EPSO News


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tocando Performance at Cafe Mayapan
Tocando Community Music Project students will present their first concert of the school year on Thursday, October 9th at 5:30pm in Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave. Tocando, now in its second year, currently serves 65 first through fifth graders at Hart Elementary School in Segundo Barrio, four days a week (Monday through Thursday) from 3:15-6:00pm.

Returning students are now playing violins, cellos, trumpets, trombones, and clarinets. The newly admitted students are learning basic rhythm and the basics on violin playing and care through the “Paper Violin Orchestra” class. Café Mayapan will serve food and drinks for audience members to enjoy while listening to the music by the Tocando students. Café Mayapan has been open since 2001, serving a variety of traditional Mexican cuisine and paying homage to the indigenous roots of Mexico.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando Community Music Projec tis an out of school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school children. Each day after school, music is used as a vehicle for children to acquire valuable tools of teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and academic success. The EPSO’s community music project takes its inspiration from the Venezuelan social initiative, El Sistema (“the System”). El Sistema is a network of youth orchestras that reaches deep into the barrios of Venezuela, engaging low-income children in an intensive and long-term youth development program. El Sistema’s focus is on enacting social change through music. 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.

In collaboration with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Tocando is a partner of the IGNITE Initiative. The goal of IGNITE is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth through out of school programs. Learning music as an orchestra gives the children of Tocando an identity as contributing members of society. They are learning tools that will help them to live healthier and more meaningful lives with bright futures. We hope to see many El Pasoans at this concert supporting our youth as they head out on stage (some of them for the first time!) to share their music with open hearts.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association gratefully acknowledges the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras for their generous support of this program. 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.

RECAP: Thursday, October 9th at 5:30pm
Tocando Performance at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave.
Suggested donation: $5/person (All proceeds will directly benefit Tocando)
More information available at www.tocandomusicproject.org or by calling (915) 201-9021


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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.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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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POP GOES THE FORT
Honoring our Military
EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SALUTES
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF FORT BLISS
WITH 4th ANNUAL “POP GOES THE FORT”
INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT & FIREWORKS

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert celebrating America’s Independence on Friday, July 4, 2014, 8pm at Biggs Park, Fort Bliss. EPSO Resident Conductor Andy Moran will lead the El Paso Symphony in a patriotic and pops concert featuring the USO Show Troupe culminating with a spectacular fireworks display in salute of the brave men and women of Fort Bliss and all those who served to protect our country. Biggs Park will be open at 10:00am and the festivities will begin at 5:30pm with a 50 gun "Salute to the Union,” followed by a performance of the 1st Armored Division Band.

“The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is honored to perform for our troops and are thrilled to be invited to continue this wonderful tradition which is now in its 4th year,” said Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association. This concert would not be possible without the financial support of our community especially Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners II, Sun Fab Industrial Contracting Inc., Mrs. Robert M. Graham, Sr. and The UPS Store.

The El Paso Symphony is working with the Fort Bliss, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to make this event a fun-filled family day for everyone. The MWR will have vendors selling food, drinks and beer.

Mark Cauthers, Director of Fort Bliss MWR said "The Fort Bliss Community is very grateful to the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as well as the El Paso community for providing this wonderful opportunity. What better way to celebrate the Independence by giving such a special performance to soldiers, their families and our community."

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

RECAP:
Pop Goes the Fort
Biggs Park
5:30pm: 50 Gun “Salute to the Union”
6:30pm: 1st Armored Division Band Performance
8:00pm: El Paso Symphony Orchestra with special guest “USO Show Troupe” followed by Fireworks

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



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

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

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

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




EPSO Holds Auditions in May
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions on Sunday, May 18. 2014 9am to 8pm for the following positions:

Associate Concertmaster
Assistant Concertmaster
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Section Violin (2 positions)
Section Viola (3 positions)
Principal Cello
Principal Bass
Assistant Principal Bass
3rd Flute/Piccolo
2nd Oboe/English Horn
3rd Oboe/English Horn
Principal Bassoon
Utility Horn
Harp
Keyboard

Audition application, requirements 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 Thursday, May 1, 2014. Location of the auditions will be announced later.


