Symphony opens 2015-16 season

  Thursday, October 8, 2015 2:00 AM

Pittsburg, KS

Symphony opens 2015-16 season

The Southeast Kansas Symphony will open its 2015-16 season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. As part of the opening concert, the symphony will welcome back two former conductors, Carolann Martin and Stella Hastings.

According to Raúl Munguía, artistic director and conductor for the orchestra, the repertoire for the concert is varied. It begins with two fanfares, “Sacra Symphonia Sonata Pian’e Forte,” by Giovanni Gabrieli, and “Action Fanfare,” by Brian Sadler. The two pieces will feature the brass studios of PSU faculty members Todd Hastings, trumpet; Carol Deats, horn; Bob Kehle, trombone; and Doug Whitten, tuba.

Carolann Martin, former SEK Symphony conductor, will lead the orchestra on Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture.” Former conductor Stella Hastings will then take the baton to lead the orchestra in Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess.”

Following intermission, Munguía will return to the podium and Cuban-American Pianist Amanda Virelles will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Virelles has performed as a soloist and with ensembles across the U.S., Europe, Central America and South America. She holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy, from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults, $5 for persons high-school aged and younger and $7 for persons 65 and older. PSU students, faculty, staff and retired staff are admitted without charge.



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