Review: Final Concert of the 2015-2016 Season

On Sunday, May 1st, Mid-Texas Symphony aficionados, new and seasoned alike, gathered for a delightful finale to the 2015-2016 Season.

Opening with a well-loved piece from modern composer, Aaron Copland, we began with his rough and tumble piece about a self-made legend, Billy The Kid; Ballet Suite. Composed in 1938, the natural twists and turns of the piece had audience members inching toward the edge of their seats, anticipating the next note.

Making his symphonic debut as a solo artist, Nathan Ryland, the 22-year old winner of Mid-Texas Symphony 2015 Young Artist Competition brought his piano expertise to the stage. Presenting Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3., Ryland was a force to be reckoned with as his fingers literally flew across the keyboards.

Maestro Mairs teased that the audience would not only hear but also feel the power of the piece that began the second half of the concert. The Saint Saens’ Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony, as played by guest artist, Dr. Edwin Rieke at the keyboard – the Maestro and orchestra delivered a standing ovation performance.

So we say so long to the 2015-2016 Season and at the same time work diligently toward our the 2016-2017 Season. It won’t be long until we see you again. Look for more about the upcoming season to come your way soon.