Audition Information & Application

Repertoire PDF

EPSO performs Carmina Burana!
EPSO PERFORMS “CARMINA BURANA”

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Teacher Packet


A TALE OF TWO STRAUSSES
Ring in the New Year with EPSO
“A TALE OF TWO STRAUSSES”
Cellist Zuill Bailey and Violinist Kurt Nikkanen
Ring In the New Year with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra and music director Bohuslav Rattay will ring in the New Year on January 24 and 25, 2014, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre in collaboration with the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival. These concerts, sponsored by Beverly and Ken Jinkerson, will mark the 9th consecutive season EPSO and El Paso Pro-Musica have collaborated to present renowned artists to El Paso audiences. This season’s collaboration brings two prominent artists, violinist Kurt Nikkanen and cellist Zuill Bailey, to multiple stages in El Paso including the Plaza Theatre where they will perform Rozsa’s Sinfonia Concertante, for violin, cello and orchestra. Kurt Nikkanen will also be featured in two Mozart pieces: Adagio for violin and orchestra and Rondo for violin and orchestra.

Titled “A Tale of Two Strausses,” the concerts will highlight the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in pieces by Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss:
J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture
J. Strauss An der schönen blauen Donau, op. 314 “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59

CONCERT SOLOISTS: Born in Hartford, Connecticut, violinist Kurt Nikkanen began his violin studies at the age of three. At twelve he gave his Carnegie Hall debut, performing with the New York Symphony; two years later he was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform the Paganini Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic for a Young People’s Concert. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. Mr. Nikkanen regularly receives invitations from the leading orchestras and presenters in the USA and Europe, and has toured Japan and the Far East. In addition to his orchestral appearances, Nikkanen performs regularly as a recitalist both in the US and abroad with his wife, pianist Maria Asteriadou, presenting repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven sonatas to Piazzolla tangos. He is the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and maintains a private teaching studio in New York, where he resides with his family.

Zuill Bailey is a distinguished American classical cellist, soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality, have secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey performs with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest and Stanislav Skrowaczewski and has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.

Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Bailey performs on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), Artistic Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival ( Washington), and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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

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

The El Paso Symphony’s 2013-2014 Season is presented with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

RECAP:
“Opening Notes” Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre @ the Plaza Theatre -- free and open to public
Concerts: January 24/25, 2014 “A Tale of Two Strausses”, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Kurt Nikkanen, Violin & Zuill Bailey, Cello
J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture
Mozart Adagio, Violin & Orchestra K.261, E major
Mozart Rondo, Violin & Orchestra K.373, C major
Rozsa Sinfonia Concertante, for violin, cello and orchestra, Op.29a, “Theme and Variations”
J. Strauss An der schönen blauen Donau, op. 314 “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59

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



About the Artists


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

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

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

Bohuslav Rattay

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

---El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association



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

Two-Season Search Concludes with Popular Czech Conductor Selected.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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Aykal Returns to El Paso
Jon Nakamatsu performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3
EPSO’s Emeritus Conductor Gürer Aykal returns to El Paso, after 9 seasons, to conduct the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in its final concerts of the 2012-2013 season. The concerts on April 19 & 20, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre will feature pianist Jon Nakamatsu in Rachmaninoff’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, op. 30. Sponsored by Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr., the program will also include Resphigi’s Ancient Air and Dances, Suite No. 3 for strings and Resphigi’s Pines of Rome.

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

In 1997, Jon Nakamatsu won the Van Cliburn gold medal. That same year, he opened the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s season in September 19 and 20 performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under Gürer Aykal. He returns to El Paso as the Symphony’s April 19 and 20 guest soloist to perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 under the direction of Gürer Aykal. In a recent interview with the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Nakamatsu said of the Rachmaninoff concerto: “The Third Concerto is one of the biggest concertos in the repertoire. It’s so exciting. I fell in love with it as a kid, even before I could read the notes. There’s so much in it a continual outpouring of emotion, and it has probably one of the most exciting endings of any concerto ever. So the audience loves it. It’s a big orchestra piece.” Nakamatsu started playing piano at age 6. He earned his bachelor’s degree in German studies and master’s degree in education from Stanford University and was teaching German at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California when he entered and won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, he continues to perform as a guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.

Join Andy Moran, EPSO Resident Conductor and Gürer Aykal, Emeritus Conductor at “Opening Notes,” 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre prior to each performance for a discussion on the evening’s program.

