Beginning Sept. 1, the public can purchase individual seats for any of the five concerts to be presented this season by Symphony of the Hills. Individual concert tickets can be purchased by following the links online at www.symphonyofthehills.org.
Concerts are held at the Cailloux Theater starting at 7:30 p.m. Each concert is preceded by a wine and cheese reception for attendees.
This season’s first concert is “Swan Songs for the Orchestra,” a program of “graceful music” featuring works by Wagner, Haydn, St. Saens, and Tchaikovsky, which will be held Oct. 3.
This season’s concerts and dates:
• Oct. 3 – “Swan Songs for the Orchestra Graceful Music,”Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883); Concerto No. 1 for Cello in C Major, Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809); The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, Camille St. Saens (1835 – 1921); Overture for the End of a Century, Libby Larsen (1950 – ); Suite from Swan Lake, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893).
• Dec. 5 – “In the Spirit of Christmas,” Jingle Bells Forever arr., Robert W. Smith; March of the Toys from “Babes in Toyland,” Victor Herbert (1859-1924); A Canadian Brass Christmas arr., Calvin Custer (1848 – 1956) Selected Movements from Gloria, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741); Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 1 arr., Robert Shaw.
• Jan. 11 – “Music from Out of this World,” Thus Spake Zarathustra (from 2001 A Space Odyssey), Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949); Highlights from Wicked, Stephen Schwartz (1948 – ); The Complete Harry Potter, John Williams (1932 – ); The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Suite, Howard Leslie Shore (1946 – ); Theme from Jurassic Park: The Lost World, John Williams (1932 – ); Selections from Apollo 13, James Horner (1953 – 2015); Jupiter from The Planets, Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934)
• Feb. 27 – “Chopin and Friends,” Roman Carnival Overture, Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869); “Little Fugue” in G Minor, S. Bach (1685 – 1750); Festive March for Goethe Centenary, Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886); Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) Ryo Yanagitani, solo violin .
• April 23 – “Beethoven and Other Olympians,” The Olympic Spirit, John Towner Williams (1932 – ); Concertstucke (4 horns & orchestra), Robert Alexander Schumann (1810 – 1856); Symphony No. 7, Op. 92, Ludwig von Beethoven (1720-1827).
Dr. Eugene Dowdy is conductor and artistic director of Symphony of the Hills.
In addition to five regular season concerts, the Symphony of the Hills offers outreach opportunities, including two children's concerts that impact 1,600 elementary students at 24 area schools.
The Symphony of the Hills is a 75-piece orchestra with musicians from the Hill Country area. The nonprofit organization is funded through season ticket sales, corporate and individual donations, grants and other assistance, and program advertising.
Ticketing packages for those desiring to provide an extra level of support for the Symphony of the Hills are still available. Information on concerts, support, and outreach is online at www.symphonyofthehills.org.