A Season to Celebrate: East Texas Symphony Orchestra announces its return to the stage

A Season to Celebrate

With great excitement and anticipation, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra will return to the stage, live and in person, on November 13, 2021. “It is a season to celebrate!” says Dr. D.M. Edwards, ETSO Board Chair, “We look forward to being back on the stage with a stellar lineup of great performances.”

Opening Night will be a very special evening as ETSO welcomes guest artist and local favorite, soprano Sylvia D’Eramo to start the year. The celebratory program will feature the music of Beethoven and Dvorak, including Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”.

On January 29, 2022, ETSO is excited to welcome back a familiar face. Charles Yang, from the popular trio Time for Three, joins as a solo artist performing works ranging from Bach, Ravel, and Verdi, to the music of Queen and more. Yang will perform – both violin and vocals – some of his own original works and arrangements include Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. “It’s not every day an orchestra calls up the soloist and together, they collaboratively put together a program of such varied works,” said Yang. “I can’t wait for this concert. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone.”

Rock the Classics II will be an exciting performance on February 26, 2022, and will feature ETSO along with the Stanley’s BBQ All-Star Band. Expanding on the wildly successful theme from 2014, this program features mash-ups of classic rock and pop tunes with their unlikely counterparts in classical music.

ETSO celebrates Beethoven on March 26, 2022! This performance will feature some unexpected works by Beethoven including his “Coriolan” and “King Stephen” Overtures plus his Grosse Fugue. Since Beethoven was one of Haydn’s prized pupils, it’s only fitting to perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C featuring British cellist Colin Carr. Rounding out the program is Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.

The season will culminate with a celebratory concert and joining with ETSO will be Jon Kimura Parker as featured pianist for a performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. A veteran of the international concert stage, Jon Kimura Parker will bring his stellar talents along with infectious enthusiasm for a dynamic performance guaranteeing an exciting season finale on April 30, 2022.

“There is definitely something for everyone on this season,” states Music Director Richard Lee. “We wanted to create a season that will appeal to our loyal subscribers and entice first-timers alike, and I think we’ve done that with these programs.”

All are invited to come and celebrate the season with East Texas Symphony Orchestra at the UT Tyler Cowan Center. For more details and tickets, visit www.etso.org

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