TICKET prices are $40, $35, $30, $20 and $15. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the El Paso Symphony office at (915) 532-3776, online at www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

The El Paso Symphony’s 2012-2013 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:
Friday, April 19 & Saturday, April 20, 2013 6:30pm, Philanthropy Theatre @ the Plaza Theatre
“Opening Notes” Pre-concert talk
Free: Open to public
Friday, April 19 & Saturday, April 20, 2013, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
Gürer Aykal, Emeritus Conductor
Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
Rachmaninoff Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, op. 30
Resphigi Ancient Air and Dances, Suite 3
Resphigi Pines of Rome
Single ticket prices: $40, $35, $30, $20, $15; Student prices are $10 and 8 plus applicable fees
EPSO (915) 532-3776 www.epso.org or www.ticketmaster.com



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

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

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

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



Downtown KidsPalooza Schedule


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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And The Beat Goes On!
The Search Continues
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) is pleased to announce the program for the 2012 – 2013 season as well as the continuation of the campaign to find a new Music Director/Conductor for the symphony.

“We are so excited for the fantastic program we have in store for this, our 82nd year,” said Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director of the EPSO. “There is something for everyone!”

The search for the EPSO’s seventh Music Director/Conductor began in 2010 when Sarah Ioannides retired after six years. Two Music Director/Conductor candidates who appeared last season, Lawrence Loh and Peter Rubardt, will return to the podium this season, along with three new contenders for consideration including Andrés Franco, Arthur Post and Bohuslav Rattay.

“The selection of our next Music Director/Conductor is an incredibly important one. This person will serve as the face for our organization, set the tone for our performances, must have good chemistry with the orchestra, and must be able to select programs that will appeal to the varying stylistic preferences of our patrons,” said Sue Woo, EPSO Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“All the conductors we invited last year were excellent and highly qualified and we are excited to have Lawrence Loh and Peter Rubardt return. We also believe our patrons should have the chance to experience new, very talented candidates before resting on this vital decision,” she added.

The recommendation for the next EPSO conductor lies in the hands of a Search Committee comprised equally of EPSO Board of Trustees members as well as members of the orchestra. The Search Committee has executed a rigorous review and selection process to choose these contenders among the hundreds considered from around the globe, some having applied and others having been put forth as recommendations.

Weighing heavily on their final decision is the public input, collected through social media venues including Facebook and Twitter. “Now more than ever we need our patrons to share their response to each candidate,” said Jacobson. “We were thrilled with the insight and thought our patrons put into their feedback on this selection, and cannot move forward with this critical decision without them.”

In addition to the contenders, there will be a special guest appearance by EPSO Emeritus Conductor Gürer Aykal. Aykal served as conductor of the EPSO from the 1992-1993 Season to the 2003-2004 Season.

“We are excited and gratified that Maestro Aykal will join us this season,” said Jacobson. “He was a celebrated leader of the symphony for many years, and we’re sure many of our patrons as well as orchestra members will be happy for his return.”

The EPSO’s 2012-2013 Season Program:

September 21 & 22, 2012
ARTHUR POST, GUEST CONDUCTOR
Ilya Yakushev, Piano
Stewart Goodyear Count Up
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, op. 37, C minor
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, op. 36 F minor

October 19 & 20, 2012
BOHUSLAV RATTAY, GUEST CONDUCTOR
Yolanda Kondonassis, Harp
Shostakovich Festive Overture
Ginastera Concerto for Harp, op. 25
Dvořák Symphony No. 8, op. 88, G major

November 16 & 17, 2012
ANDRES FRANCO, GUEST CONDUCTOR
Handel’s Messiah
El Paso Chorale Society
Thea Cordova, Soprano; Melissa Parks, Mezzo Soprano
Levi Hernandez, Baritone; Francisco A. Almanza, Tenor
Bizet Symphony No. 1, C major
Handel Messiah

January 25 & 26, 2013
LAWRENCE LOH, RETURNING GUEST CONDUCTOR
El Paso Pro-Musica Collaboration
Madalyn Parnas, Violin & Cecily Parnas, Cello
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis
Saint-Saëns The Muse and the Poet
Elgar Enigma Variations

February 22 & 23, 2013
PETER RUBARDT, RETURNING GUEST CONDUCTOR
Livia Sohn, Violin
Beethoven Symphony No. 5, op. 67, C minor
Korngold Violin Concerto, op. 35, D major
Bernstein On the Waterfront

April 19 & 20, 2013
GÜRER AYKAL, EMERITUS CONDUCTOR
Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
Packales Tour/Retour (Tango for Orchestra) Op. 71
Rachmaninoff Concerto for Piano No. 3, op. 30, D minor
Resphigi Ancient Air and Dances
Resphigi Pines of Rome


