Thursday, October 14, the Wimberley Concert Association is pleased to present an evening of classical music performed by members of the Starlight Symphony Chamber Orchestra featuring Paula Bird and the Advanced Suzuki Strings.
The Starlight Symphony Orchestra, in its third season of performing, makes a unique contribution to the cultural life of our community. Members come from throughout the 700 square mile area of our region: South Austin, Oak Hill, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Wimberley, Manchaca, San Marcos, Blanco, Spring Branch and San Antonio. The musicians include professionals, semi-professionals, adult amateurs and students, and range in age from eighth graders through senior citizens. Since no nearby school districts currently offer orchestra programs, the Starlight Symphony Orchestra provides the only opportunity of its kind for students in our area. This is particularly important for young string players who need orchestral playing experience at the high school level if they hope to play in college.
Taking the baton for the Starlight Symphony Orchestra will be Music Director Dr. David Davenport. Holding a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, Davenport currently serves as Director of Orchestras at the LBJ School for the Arts and Sciences in Austin. Davenport assumed the post of Director of Orchestras at LBJ in 2002, after several successful years in the Rio Grande Valley. There he founded the South Texas Youth Symphony in McAllen and built the ensemble into an orchestra of over 100 musicians in three years.
Selections performed by the Starlight Symphony Chamber Orchestra will include "Concerto for 2 flutes and Strings" by Telemann, featuring Doug Koeppe and Lisa Gross on flute, and "Oboe Concerto in D Minor" by Alessando Marcello, with Tina Hergotz on oboe, as well as compositions by Tchaikovsky, Lully, Christoph Gluck, and contemporary composer William Walton.
In a featured violin solo, guest artist Paula E. Bird will perform "Allegro from the Sonata in G Major" by J. S. Bach. A former member of the San Antonio Symphony, Bird currently plays first violin with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Lyric Opera, and she serves as Associate Concertmaster and Master Class Clinician with the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon. Bird currently teaches chamber music, private violin lessons, and co-teaches the String Methods classes at the Texas State University. She is also a certified teacher of Dr. Suzukiís Talent Education Method and maintains an extensive private studio in Wimberley. In addition to her responsibilities with Texas State University, including the University Summer Strings Camp, Bird is also the Director of the Texas State University Suzuki String Institute. Paula Bird will be accompanied by Dr. Joey Martin on piano.
Also performing for the Concert Association for the first time will be the Suzuki Advanced Ensemble. These young violinists are students in the studios of Paula Bird and Deanna Badgett and learn to play through the Suzuki Method. For this concert, the Suzuki Ensemble will present the glorious, heart-touching melodies of "Ave Maria" by J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus," as well as J.S. Bach's "Unaccompanied Gavotte." The Starlight Symphony Chamber Orchestra will accompany the Ensemble for the first movement of J.S.Bach's "Concerto in D minor for Two violins," a lively, intriguing piece which swaps fast runs of notes back and forth between the two parts.
The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Chapel in the Hills in Wimberley. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and children (supervised by adults) and students are admitted free. All proceeds from the Wimberley Concert Associationís 2004-2005 season will go to music scholarships for local music students.
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