlos. In 2008, he was commissioned to paint Laura Bush’s portrait for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and in 2010 he was inducted into the El Paso Artists Hall of Fame.

Lyuba’s artistic training began at age five in St. Petersburg. By age seven, she was selected for the Children's Art Club in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. She studied at the Art School for Children and went on to the State University in St. Petersburg where she received a BA and MFA in the College of Fine Arts and met her husband Aleksander. In 2000 she received the Dillman's Creative Art Foundation Award from the Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibition. Additionally, Lyuba is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has had six solo exhibitions in America and recently had a show in Nantes, France. Lyuba had works included in a world exhibition in Westminster Abby in London, England, as well as the National Academy of Desigh and Oil Painters of America. Her name is included in the Archive of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.

The El Paso Symphony’s 2017-2018 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:
What: The Titovets’ 2th Anniversary Art Show
When: Saturday, October 14, 4pm to 8pm and Sunday, October 15, 1pm to 4pm
Where: Home of Janet and Randy Wechter, 804 Don Quixote (79922)
Why: Raise funds for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Information: Call (915) 532-3776






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TOCANDO Host UTEP Children's Choir
at Guillen Middle School
TOCANDO MUSIC PROJECT, A DIVISION OF THE EL PASO SYMPHONY,Collaborates with the University of Texas at El Paso Music Department to host the UTEP CHILDREN'S CHOIR at TOCANDO

El Paso, TX - The UTEP Department of Music is proud to announce the return of the UTEP Children's Choir in September 2017. The choir will be in collaboration with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando Music Project.

This unique program is designed not only to provide quality vocal training and foster a global appreciation of music; but also develop poise, confidence, discipline, and pride in their accomplishments.

From 1999 to 2004, the program provided a positive extracurricular choral music experience for children in the Paso del Norte region and powerful experiential learning opportunities for UTEP music education majors. This tradition continues this fall under the direction of Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson, UTEP Director of Choral Activities.

The choir welcomes all boys and girls ages 8-11, no audition or previous musical experience required. The choir seeks children who are ready for teamwork, musical instruction, and choral performance. Rehearsals are held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. every Monday in the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall at UTEP. The cost per singer is $20 per semester.

Tocando will host a satellite ensemble of the UTEP Children’s Choir Fridays from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Guillen Middle School.

The Tocando Music Project, a division of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school students. Music education is used as a vehicle for children to acquire valuable tools of teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and academic success.

For more information about the UTEP Children’s Choir, contact Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson, director at (915) 747-8708 or ewilson@utep.edu.

For information regarding the UTEP Children’s Choir at Tocando, please contact Rocio Manriquez, director, at (915) 253-0683 or rocio@epsyos.org.



Job Opportunity with EPSYO
The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras is seeking an Assistant Business Manager and Financial Aid Counselor. Please see attached posting for all the details.

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EPSO Rings In the New Year with Spanish Flare
12th Anniversary of EPSO/EPPM Collaboration
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will ring in the New Year with concerts on January 20 and 21, 2017, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. These concerts mark the 12th consecutive season that EPSO and El Paso Pro-Musica have collaborated to present distinguished artists to El Paso audiences on multiple stages.

Sponsored by Beverly and Ken Jinkerson, the ¡VIVA ESPAÑA! program will feature Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux performing the popular Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Rodrigo made his name with this piece, establishing him as one of Spain’s notable composers of the mid-20th century. Although Rodrigo did not play guitar, he was a pianist, he is largely responsible for extending and popularizing the repertoire of the classical guitar. His guitar music and the Concierto de Aranjuez reflects the rich legacy of Spanish musical history.

With conductor Bohulsav Rattay on the podium, the concerts will open with Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34 and end with Manuel de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat. Falla composed this score for ballet in 1918 and 1919 as a revision of his pantomime El corregidor y la molinera (The Magistrate and the Miller's Wife), composed in 1916-17. The first performance of The Three Cornered Hat ballet was given on July 22, 1919, in London's Alhambra Theater by Diaghilev's Russian Ballet, with costumes and décor by Pablo Picasso, and Ernest Ansermet conducting. The Three Cornered Hat is the only ballet with a Spanish setting, employing the techniques of Spanish dance instead of classical ballet. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform the dances from Suite No. 1 and Suite No. 2.

