Symphony of the Hills to play concert Thursday

With a musical theme of “storm and stress,” the Symphony of the Hills will present a concert featuring the works of Rossini, Prokofiev and Offenbach tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 27, at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a wine reception at 6:30 p.m.

Pieces were selected for this program that each tell a dramatic story, according to Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director.

“For example, ‘Peter and Wolf’ is a story of young boy, some animals, a sinister wolf and some hunters,” Dunnahoo said. “There is considerable stress in this tale as the wolf swallows a duck, Peter captures the dangerous wolf and the hunters later assist Peter in taking the wolf to a zoo.”

Other selections include Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” a four-part piece which paints a musical picture of life in the Swiss Alps; Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld Overture,” an opera based upon Greek mythology; Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra,” and Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme.”

“My major goal in choosing music is to provide an enriching and enjoyable experience for our audience while continuing to support the great cultural heritage of orchestral music,” Dunnahoo said.

Kerrville native and high school band director Marty Lenard will solo on “Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone.”

Lenard has a master’s of music, was named Texas State University Instrumentalist of the Year and has performed in Carnegie Hall.

Tickets can be reserved online at www.symphonyofthehills.org/tickets.

Information is available at www.symphonyofthehills.org, info@symphonyofthehills.org, and (830) 792-7469.

The final concert of the season is “From Russia With Love” on May 1.

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