The 48th season of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra will begin on September 18 with a series of concerts.
- 7:30 p.m., Victoria Fine Arts Center, Guitar Hero, DJ Sparr, electric guitar
- “Cindy” by Lyndol Mitchell of Kentucky Mountain Portraits
- Concerto “Glacier” by Kenneth Fuchs for electric guitar and orchestra
- Symphony No. 9 “New World” by Antonin Dvorak
According to a press release from the orchestra, audiences will be treated to the iconic, American sounds of the electric guitar, which has made such a rich contribution to American musical history. Join the orchestra for their very first electric guitar concerto, with improvised virtuoso segments written by Fuchs. In addition, the orchestra presents the American folk song “Cindy” in a dynamic arrangement for full orchestra and Dvorak’s American-themed Symphony No. 9, which he called “From the New World”.
- 6:30 p.m., Victoria Fine Arts Center, Symphony Spooktacular
- 7:30 p.m., Victoria Fine Arts Center, Take 5 to Take 3
Also featured is Take 3, a violin, cello and piano trio that performs both classical and popular selections with the orchestra. From music from “Game of Thrones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” to popular covers by Billy Joel and Imagine Dragons, attendees will hear classical virtuosity with popular appeal.
- 7:30 p.m., Victoria Fine Arts Center, Jose Feliciano
Feliciano is a name synonymous with an international presence that has influenced popular music for more than two generations, according to the statement. He is recognized as the first Latin artist to enter the English music market, opening the doors to other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry. Feliciano has been hailed by critics around the world as “the greatest guitarist alive”. He has received more than 45 gold and platinum records. It won 19 Grammy Award nominations, winning nine Grammy Awards. He is best known for his hits “Feliz Navidad”, “Chico and the Man”, “California Dreamin ‘”, “Light My Fire”, “Ay CariÃ±o”, “Ponte A Cantar”, “Cuando El Amor Se Acaba” and “Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar?”
- The conductor’s grimoire (through the schools)
- 7:30 p.m., Victoria Fine Arts Center, Classical Blockbusters Meet the East, Changlu Wu, pipa
- Opening by Gioachino Rossini at the “Barber of Seville”
- Han Lan Kui’s “Qilian Rhapsody for Pipa”
- “The Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana
- Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” (1919 version)
Join the orchestra for a mix of classics and greatest hits like Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” combined with an exotic concerto featuring the Chinese version of the mandolin, the pipa . The lush and romantic âQilian Rhapsodyâ features Houston-based pipa virtuoso Changlu Wu.
- 6:30 p.m., DeLeon Plaza in downtown Victoria, Downtown Rhythms
- 7:30 p.m., Victoria Fine Arts Center, to be confirmed
Programs and artists are subject to change without notice. Season tickets are available by calling 361-576-4500, or by visiting victoriasymphony.com or the VSO Facebook page.