ABOUT JASON VIEAUX: Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “is among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone). NPRdescribes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named “Zapateado” from the album as one of its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).” Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. Vieaux is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.

EPSO presents Opening Notes with associate conductor James O. Welsch on Friday, January 20, 2017 and Saturday, January 21, 2017, 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. Everyone is welcome.

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 20 and Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Jason Vieaux, Classical Guitar
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
de Falla Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1 and Suite No. 2

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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EPSOA Announces New EPSYOs Music Director
Dr. James O. Welsch joins EPSO family
EPSOA ANNOUNCES NEW EPSYOS MUSIC DIRECTOR
Dr. James O. Welsch joins EPSOA Family as Music Director and General Manager of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and Assistant Conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra

The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras (EPSYOs) Board of Trustees and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James O. Welsch as Music Director and General Manager of the EPSYOs and assistant conductor of EPSO. "We are very fortunate to have James Welsch be a part of our music community and to share his past musical experiences and ideas to grow our youth orchestra program and enrich the lives of future generations of musicians." -- Sue Woo, EPSYOs Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Rock climbing and orchestra conducting pose similar challenges according to Welsch, new Music Director and General Manager of the EPSYOs. Both demand preparation and complete devotion to task.

“When I’m in front of an orchestra, I want all my focus and energy on those musicians,” he says, “I’ve learned that the same concentration, attention to detail, and commitment to high goals that get a climber to the top can also help an orchestra reach the pinnacle of artistic performance.”
A Florida native who earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting in May from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Welsch begins his position September 1, 2016.

With a varied professional and educational background, Dr. Welsch will bring his experience as a college professor, conductor, and community arts organizer to the EPSYOs. He earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Theory and Composition at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, and a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Syracuse University, where he subsequently taught in the NASM-accredited Setnor School of Music before pursuing a doctorate under the mentorship of Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann. At Setnor, Dr. Welsch was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2007 – 2008, his first year of teaching.

While a graduate student and assistant professor at Setnor School of Music, he was assistant and cover conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra; conductor of the New Directions Ensemble; founding conductor of the Setnor Brass Choir, and leader of other student ensembles. He also served as conductor for the Syracuse University Opera in fully-staged annual productions.
As Director of Music Ministries for a Syracuse suburban church, he organized performances of major works that involved inner-city singers and instrumentalists along with musicians from the church, community, and area high schools. He has been a guest conductor for Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Society for New Music, The Orlando Philharmonic, Syracuse University Wind Ensemble, Stetson University Symphonic Band, The Greater Syracuse Ecumenical Choir and Orchestra, and the Syracuse University Oratorio Society.

In Austin, Dr. Welsch conducted the Cedar Park High School musical “Ragtime,” and he was co-music director/conductor of “Oklahoma!” at Zilker Park Summer Theater. He was a faculty member and Chamber Orchestra conductor for the U. T. String Project, directed by Laurie Scott.
He is the recipient of artist grants for individual creative work and community arts projects. His compositions, original orchestrations and arrangements, have been performed in concerts and contests.

Looking forward to his position as a member of the creative team, Dr. Welsch says he is eager to begin the climb to a thrilling season with the EPSYOs and the EPSO. “My own musical passions have been fueled by generous, brilliant mentors through the years,” he says. “I am determined to honor them by giving my best to the talented young musicians of the EPSYOs.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: For further information and photos contact Rosemary Flores at (915) 532-3776, rosemary@epso.org or Maria McCullough at (915 525-8978, maria@epsyos.org.

El Paso Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 180
El Paso, Texas 79942
(915) 532-3776
(915) 533-8162 fax
www.epso.org


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Bohuslav Rattay and EPSOA Renew Partnership
Six More Years!
It is with great pleasure that the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Trustees and Bohuslav Rattay announce the completion of successful contract negotiations. Together, EPSOA and Rattay are looking forward to continuing the unique legacy of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, now in its 86th year of continuous operation. Under the new six-year agreement, Rattay will lead the Orchestra into its 86th Season starting September 2016. “I am delighted to continue with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and am privileged to lead this fine organization for the next six years” said Rattay. “My family and I have settled here and are proud to call El Paso home.”

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. In addition to serving as EPSO’s Music Director, Rattay is the Music Director of the Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra.

