FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – It’s a bit of history and plenty of beautiful music as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra presents Six Flags Over Texas on Sunday, Feb. 2 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre. FBSO will take concertgoers on a musical journey as they perform classical and popular music from the six countries that have laid claim to the Lone Star State.
The music of Spain comes from Joaquín Turina’s La Procesión del Rocío, which depicts the sights and sounds experienced during the annual Procession of the Dew festival in Seville, Spain. The music of France comes from composer Jacques Offenbach. FBSO will perform Ballet Parisien, a suite of tunes from Offenbach’s operas that begins with Overture from La Vie Parisienne and ends with the famous Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld.
Also on the program is Laredo Paso Doble by James Clifton Williams. This fast-paced piece, representing the music of Mexico, honors Elmo Lopez, a Laredo, Texas native recognized by the Texas Legislature for promoting goodwill between the U.S. and Mexico.
Concertgoers young and old will undoubtedly recognize music that represents the Republic of Texas and the United States: Texas Our Texas, The Yellow Rose of Texas and The Stars and Stripes Forever. Music Director Dr. Héctor Agüero will share more background on the musical selections during an informal “Beyond the Baton” talk beginning in the theatre at 1:30 p.m.
The Winner of the 14th annual FBSO Marielle Ogletree Young Artist Concerto Competition, Ben Hoang will perform the last movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. (
Reserved seats for adults begin at $12 with discounts for adults 55 and over, students, military and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free with a reserved ticket. Order tickets at fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642.
The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford.
Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra violinists Gloribelle Kelly and Daniel Hung show their Texas spirit as they prepare for the Six Flags Over Texas concert on Sunday, Feb. 2.
About the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO), founded in 1992, enriches the lives of Fort Bend residents and surrounding areas with live symphonic music presented by its volunteer members. The full-size orchestra, complete with brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion, represents an abundant cross-section of local talent, most of whom reside in the Fort Bend area. FBSO also fosters local musicians through sponsorship of an annual Concerto Competition that includes a cash prize for the winner and the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra.