Friday, March 27, 2020
THE VALLEY SYMPHONY SEASON FINALE
McAllen Performing Arts Center
801 Convention Center Blvd.
Mariachi Aztlán, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Justin Writer, featured composer
Violin Concerto No. 2, B minor
III. Rondo "La Campanella"
Geoffrey Wong, violin
Popurrí de Mi Tierra
Popurrí Roberto Cantoral
México En La Piel
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
-Geoffrey Wong, the Valley Symphony’s very own Concertmaster, displays his technical prowess and superb musicality in the fiendishly difficult La Campanella written by Paganini whose talent was such that in life he was accused of having consorted with the devil to acquire his unmatched skills on the violin.
-The nationally award-winning Mariachi Aztlán from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has had highlight performances that include an invitation to perform for President Obama at the White House in 2010 and the premiere of the world’s first mariachi-opera in collaboration with the Houston Grand Opera.
-Maestro Peter Dabrowski showcases the best of his concert program in this night’s incredible list of selections.
-Symphony by Design is embodied in this concert as the symphony explores all of the best music that the Valley has to offer.
-Crystal Horizon was commissioned especially for the Valley Symphony Orchestra from local composer Justin Writer, Professor of Composition at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
-Boléro by Ravel is a well-known popular piece that has been featured in many films and has captured the imagination of audiences across the world despite the controversy and debate that it initially faced.
It's the ultimate expression of Symphony by Design! Maestro Dabrowski presents a season finale of selections that embody the best of music in the Valley. VSO Concertmaster Geoffrey Wong will perform Paganini's violin showpiece La Campanella, followed by the Orchestra's performance of Crystal Horizon, a specially commissioned piece by local Valley composer Justin Writer. For the second half of the concert, nationally-acclaimed UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán joins the Symphony for a beautiful blend of Mexican tradition and symphonic sound that is a standing crowd pleaser. Ravel's hypnotizing and voluptuous Boléro, a piece that travels through the orchestra giving each instrument a moment to shine will be a fantastic curtain call for the 2019-20 season.