“The EPSOA Board of Trustees is in full support of Bohuslav, the Orchestra and the Administrative Staff and is committed to the artistic vitality, growth and financial stability of EPSO.” said Arlene Carroll, EPSOA Chairman.

Rattay, the Board, Orchestra and Staff are enthusiastic about the upcoming season, which is as diverse as our city, offering something for everyone. The classical series, which opens September 23 and 24, features the classics by Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. It has a little bit of jazz, Spanish guitar and Mexican folk culture. It features Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, the UTEP Concert Chorale, jazz trombone player Chris Brubeck, and return engagement of Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev.

The pops series includes the Best of the Eagles on October 29; Christmas with Michael W. Smith featuring Voice winner Jordan Smith on November 30; and the Music of Prince on February 27. Downtown KidsPalooza will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on March 25. Attached is a listing of all events.

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CONTACT:
Rosemary Flores
Operations Manager
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
(915) 532-3776
rosemary@epso.org



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PlayUSA selects TOCANDO for 2nd year partnership
CARNEGIE HALL’S WEILL MUSIC INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2016-2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR PlayUSA

Supporting Music Education Programs in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas.

Now Entering Its Second Year, PlayUSA Aims to Increase Access to Instrumental Music Instruction for Underserved K-12 Students Nationwide.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) today announced the 2016-2017 grant recipients for PlayUSA, a program that supports a wide 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 second year, Carnegie Hall has selected projects from the following seven organizations:
• Atlanta Music Project (Atlanta, GA)
• Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama/Scrollworks (Birmingham, AL)
• The People's Music School (Chicago, IL)
• Tocando After School Music Project (El Paso, TX)
• Music for Life (New Orleans, LA)
• Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (New York, NY)
• Community MusicWorks (Providence, RI)
“We are excited to build on the success of our pilot season and expand PlayUSA to support seven organizations around the country that are bringing high-quality music education to students in their communities,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “Each project and organization selected takes a unique and innovative approach to instrumental music instruction and is committed to reaching a diverse group of motivated young people. Through PlayUSA, we are excited to support each of these programs, but equally important to us is the opportunity to nurture a strong community of organizations across the country who are doing this work and can share and learn from each other. Eventually we imagine that what we learn together might also be shared more broadly across the field.”

PlayUSA provides support for new or expanded music education programs, all working on a local level. During the 2015 – 2016 pilot season, Carnegie Hall invited orchestras across the country that already partner with WMI on its Link Up program to apply for PlayUSA. This year, applications were made available to a wider array of music education organizations of all different types across the country, resulting in 75 letters of intent, of which 17 were invited to submit full applications.

The seven partner organizations selected for PlayUSA this year receive consultation with Carnegie Hall staff to help problem-solve, address challenges, and build on best practices. Carnegie Hall also provides training and professional development for teachers, including both onsite residencies and access to online resources, including monthly webinars. PlayUSA grants (totaling $250,000 this year, an increase of $150,000 from the pilot season) may be used to underwrite teaching fees for music instruction; purchase or rental of musical instruments as well as instrumental repair; and other programmatic costs. Representatives from each PlayUSA organization also convene at Carnegie Hall twice annually to meet each other and engage with leaders in the music education field.

During its pilot year, funding from PlayUSA enabled the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) to launch CSO Instructs, a program that offers year-long private lessons with orchestra musicians; supported the expansion of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando program; and provided youth in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans with an outlet for creative expression through the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music for Life program. During the 2016 – 2017 season, the PlayUSA network will more than double, reaching seven programs around the country, including continued support for Tocando and Music for Life.

This season, Carnegie Hall will also be partnering with WolfBrown, a consulting firm for arts and cultural organizations, to document student learning at the PlayUSA partner sites. The research will inform future programming and serve as a resource for the music education field.

PlayUSA is part of a growing set of WMI programs that have expanded beyond New York City to reach students and teachers nationwide. The Link Up program now serves approximately 380,000 students and teachers around the globe through more than 90 partner orchestras, and Musical Explorers for grades K-2 reaches thousands more in New York City and at four national partner sites.

PlayUSA also complements NYO2, an expansion of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA). Launching later this month, this intensive summer program gives young American musicians from communities underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field the opportunity to study with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and meet talented peers from across the country.

About the PlayUSA Grantees

Atlanta Music Project (Atlanta, Georgia)
The Atlanta Music Project’s mission is to inspire social change by providing Atlanta's underserved youth the opportunity to learn and perform music in orchestras and choirs. Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project (AMP) provides intensive, tuition-free music education to underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Funding from PlayUSA will support the expansion of the Atlanta Music Project’s orchestra program with the addition of a new site for 40 new middle and high school students, the expansion of their private lesson program from 45 to 55 students, and the launch of a robust professional development program for their teaching artists.

Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama / Scrollworks (Birmingham, Alabama)
The mission of Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama (MYOCA) is to make music instruction and ensemble playing available to all, thereby developing character and sense of community. Young people of diverse racial, social, cultural, and economic backgrounds are encouraged to explore and cultivate their musical talent and contribute to Alabama's musical culture. Funding from PlayUSA will expand teaching from 2 to 5 days per week and increase teaching staff and compensation to provide more opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the Birmingham area. The program will add horn, bassoon, and bass instruments, as well as provide for repairs of existing instruments.

The People’s Music School (Chicago, Illinois)
The People's Music School, based in Chicago, is the only completely tuition-free music school of its kind in the country. The school is wholly devoted to increasing access to all the artistic, scholastic, behavioral, and societal benefits of music. Funding from PlayUSA will support the growth and expansion of a new community band program on Chicago’s South Side which will celebrate the rich musical heritage of Chicago and be a cultural asset to the community. All students participate in a rigorous multi-hour per week program consisting of instrumental instruction, ensemble group experience, music theory and performance. The curriculum is geared towards developing skills transferable to all areas of life.

Tocando After School Music Project (El Paso, Texas)
Previously selected for PlayUSA’s pilot year, the Tocando After School Music Project 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 and empower disconnected youth at Title 1 elementary schools through intensive music instruction, academic tutoring, and performance opportunities. Funding from PlayUSA will provide quality teaching artists at each of its two Tocando After School Music Project campuses and provide professional development opportunities for staff. In its second year Mission Ridge Elementary will expand Tocando's offerings to include 30 additional students and provide both beginning and advanced music classes.

Music for Life (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Previously selected for PlayUSA’s pilot year, Music for Life, from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), offers disadvantaged youth in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans 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. Funding from PlayUSA will support teaching and performance fees for 10 musician mentors, reaching 81 participants at three program sites in the upcoming year, in addition to professional development, instrument repair and service, and other program costs.

Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (New York, New York)
The Orchestra of St. Luke's is a gathering of outstanding musicians whose purpose is to bring classical music and the communication that is unique to music to a broad audience through performance and education. Funding from PlayUSA will support the growth of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL) during the 2016-2017 school year. YOSL will expand to create 40 new slots for beginning musicians, while maintaining all current commitments to YOSL students and families.

Community MusicWorks (Providence, Rhode Island)
Founded in 1997, Community MusicWorks' (CMW) mission is to transform the lives of children, families, and musicians through chamber music education and performance in the most diverse and economically challenged urban neighborhoods of Providence, RI. Funding from PlayUSA will support an increase in their enrollment by launching a new cohort of 25 beginning students in their Daily Orchestra Program, and effect a fundamental change in the trajectory of their 125 existing students' learning, enabling them to advance consistently and more rapidly to the highest levels of music-making.

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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. Approximately 600,000 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. This includes 380,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with over 90 orchestras in the US, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Kenya, and Spain.

For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/Education

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Lead support for PlayUSA is provided by the Fund II Foundation.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Image at top of release courtesy of El Paso Symphony Orchestra

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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



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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.

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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 !!!!!!


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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.




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.




ADVERTISE IN THE EPSO PLAYBILL
• Advertising in the El Paso Symphony playbill gives advertisers the opportunity to reach the highest per-capita income audience in the El Paso, Las Cruces, Juárez and Chihuahua area.

• 12,000 programs will be printed for our patrons’ use throughout the season. The programs are also distributed to newcomers in our area. Ads will impact EPSO patrons from September through April for twelve classical concerts.

• We offer affordable advertising rates as low as $150.

• 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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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.


Teacher Packet


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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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.



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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.

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El Paso, Texas 79942
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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.



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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.