As we begin this new year, I’m excited to continue our season with our third classics concert, The Elegance of Elgar. As a conductor and musician, we are always looking to grow our ability and expand our repertoire. Personally, Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a piece that I have always loved and wanted to perform. This complex piece is a wonderful showcase of the musicians of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the extent of their talent. I know that our audience will be moved by such a classical masterwork!
The soloist for this concert, Tomoko Kanamaru, is someone I have known and worked with for many years. She is a wonderful teacher, and an even better piano artist. Dr. Kanamaru is the absolute consummate musician, and it is an honor to have her return to the SOST.
We are always looking for additional ways to educate our youth, and most recently we have been fine tuning our student educational concerts. This year we are taking a different approach and will be sending our chamber musicians into the school system to help introduce our third graders to the various families of instruments. This will culminate with an educational concert in April for area fifth graders at the Julie Rogers Theatre. This is an exciting new approach that the SOST and the Symphony League is undertaking!
We are going to close out the second half of the season with a flourish. After this February concert, we will have our final pops concert of the season with Spectrum: The Men of Motown. The Julie Rogers Theatre will be rocking to the soul sounds from 1960s and 1970s Detroit. In April, we will then close out our 65th season in style with the glorious Poulenc Gloria and our choir, and then end the concert with the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture in surround sound. Two concerts that you do not want to miss!
Stay tuned to see what else 2018 holds for the Symphony. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on February 10!