Concert No 6: Americana Goes Classic!

Singer/songwriter Stewart Mann and brother, Garrett, of The Statesboro Revue.

Singer/songwriter Stewart Mann and brother, Garrett, of The Statesboro Revue.

In the world of musical fusion, few smash-ups have been as successful as an ever-increasingly wide range of musical genres/artists  performing with symphony orchestras. From Willie Nelson and the Austin Symphony, Eric Clapton and the London Philharmonic Symphony, Elton John and the Melbourne Symphony, singer/songwriters and Symphony orchestras have produced magic all around the world by joining forces.

 The Statesboro Revue and Mid-Texas Symphony are combining the groovy sound of Americana and fusing it with the sweeping sounds of orchestral music. The fusion takes both genres and ramps them up to the next musical level! The Sound is Now!

Stewart Mann, singer/songwriter of The Statesboro Revue, says, “This may be one of the coolest things we have ever done. Mid-Texas Symphony is taking eight of our original songs and charting each of them to an orchestral accompaniment. I am so excited our band will play our songs with a professional orchestra!"

Mann’s group, hailed as one of the Top Ten Americana Groups to watch in 2017 is not new to recognition. In 2009, Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed The Statesboro Revue as one of the highlights of the 2009 South by Southwest Conference and Festival. 

Americana Goes Classic is a fusion of guitars, violins, drums, cellos, and horns featuring home-grown artist Stewart Mann's soulful songs and the symphonic sound of our area's only professional orchestra. Presented by Mid-Texas Symphony.

Americana Goes Classic: Saturday, April 29th. Show begins at 7:30 at the Brauntex Theater in New Braunfels.  GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY: mtsymphony.org / 830.463.5353

Mozart's Concerto No. 3 - One Of The Best Violin Concertos In The History Of Music

For more than 300 years, the violin concerto remains the most popular concert in modern concert halls across the World. First developed in the Baroque era, Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi helped to perfect the format we now know as the Violin Concerto. The masters of the Classical Period, 1750 to 1820, Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, also composed in the form with the genre remaining a preferred diversion for concert attendees and partygoers alike. The Concertos tended to run in length from about twenty-five minutes and were valued for being somewhat lighthearted in character.

Beethoven transformed the violin concerto in the first years of the nineteenth century, as he did the symphony, into a grand orchestral work, a profound and elongated statement that plumbed emotional depths left untouched by his predecessors. Such is the monumental nature of Beethoven’s single composition in the genre that it stands alone among his oeuvre; he seemed to think that it could not be rivaled by another attempt.

Composers of the Romantic Period, 1780-1910, saw the violin concerto as conducive not only to pyrotechnic displays of skill by the soloist but also as ripe for the expression of personal testimonies of great emotion. The concerto now stretched to some forty minutes or more. The likes of Johannes Brahms, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak, and Jean Sibelius each completed one piece in the genre and their compositions today are known simply as “The Brahms,” “The Tchaikovsky,” etc. The violin concerto continued to flourish into the twentieth century, with the Americans Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Samuel Barber providing two of its greatest post-Romantic incarnations, though returning its length to that of the Classical Period. Though it has been three-quarters of a century since the last great violin concerto was composed, the genre will survive for time immemorial because of the great incarnations of pieces like Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 for Violin in G Major as played by a violinist with the skill of Mid-Texas Symphony’s Laura Scalzo.  (The Top Ten Greatest Violin Concertos by Stephen M. Klugewicz)

#MusicaIs...Nourishment for the Heart and Soul

In all the busy-ness in our lives, sometimes we forget to enjoy the little things. Taking a sip of warm tea, spending time outside on a beautiful day, having a meaningful conversation with a loved one, listening to beautiful music, when was the last time you did these things? If we aren't intentional about feeding our heart and soul with good things, we can get worn out by all the clutter and noise of the world. 

Music is a unique way of expressing yourself. Find a song that speaks to you, let it inspire you. Don't just listen to any music, some are better than others! Listening to classical music in particular can have many benefits for the listener. Listening to classical music can reduce stress and improve productivity. Doesn't that sound nice? Next time you are stressed at the office and need to get a lot done, try putting some classical music to help! 
Classical music can also spark creativity and put you in a better mood. When your child is having trouble concentrating on writing a paper or working on a project, try getting them to listen to classical music. Surely it will make the experience a more pleasant one. 

Think of it like feeding your body. You wouldn't want to eat junk food all the time, right? That would just lead to a lot of problems. So wouldn't you feed your heart and soul with the best music available? Classical music is a wonderful thing to do exactly that!

As with any music, classical music is best heard live! Don't forget to buy tickets for our upcoming concerts. 

Concert No. 5 on March 26th at 4:00 pm
Have an evening filled with Vivaldi’s Sinfonia No. 3, Mozart’s Concerto for Violin No. 5, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 all executed by the talented hands of Mid-Texas Symphony. 

Concert No. 6 on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 pm
American Goes Classic! An exciting program of brass and percussion featuring Mid-Texas Symphony brass and percussion artists.

Concert No. 4: The Big Band Blowout

 
 

Starting a new year is all about starting over, and with the arrival of a new year brings the second half of the Mid-Texas Symphony’s 2016-2017 concerts. In December, we went out with a holiday bang, and we’re kicking off this year with a dance! Travel back to the good old times of music with orchestral sounds of Big Band favorites. The first official Mid-Texas Symphony and Concert No. 4 of the current season uplifts you into the swinging sounds of Big Band music. The Big Band Blowout is arriving!

Mid-Texas Symphony’s The Big Band Blowout is the perfect throwback to get the audience out of their seats and onto the dancefloor. The Symphony will be performing songs from classic Big Band artists such as Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Count Bassie, and Glen Miller, with vocal performances by SAVAE. Put on your dance shoes, because while these artists are performed orchestrally you’ll have the chance to learn how to swing dance - and food and drinks will be provided! 

Will you swing dance with Mid-Texas Symphony? Celebrate this special genre of music on February 18th, at 6:00 pm, at the New Braunfels Civic Center.

Concert No. 5

Don’t forget, we return to the sweet sounds of classical music soon after the Big Band Blowout. Have an evening filled with Vivaldi’s Sinfonia No. 3, Mozart’s Concerto for Violin No. 5, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 all executed by the talented hands of Mid-Texas Symphony. Concert No. 5 is on March 26th, 4:00 pm, at the Jackson Auditorium.