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Celebrating 20 Years in El Paso
Titovetses Art Exhibit
The Titovetses upcoming 20th anniversary in El Paso plus their passion for art and music and the distinct correlation between the two art forms has once again inspired them to bring their artwork together in benefit of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Over 25 paintings of internationally recognized Russian artists, Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets, will be on display in the Sotoa Gallery, 500 W. Overland, Suite 130 from May 10th through May 20th. The public is welcome to join us for the Opening Night Reception on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Victor Rodriguez will be served. Private viewing of the artwork can be scheduled from May 11th through the 20th. In addition, a digital catalo g is available upon request. To schedule a private viewing and/or digital catalog call the Symphony office at (915) 532-3776.

In May 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 and recently 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 Design 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.

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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.



Cirque de la Symphonie
The magic of Cirque and the El Paso Symphony combine on one stage for one night only! The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie -- Thursday, August, 25, 2011, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. This show has been thrilling audiences all over the United States and now El Pasoans will have the opportunity to experience and marvel in amazement as high flying aerialists and acrobats execute amazing feats set to classical masterpieces like Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Bizet's Carmen, Saint-Saens Samson and Delilah performed by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque performances witnessed anywhere, and it showcases many of the best artists in the world. The audience is thrilled and bedazzled by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These are some of the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs from across the globe. They include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Their performances are uniquely adapted to be staged the symphony, and each artist’s performance is choreographed to the music. When the artists of Cirque de la Symphonie perform in front of the full orchestra, an incredible fusion of these two great art forms takes place. The aerialists and acrobats turn the concert into a three dimensional entertainment extravaganza, and the orchestra seems to play with enhanced enthusiasm. Veteran concert-goers and new patrons alike are thrilled by the exhilarating cirque performances combined with the majesty of a live symphony orchestra.

Tickets are on sale now! Call (915) 532-3776. Go on line at www.epso.org. Tickets also available through any ticketmaster outlet or at the Plaza Theatre box office.

Performers


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association
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El Paso, Texas 79942
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www.epso.org





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.




EPSO adds to Education Staff
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the hiring of Alejandro Gonzalez as Lead Teaching Artist for its Tocando program and as Staff Conductor for its youth orchestra program. Mr. Gonzalez will spend time working with the young musicians of Tocando and the EPSYOs in rehearsal and performance. Mr. Gonzalez brings an impressive amount of experience as a performer and teacher to El Paso. A native of a native of Pereira, Colombia, Mr. Gonzalez holds a master's degree in cello performance from Missouri State University where he studied with Dr. Michael A. Murray and has performed as soloist with orchestras in Columbia, Jamaica, and the United States. His passion for using music education to impact social change has led Mr. Gonzalez to teach children and youth of underserved communities in Columbia, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Haiti.

“We are very excited to have Alejandro join the Tocando and EPSYOs artistic staff. His resume and background are very impressive, and I am sure that his work with our young musicians of El Paso will be impactful and enthusiastic.” said Andy Moran, EPSYOs Music Director. Tocando Program Director Karen Peters says, “Alejandro’s work with our Tocando students is going to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives. His work with El Sistema inspired programs is a tremendous asset for our program.”

Gonzalez says, “I am both honored and excited to be the new Lead Teaching Artist with Tocando and to become part of EPSYOs as staff conductor. My aim is to work hard, not only to make beautiful music but most importantly, to work with the kids of the city of El Paso and to help them become integral citizens through the values of music.”

About the EPSYOs
The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras was founded in the fall of 2005 to serve the talented young musicians of the Greater El Paso region. The EPSYOs was, and continues to be, the largest education program of the El Paso Symphony, and serves more than 300 young musicians from across the region each year. The EPSYOs also receives state and local support from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

About Tocando
Tocando is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to underserved children at Hart Elementary School in the Segundo Barrio. Each day, participating students will receive a healthy snack, academic tutoring, and two hours of high-quality musical instruction. As a community music project of the El Paso Symphony, Tocando aims to extend the symphony’s artistic and education impact to as many children and communities as possible. Tocando is made possible, in part, through a partnership with the IGNITE Initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation whose goal is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in high-quality programs during out of school hours. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association gratefully acknowledges the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras for their generous support of this program.

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


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.