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Percussion and Woodwinds Perform “Melody and Rhythm” Nov. 20

Percussion and Woodwinds Perform “Melody and Rhythm” Nov. 20

The Valley Symphony Orchestra continues its fall digital season with another online concert premiering November 20 at 7:00 p.m. At a time when concerts and in-person events have been postponed because of concerns over public health risks, the Symphony has reinvented its delivery model with a series of specially produced chamber concerts that are presented for all to enjoy, thanks to generous donor and sponsor support.

Celebrating 20 years this season as the music director and conductor of the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Dabrowski has prepared a program of concerts that are a departure from typical symphonic repertoire. “The biggest challenge for us was how to continue bringing music to the community when we all need it most,” Maestro Dabrowski said. “Even though we cannot gather, we still need a way to connect and to stay strong in a time of difficulty.”

Melody and Rhythm will premiere live on Facebook on Friday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. followed by an encore broadcast on KRGV–Channel 5 the following Sunday morning November 22 at 11:00 a.m. The concert will be available to all, thanks to the generous support of Kenneth and Carolyn Landrum, Clark Chevrolet, and Clark-Knapp Honda. Other major fall season supporters include Mrs. Wanda Boush, Drs. Tawhid and Mihaela Shuaib, Mrs. Trudie Elmore Abbott, and Frost Bank.

“We all wish we could be in the concert hall, but trying something new has been exciting and refreshing,” said Executive Director Katy Coy. “Every section of the orchestra has its own distinctive sound and character. I think audience members will enjoy greatly the ability to follow the music much more closely than ever before.”

The November 20 concert will feature the VSO percussion ensemble and woodwind sextet, each presenting dynamic selections that span genres and eras. The woodwind ensemble will perform lyrical melodies, rich in harmonies and texture, while the percussion ensemble explores a wide range of instruments of contrasting sound in thrilling rhythms.

The percussion section consists of Philip Johnson, Virginia Davis, Mauricio Castellano, Moses Simon, Adan Rosa III, and Eduardo Treviño. They will be joined by Zynahia Banda (flute), Yingching Jeter (oboe), Melissa Vaughan (clarinet), Art Gonzalez (bassoon), Gabriel Hernandez (French horn), and Linda Chavez (piano). The ensembles will perform on November 20 at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook and on November 22 at 11:00 am on KRGV–Channel 5. The fall concert series kicked off with The Symphony Strings on October 23 and will conclude with A Touch of Frost on December 18.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more, join the VSO’s mailing list at valleyorchestra.org or call the VSO at (956) 661-1615.